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Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Film information
Directed by The Brothers Strause
Produced by John Davis
Wyck Godfrey
Walter Hill
Written by Shane Salerno
Characters:
Dan O'Bannon
Ron Shusett
Jim Thomas
John Thomas
Starring Steven Pasquale
Reiko Aylesworth
John Ortiz
Johnny Lewis
Ariel Gade
Kristen Hager
Sam Trammell
Robert Joy
Music Brian Tyler
Cinematography Daniel C. Pearl
Editing Dan Zimmerman
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox
Release information
Release date(s) December 25, 2007
Running time 94 min.
Budget $40 million
Worldwide Gross $157,461,400[1]
MPAA Rating
Chronology
Preceded by Alien vs. Predator
Followed by Predators  

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, often shortened to AVP:R or AVP-R and also known as AVP2: Aliens vs. Predator or Aliens vs. Predator 2, is a 2007 science fiction film directed by Colin and Greg Strause and starring Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis and Ariel Gade. A sequel to Alien vs. Predator, it involves the Predalien created at the end of the previous film crash-landing in a small American town and wreaking havoc on the local populace. As the inhabitants sturggle to survive, the military takes steps to contain the situation.

Filming began on September 25, 2006 in Vancouver with the Brothers Strause directing based on a screenplay by Shane Salerno.[2] The film was released on December 25, 2007 and received an overwhelmingly negative response from film critics. Despite this, the film grossed $9.5 million on its opening day and took in a worldwide gross of almost $130 million in theaters. According to Home Media Magazine, the film debuted at #1 in sales and rentals on Blu-ray and #2 on DVD when it was released on home video on April 15, 2008. Since then, the film has gained $28,550,434 in home video sales, bringing its total film gross to $157,461,400.[3] The film, along with it's predecessor, has been widely condemned many fans of the franchise.

PlotEdit

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Birth of the Predalien.

The film begins immediately following the events of Alien vs. Predator, aboard the Predator Mother Ship which is leaving Earth carrying dead Aliens, living Facehuggers, and the body of the Predator Scar who helped defeat the Alien Queen. A Chestburster erupts from Scar's body; it is a new creature, a Predalien that is a mix of Alien and Predator characteristics. It sneaks onto a Scout Ship which soon leaves the Mother Ship, quickly matures into an adult, and begins killing Predators throughout the ship. One Predator fires at it, puncturing the hull and causing the ship to crash in the forest outside of Gunnison, Colorado. With the Predators dead, the Predalien and several Facehuggers escape into the forest where a father and son are on a hunting trip. The Facehuggers give chase until Sam trips over which allows them to catch up, the father manages to kill one but is himself subdued moments later. The remaining Facehuggers implant embryos into homeless men living in the sewers.

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A Predator sends out the Distress Call.

A distress signal from the wrecked ship reaches the Predator home world and a lone Predator called Wolf responds, traveling to Earth and using his advanced technology to observe the cause of the crash and track the Facehuggers. He begins to erase the evidence of the Aliens' presence by destroying the crashed ship and using a blue liquid to dissolve the bodies of the Facehuggers and their victims.

Meanwhile, in Gunnison, ex-convict Dallas Howard has just returned to town after serving time in prison. He is greeted by Sheriff Eddie Morales and reunites with his younger brother Ricky. Ricky has a romantic interest in his more affluent classmate Jesse and is being harassed by her boyfriend Dale and two of his friends. Dale throws Ricky's car keys down a storm drain and, while searching for them, Dallas and Ricky hear noises and see evidence of something strange in the sewers. Nearby, Kelly O'Brien — also returning to Gunnison from service in the Army — is reunited with her husband Tim and daughter Molly.

