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Alien vs. Predator
Film information
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Produced by Gordon Carroll
John Davis
David Giler
Walter Hill
Written by Story:
Paul W. S. Anderson
Dan O'Bannon
Ronald Shusett
Screenplay:
Paul W.S. Anderson
Shane Salerno (uncredited)
Starring Sanaa Lathan
Raoul Bova
Lance Henriksen
Ewen Bremner
Colin Salmon
Tommy Flanagan
Joseph Rye
Agathe de La Boulaye
Carsten Norgaard
Music Harald Kloser
Cinematography
Editing Alex Berner
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Release information
Release date(s) August 13, 2004
Running time 101 minutes
Budget $60 million (Production)[1]
Worldwide Gross $172,543,519
MPAA Rating
Chronology
Preceded by Predator 2
Followed by Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem   

Alien vs. Predator, often shortened to AVP, is a 2004 science fiction film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen, Ewen Bremner, Colin Salmon and Tommy Flanagan. It is based on the crossover Alien vs. Predator franchise, a concept which originated in a 1989 comic book, although the film features an original story written by Anderson, Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett. The screenplay, by Anderson and Shane Salerno, was influenced by Aztec mythology, the comic book series, and the writings of Erich von Däniken.

Set in 2004, Alien vs. Predator follows a group of paleontologists, archaeologists and others assembled by billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland for an expedition to a remote island off Antarctica, after a mysterious heat signal is discovered under the ice. Weyland and the group discover a pyramid buried beneath the ice cap and hope to claim the important find for themselves. However, the structure is revealed to be an ancient hunting ground where Predators stalk and kill Aliens as a rite of passage, and the humans become caught in the middle of a battle between the two species.

Released on August 13, 2004 in North America, Alien vs. Predator received mixed to negative reviews from film critics, scoring a 22% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and 29 on Metacritic. Some critics praised the special effects and set designs, while others dismissed the film for its "wooden dialogue", and "cardboard characters". Despite its poor reviews, Alien vs. Predator was more commercially successful than any of the preceding films in the Alien and Predator franchises, grossing a total of $171 million. The film's financial success led to a sequel in 2007, titled Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. The film, along with it's sequel, has been widely condemned by many fans of the franchise.

PlotEdit

In 2004, a satellite detects a mysterious heat bloom beneath Bouvetøya, an island about one thousand miles north of Antarctica. Billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland assembles a team of scientists to investigate the heat source and claim it for his multinational communications company Weyland Industries. The team includes paleontologists, archaeologists, linguistic experts, drillers, mercenaries, and a female guide named Alexa Woods.

As a Predator ship reaches Earth's orbit, it blasts a hole through the ice towards the source of the heat bloom. When the humans arrive at the site above the heat source, an abandoned whaling station, they find a hole and descend beneath the ice. They discover a mysterious Pyramid and begin to explore it, finding evidence of a civilization predating written history and what appears to be a sacrificial chamber filled with human skeletons with ruptured rib cages.

Meanwhile, three Young Blood Predators land and kill the humans on the surface, making their way down to the Pyramid and arrive just as the team unwittingly powers up the structure. An Alien Queen awakens from cryogenic stasis and begins to produce Eggs, from which Facehuggers hatch and attach to several humans trapped in the sacrificial chamber. Chestbursters emerge from the humans and quickly grow into adult Aliens. The lead Alien, known as Grid, ambushes and kills the first Predator, Chopper, easily. The second Predator, Celtic, engages Grid in a fight. At first, Celtic appears to have the upper hand, but he grows over-confident and is eventually killed as well by Grid. Scar, now the last remaining Predator, kills one Alien and a Facehugger. After this and unbeknownst to the others, Scar is ambushed by another facehugger and implanted with an Alien embryo.

Through translation of the Pyramid's hieroglyphs the explorers learn, that the Predators have been visiting Earth for thousands of years. It was they who taught early human civilizations how to build pyramids, and were worshipped as gods. Every 100 years they would visit Earth to take part in a right of passage in which several humans would sacrifice themselves as hosts for the Aliens, creating the "ultimate prey" for the Predators to hunt. If overwhelmed, the Predators would activate their Self-Destruct Device to eliminate the Aliens and themselves. The explorers deduce that this is why the current Predators are at the Pyramid, and that the heat bloom was to attract humans for the purpose of making new Aliens to hunt.

