RETRO REVIEW: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)

Theatrical Release Poster – 20th Century Fox

The following is a short review of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – Directed by The Brothers Strause. For more Alien reviews, check out this category.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem takes place just after the events of Alien vs. Predator. The ‘alien’ that burst out of a Predator is a hybrid of the two alien species and manages to take down the Predator ship. The ship crashes into Earth, and suddenly the hybrid alien and other Xenomorphs are loose in a small town in Colorado.

Paul W. S. Anderson’s Alien vs. Predator was met with mostly negative reviews and criticism from fans who disliked that the mash-up movie was rated PG-13. With its sequel – Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – 20th Century Fox was finally giving fans exactly what they wanted by chucking the Xenomorphs and the Predators into an American town, and they were actually aiming for an R-rating this time around.

The result was the worst film in the Alien series of films and it’s not even close. The only good thing about Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is that it is pretty gutsy in how far it goes to show extreme alien violence. Unfortunately, that violence is sometimes disturbingly and sickeningly gory.

While the hybrid alien may be designed very well, the film gives you no idea of what it actually looks like. You can’t really see anything. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is one of the most poorly lit major studio releases in recent memory. It seems like they had great practical creature suits at their disposal, but the film frustratingly doesn’t show them off.

The film also just looks really cheap — almost as if it is just a cheaply made television movie. The visual effects aren’t great either, the characters are equally underwhelming, some of the dialogue is atrocious, and the film, as a whole, is just a tedious gore-fest.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem looks and feels worse than a run-of-the-mill science-fiction television movie. It is completely unenjoyable, even though the film is as gory as anyone could ever want. It’s a slog to get through, and easily the worst film in both the Alien-franchise and the Predator-franchise.

1 out of 10

– Jeffrey Rex

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