Sheriff Morales leads a search party into the forest looking for the missing father and son. One of his deputies is killed by Wolf, who makes its way into the sewers and fights a number of adult Aliens. As the battle reaches the surface, several Aliens disperse into the town. Carrie resigning for the night at her job at the local diner is then trapped and impregnated by the Predalien, becoming the first victim of the Predalien's new impregnation method. Wolf pursues some of the aliens to the power plant, where collateral damage from his weaponry causes a city-wide power outage. Ricky and Jesse meet at the high school swimming pool but are interrupted by Dale and his cohorts just as the power fails. An Alien enters the building and kills both of Dale's companions. Another Alien invades the O'Brien home, killing Tim while Kelly escapes with Molly.

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The Predalien implanting Bellybursters.

Kelly and Molly meet Ricky, Jesse, Dale, Dallas, and Sheriff Morales at a sporting goods store to gather weapons. National Guard troops arrive but are quickly killed by the Aliens. The battle between the Wolf and the Aliens enters the sporting goods store, where Dale is killed. The Predator's Plasma Casters are damaged, but he is able to modify one into a hand-held Plasma Cannon.

As the survivors attempt to escape Gunnison they make radio contact with Colonel Stevens, who indicates that an air evacuation is being staged at the center of town. Kelly is suspicious of the military's intentions, convincing a small group to go to the hospital where they hope to escape by helicopter while Sheriff Morales heads to the evacuation area with the rest of the surviving citizens. The hospital, however, has been invaded by Aliens, with the Predalien reproducing by implanting embryos directly into pregnant women in the maternity ward. Wolf also arrives at the hospital and in the ensuing battle Jesse is killed, Ricky is injured, and Dallas takes possession of the Wolf's Plasma pistol.

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The Predalien and Wolf both mortally wounded.

As the battle reaches the rooftop Dallas, Ricky, Kelly, and Molly escape in the helicopter while Wolf and the Predalien battle hand-to-hand. The two creatures mortally wound each other just as a military jet arrives and is revealed not to be a rescue airlift but rather a bomber; it executes a tactical nuclear strike that destroys the town, killing the Predator, the Predalien, and any remaining Aliens and citizens. The shock wave from the explosion causes the fleeing helicopter to crash in a clearing, where the survivors are rescued by the military and the Wolf's Plasma pistol is confiscated. Colonel Stevens presents the weapon to a Ms. Yutani, who remarks that the world is not ready for this technology. Colonel Stevens replies that the technology is not for our world.

CastEdit


ProductionEdit

Inspired by Terminator 2: Judgment Day, brothers Colin and Greg Strause moved to Los Angeles to break into the film business. After an unsuccessful attempt to find employment at ILM, the brothers worked on the X-Files film and founded their own special effects company, Hydraulx. The company produced special effects for films such as Volcano, Titanic, The Day After Tomorrow, Poseidon and 300 and the brothers began a career directing commercials and music videos. Colin believes Hydraulx secured a strong relationship with 20th Century Fox, which owns the Alien and Predator franchises.[4]

The brothers unsuccessfully pitched an idea for the first Alien vs. Predator film and Fox almost bought a film titled Wolfenstein suggested by the brothers, "When the script came up for this movie, they thought we'd be perfect for it because it's an ambitious movie for the budget that they had and they knew that having our visual effects background was going to be a huge thing."[4] The brothers were hired to direct the sequel to Alien vs. Predator in late spring 2006 and had limited time to start filming in the fall.[4]

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was filmed on a 52-day schedule in Vancouver.[5] During filming breaks, the brothers supervised visual effects work on 300, Shooter and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer by using in-house supervisors and a system called Mavis and Lucy, which let the brothers track, view and approve dailies. Colin estimates Hydraulx produced 460 of the 500 visual effects shots including the nuclear explosion which was created using Maya fluids and BA Volume Shader. The interior of the Predator ship was created using CGI, as the brothers felt it would be more cost effective than building a set.[5] The visual effects team peaked at 110 people for several months and averaged 70, almost all of the entire Hydraulx staff.[6]

