Aliens vs Predator:
Requiem ( MA15+) 20th Century Fox ( 94 minutes) $ 29.95
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.