The remaining humans, decide that the Predators must be allowed to succeed in their Hunt so the Aliens don't reach the surface. As the battle continues most of the characters are killed, leaving only Alexa and Scar to fight against the Aliens. The two form an alliance and use Scar’s Self-Destruct Device to destroy the Pyramid and the remaining Aliens. Alexa and Scar escape the Pyramid and reach the surface just in time. However, the escaped Alien Queen survives the explosion and attacks them. After a fierce battle, Alexa and Scar defeat the Queen by attaching its chain to a water tower and pushing it over a cliff into the water, dragging the Queen to the ocean floor. However, Scar dies from his wounds.

A Predator ship uncloaks and several Predators appear. They collect their fallen comrade and the Clan Leader presents Alexa with a Combi-Stick in recognition of her skill as a warrior. As they retreat into space, a Predalien Chestburster erupts from Scar's dead body.

CastEdit


ProductionEdit

OriginsEdit

See also: Aliens vs. Predator (Peter Briggs)

The concept of Alien vs. Predator originated with the first Aliens vs. Predator comic book, published in 1989 by Dark Horse Comics. The following year, the idea of Aliens and Predators fighting each other was first hinted at on-screen in Predator 2, when a Xenomorph skull appeared in a trophy case aboard a Predator ship.[2] Based on the success of the comics book series, in 1991 20th Century Fox commissioned Peter Briggs to write a screenplay for a movie adaptation.[2] While Briggs' script was ultimately not produced, the studio returned to the concept of an Alien vs. Predator film in 2002. A new script draft was penned by James DeMonaco and Kevin Fox, who hoped to give the film an original approach by setting it on Earth.[3] However, their script was rejected by producer John Davis.

As there were six producers between the two film franchises, Davis had difficulty securing the necessary rights, as the respective producers were concerned about a film featuring the two creatures. Paul W.S. Anderson pitched Davis a story he had been working on for eight years, and showed him related concept art created by Randy Bowen.[4] Impressed with Anderson's idea, Davis thought the story was like Jaws in that it "just drew you in, it drew you in".[5] Anderson started to work on the film after completing the script for Resident Evil: Apocalypse, with Shane Salerno co-writing. Salerno spent six months writing the shooting script, finished its development, and stayed on for revisions throughout the film's production.[6]

Story and settingEdit

The early draft for the film by James DeMonaco and Kevin Fox involved humans discovering a crashed Predator ship. Using the Eggs found on board, a team of researchers breed Xenomorphs, hoping that the creatures' presence will lure more Predators to Earth and enable them to capture the hunters' technology.[7] However, the idea was ultimately scrapped. Influenced by the work of Erich von Däniken, Anderson researched Däniken's theories on how he believed early civilizations were able to construct massive pyramids with the help of aliens, an idea drawn from Aztec mythology.[8] Anderson wove these ideas into Alien vs. Predator, describing a scenario in which Predators taught ancient humans to build pyramids, in turn using Earth for rite of passage rituals every 100 years in which adolescent Predators would hunt Xenomorphs, bred from sacrificial members of those ancient civilizations. To explain how these ancient peoples "disappeared without a trace", Anderson came up with the idea that the Predators, if overwhelmed by the Xenomorphs, would use their Self-Destruct Devices to contain the situation, wiping out the Xenomorphs at the expense of the civilization that surrounded them.[8] H. P. Lovecraft's 1931 novella At the Mountains of Madness also served as an inspiration for the film, and several elements of the Alien vs. Predator comic series were included as well.[9][4] Anderson's initial script called for five Predators to appear in the film, although the number was later reduced to three.[8]

As Alien vs. Predator is a sequel to the Predator films and prequel to the Alien series, Anderson was cautious of contradicting continuity in the franchises. He chose to set the film on the remote Norwegian Antarctic island of Bouvet, commenting, "It's definitely the most hostile environment on Earth and probably the closest to an Alien surface you can get."[10] Anderson thought that setting the film in an urban environment like New York City would break continuity with the Alien series as the protagonist, Ellen Ripley, had no knowledge the creatures existed. "You can't have an Alien running around the city now, because it would've been written up and everyone will know about it. So there's nothing in this movie that contradicts anything that already exists."[10]

CastingEdit

Lance Henriksen

Lance Henriksen was the first to be cast in Alien vs. Predator as Anderson wanted to keep continuity with the Alien series.