Using their knowledge in visual effects and making use of principal photography, the brothers tried to film as much as they could on camera without resorting to CGI, Colin said "Other than the exterior spaceship shots, there are no pure CG shots". CGI was used for the Alien tails and inner-jaws, whereas they required puppeteers and wire removal on previous films. The main visual effects of the film included set design, a nuclear explosion, the Predator's ship crashing and the Predator cloak, about which Colin stated "We wanted to make sure it didn't look too digital".[5]

The film was rated R for violence, gore and language, unlike its predecessor, which was given a PG-13 rating.[7] The BBFC's classification decision for the film is the same as the original (Rated 15), whilst the Australian OFLC rated the film MA, up on the original's MA rating.

SoundtrackEdit

Brian Tyler was hired to compose the score for the film. The end credits track entitled "Requiem" is a clash of two main themes, one consisting of the Predator type theme (bongos and basses) and the second of the Aliens (high pitched violins, violas and flutes). The directors Colin and Greg Strause wanted to take a new direction from Harald Kloser's Alien vs Predator score and wanted Tyler to use some reference to the two films' original score pieces, such as the horrific violas and percussion from James Horner's Aliens and the primitive tribal percussion from Alan Silvestri's Predator and its sequel.[8] Brian Tyler also referenced composer John Frizzel's Alien Resurrection into the score, in the tracks of National Guard pt.1 & 2 and Taking Sides.

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was released in North America on December 25, 2007, in 2,563 theaters. The film grossed $9,515,615 on its opening day for an average of $3,707 per theater and was number ten at the box office.[9] It grossed $5 million in Australia, $9 million in Japan and the United Kingdom and $7 million in Russia for an international total of $86,288,761. As of February 24, 2009, the film had taken in a domestic gross of $41,797,066 and an international gross of $87,087,428, bringing it to a total of $128,884,494.[3] The budget of the film was $40,000,000.[10] The film is the lowest grossing Alien film in the domestic box office and is the second lowest grossing Alien film worldwide, next to the original Alien, excluding the effect of inflation.[11]

ReviewsEdit

As with its predecessor, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was not screened for critics, although once able to view the film, it was near universally panned by film critics and audience members. Based on 66 reviews, the film scored a 13% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes and 29 out of 100 at Metacritic, the worst for a film in the franchises.[12] Chief criticisms of the film included acting, dialogue, cardboard characters, over-the-top gore, bad lighting and "jumpy editing"; however, a few critics praised the film as "a fun B movie".[13] The film got many bad reviews from fans of the alien creatures. They believed that too many died and that the directors made alien look stupid and easy to kill.  This seems to contradict the similar feeling Predator fans had of the first film, where the same type of bias appears to have occurred for the Aliens.

The "over-the-top gore" was considered by some to be extreme even for Alien and Predator standards.  The concept of the Predalien purposely targeting pregnant women for "bellyburster" hosts was considered to be in bad taste, as the gruesome death of the unborn baby, and subsequently the mother, was not well received by audiences.  Furthermore, the off-screen implication that the Predalien slaughtered a full maternity ward's worth of babies was considered distasteful and unnecessary.

Chris Hewitt of Empire called it an "early but strong contender for worst movie of 2008", while BBC critic Mark Kermode's scathing review called the film "noisy, badly shot rubbish".[14] Stina Chyn of Film Threat felt the camerawork "is a smidge too shaky and the lighting/color design too dark for me to relish the Predator-on-Alien butt-kicking". Josh Rosenblatt of The Austin Chronicle dismissed the film stating it was "An orgy of mindless violence, a random collection of bloody bodies, alien misanthropy and slobbering carnage designed to bore straight into the pleasure centers of 13-year-old boys and leave the rest of us wondering when the movies got so damn loud."[15] The Hollywood Reporter contributor Kirk Honeycutt called it a "dull actioner that looks like a bad video game".[12]

Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly felt it was a "B movie that truly earns its B", though he gave it a grading of "B" on an A to F scale. Variety contributor Joe Leydon said it "Provides enough cheap thrills and modest suspense to shake a few shekels from genre fans before really blasting off as homevid product," and Ryan Stewart of Cinematical said he "can't recommend it as a good movie on its own merits, stocked as it is with cardboard cutout characters and a barely coherent plot, but it's miles more interesting than the last Alien vs. Predator film." Todd Gilchrist of IGN stated the film is "competently executed, occasionally scary and frequently fun to watch, no matter whether you choose to laugh at or with it".[13]

There was the occasional positive review; Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times stated "It may not be classic sci-fi like the original Alien, which it has in its DNA, but it’s a perfectly respectable next step in the series." Daily Variety called it "Slam-Bang-Horror Action!" and MovieWeb.com said "A cool new monster...over-the-top violence...AVP-R is a lot of fun!"[12]

AwardsEdit

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was nominated for two Golden Raspberry awards in the fields of Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie and Worst Prequel or Sequel. The awards however, went to I Know Who Killed Me and Daddy Day Camp.[16]

On May 8, 2008, AVP:R was nominated for an MTV film award for Best Fight Sequence.[17]

Unrated EditionEdit

See: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Unrated Edition

Home media releaseEdit

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on April 15, 2008 in North America and May 12, 2008 in the United Kingdom by Fox Home Entertainment. It was released in three versions: a single-disc R-rated release, a single-disc Unrated Edition and a two-disc Unrated Edition, including a second disc of special features. Extra features on the single-disc editions include two audio commentary tracks: one by the directors and producer John Davis and a second by creature effects designers and creators Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis.

Disc one of the two-disc unrated edition includes both commentary tracks as well as both cuts of the film seamlessly branched and an exclusive "Weyland-Yutani archives" picture-in-picture reference guide to the warring alien races;[18] five behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Prepare for War: The Making of AVP-R," "Fight to the Finish: The Making of AVP-R," "AVP-R: The Nightmare Returns - Creating the Aliens," "Crossbreed: The Predalien," and "Building the Predator Homeworld"; multiple galleries of still photos showing the creature designs and sets; and the film's theatrical trailer. The second disc includes a "digital copy" download feature.

In its week of release, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem debuted at #2 on the DVD charts, making $7.7 million and #1 on the Blu-ray charts. The film has made $28,550,434 in DVD sales in the United States, bringing its total film gross to $157,461,400.[3][19]

Video gameEdit

Main article: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (video game)

A tie-in video game for the film was released on November 13, 2007 in North America, November 30 in Europe and December 6 in Australia.[20] The game, developed by Rebellion Developments and published by Sierra Entertainment,[21] was a third-person action-adventure game, allowing players to take the role of the Predator from the film.[22] The game received generally negative reviews from the gaming press.[23]

TriviaEdit

  • The sounds from a Motion Tracker can be heard during the film's title card. However, at the time of the film's setting (2004) the M314 Motion Tracker had not been invented yet.
  • The Motion Tracker sounds can also be heard in the background of the scenes when Colonel Stevens is telling Sherif Morales about the airlift.
  • On set, an Alien dummy was stolen. The police had to get involved and caught the person selling it on eBay for a low price.
  • Instead of being named "Alien" vs. Predator: Requiem the film is named "Aliens" vs. Predator: Requiem, this is strange since this film is a sequel to "Alien" vs. Predator, although this could have been intentional because the sequel to AlienAliens also added an "s" to Alien. The additon of an "s" also could be a reference to the caste of Xenomorph seen in the film. This film and Aliens both feature the ridged skull Warrior caste, whereas Alien and Alien vs. Predator feature the domed skull Drone caste.
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is the first film in the franchise not to have a novelization.
  • Currently, the film is also the only sequel in the franchise to start immediately after the preceding film ended.
  • With a running time of 94 minutes (theatrical version), this installment is the shortest film in the franchise.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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