Aliens vs Preda­tor:

Re­quiem ( MA15+) 20th Cen­tury Fox ( 94 min­utes) $ 29.95

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Sharon Fowler

WHEN a fa­ther and son out hunt­ing get a harm­less doe in their sights early on in Aliens vs Preda­tor: Re­quiem , you just know they’re bound to be first against the wall when that ship full of nasty alien crit­ters crash- lands. And land it does. In this se­quel to 2004’ s Alien vs Preda­tor , the bat­tle be­tween two alien species con­tin­ues, this time in a small Amer­i­can town, where sher­iff Ed­die Mo­rales ( John Or­tiz) finds him­self at the cen­tre of the fray. Also in the pic­ture is Dal­las ( Steven Pasquale), the brood­ing bad boy ex- con who has just re­turned to his home town; his brother Ricky ( Johnny Lewis), a pizza de­liv­ery boy se­cretly yearn­ing for Jesse ( Kris­ten Hager); and just- re­turned ser­vice­woman Kelly ( Reiko Aylesworth). Both AVP films are based on the cre­ations from Alien ( 1979) and Preda­tor ( 1987). Re­quiem direc­tors Colin and Greg Strause, who have a long his­tory in vis­ual ef­fects, do man­age to re­call the look of those films. The ac­tors are fine, but the bare plot is so er­ratic and char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment so thin that there’s not a lot to hold in­ter­est. It does pick up a lit­tle half­way through when the Na­tional Guard ar­rives and a gov­ern­ment con­spir­acy emerges. But, like many a fran­chise, it has dis­tilled what was clas­sic about the Alien tril­ogy and en­ter­tain­ing in Preda­tor into some­thing bland and soul­less. In the depths of space where no one can hear you scream, the aliens were sheer ter­ror; when they’re stalk­ing around diner kitchens or high school gyms, alas, they’re less fright­en­ing than that un­for­giv­ing deer hunter.

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