The first actor to be cast for Alien vs. Predator was Lance Henriksen, who played the characters Bishop in Aliens and Michael Weyland in Alien3. Although the Alien movies are set 150 years in the future, Anderson wanted to keep continuity with the series by including a familiar actor. Henriksen plays billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland, a character that ties in with the Weyland-Yutani Corporation of the Alien films. According to Anderson, Weyland becomes known for the discovery of the pyramid, and as a result the Weyland-Yutani Corporation models the Bishop android in the Alien films after him; "when the Bishop android is created in 150 years time, it's created with the face of the creator. It's kind of like Microsoft building an android in 100 years time that has the face of Bill Gates."[11]

Anderson opted for a European cast including Italian actor Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner from Scotland, and English actor Colin Salmon. Producer Davis said, "There's a truly international flavor to the cast, and gives the film a lot of character."[12] Several hundred actresses attended the auditions to be cast as the film's heroine Alexa Woods. Sanaa Lathan was selected, and one week later she flew to Prague to begin filming. The filmmakers knew there would be comparisons to Alien heroine Ellen Ripley and did not want a clone of the character, but wanted to make her similar while adding something different.[12]

Anderson reported in an interview that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was willing to reprise his role as Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer from Predator in a short cameo appearance, on the conditions that he lose the recall election and that the filming take place at his residence.[13] Schwarzenegger, however, won the election with 48.58% of the votes and was unavailable to participate in filming. Actress Sigourney Weaver, who starred as Ripley in the Alien series, said she was happy not to be in the film, as a possible crossover was "the reason I wanted my character to die in the first place", and thought the concept "sounded awful".[14][15]

Filming and set designsEdit

Production began in late 2003 at Barrandov Studios in Prague, Czech Republic, where most of the filming took place. Production designer Richard Bridgland was in charge of sets, props and vehicles, based on early concept art Anderson had created to give a broad direction of how things would look. 25 to 30 life-sized sets were constructed at Barrandov Studios, many of which were interiors of the pyramid. The pyramid's carvings, sculptures, and hieroglyphs were influenced by Egyptian, Cambodian, and Aztec civilizations, while the regular shifting of the pyramid's rooms was meant to evoke a sense of claustrophobia similar to the original Alien film.[16] According to Anderson, if he was to build the sets in Los Angeles they would have cost $20 million. However, in Prague they cost $2 million, an important factor when the film's budget was less than $50 million.[4]

Third scale miniatures several meters in height were created to give the film the effect of realism, rather than relying on computer generated imagery (CGI). For the whaling station miniatures and life-sized sets, over 700 bags of artificial snow was used (roughly 15–20 tons).[5] A 4.5-meter miniature of an icebreaker with working lights and a mechanical moving radar was created, costing almost $37,000 and taking 10 weeks to create. Visual effects producer Arthur Windus, claimed miniatures were beneficial in the filming process: "With computer graphics, you need to spend a lot of time making it real. With a miniature, you shoot it and its there."[17] A 25-meter miniature of the whaling station was created in several months. It was designed so the model could be collapsed and then reconstructed, which proved beneficial for a six-second shot which required a re-shoot.[17]

Effects and creaturesEdit

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A hydraulic Alien was used to film six scenes as it was faster than a man in a suit. The puppet required six people to operate it.

Special effects company Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI) was hired for the movie, having previously worked on Alien3 and Alien Resurrection. Visual special effects producers Arthur Windus and John Bruno were in charge of the project, which contained 400 effects shots.[17] ADI founders Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., and members of their company, began designing costumes, miniatures and effects in June 2003. For five months the creatures were redesigned, the Predators wrist blades being extended roughly four times longer than those in the Predator films, and a larger mechanical plasma caster was created for the Scar Predator.[5]

The basic shape of the Predator mask was kept, although technical details were added and each Predator was given a unique mask to distinguish them from each other. These masks were created using clay, which was used to form moulds to create fiberglass copies. These copies were painted to give a weathered look, which Woodruff claims "is what the Predator is all about".[5] A hydraulic Alien puppet was created so ADI would be able to make movements faster and give the Alien a "slimline and skeletal" appearance, rather than using an actor in a suit. The puppet required six people to run it; three for the head and body, two for the arms, and a sixth to make sure the signals were reaching the computer. Movements were recorded in the computer so that puppeteers would be able to repeat moves that Anderson liked. The puppet was used in six shots, including the fight scene with the Predator which took one month to film.[5]

The crew tried to keep CGI use to a minimum, as Anderson said people in suits and puppets are scarier than CGI monsters as they are "there in the frame".[5] Roughly 70% of scenes were created using suits, puppets, and miniatures. The Alien queen was filmed using three variations: a 4.8-meter practical version, a 1.2-meter puppet, and a computer-generated version. The practical version required 12 puppeteers to operate,[4] and CGI tails were added to the Aliens and the queen as they were difficult to animate using puppetry.[12][18] Anderson praised Alien director Ridley Scott's and Predator director John McTiernan's abilities at building suspense by not showing the creatures until late in the film, something Anderson wanted to accomplish with Alien vs. Predator. "Yes, we make you wait 45 minutes, but once it goes off, from there until the end of the movie, it's fucking relentless".[19]

MusicEdit

See: Alien vs. Predator (soundtrack)

Deleted ScenesEdit

See: Alien vs. Predator deleted scenes

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

Alien vs. Predator was released in North America on August 13, 2004 in 3,395 theaters. The film grossed $38.2 million over its opening weekend for an average of $11,278 per theater, and was number one at the box office. The film spent 16 weeks in cinemas and made $80 million in North America.[20] It grossed $9 million in the United Kingdom, $16 million in Japan, and $8 million in Germany, for an international total of $90.9 million. This brought the film's total gross to $171 million, making it the highest grossing film in the Predator and Alien franchises (excluding the effect of inflation), although Aliens earned more in the domestic box office. Alien vs. Predator was the 33rd highest grossing film of 2004.[21]

ReviewsEdit

Critics were not allowed to view the film in advance, and once they did the response was generally negative.[22] Based on 132 reviews, the film scored a 21% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and 29 out of 100 based on 21 reviews on Metacritic.[23][24] Chief criticisms of the film included its dialogue, "cardboard characters", PG-13 rating, the "fast-paced editing" during fight sequences, and lighting. However, special effects and set designs received praise.[23][24]

Rick Kisonak of Film Threat praised the film stating, "For a big dumb production about a movie monster smackdown, Alien vs. Predator is a surprisingly good time".[25] Ian Grey of the Orlando Weekly felt, "Anderson clearly relished making this wonderful, utterly silly film; his heart shows in every drip of slime."[25] Staci Layne Wilson of Horror.com called it "a pretty movie to look at with its grandiose sets and top notch creature FX, but it's a lot like Anderson's previous works in that it's all facade and no foundation."[24]

However, with the majority of critics awarding the film a negative review, Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune commented it was full of "monster movie clichés that leave you praying for most of the cast to get killed off fast, to put them (and us) out of our misery."[23] Jack Mathews of New York Daily News panned the movie, stating that "Writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson has created the darkest, if not worst, sci-fi movie since Battlefield Earth."[24] Gary Dowell of Dallas Morning News called the film, "a transparent attempt to jumpstart two run-down franchises".[25] Ed Halter of The Village Voice described the film's lighting for fight sequences as, "black-on-black-in-blackness",[26] while Ty Burr of The Boston Globe felt the lighting "left the audience in the dark".[27] The film received a Golden Raspberry (Razzie) nomination 2005 in the category of "Worst Remake or Sequel".[28]

Fan receptionEdit

The film was poorly received by fans of the Predator, who felt the film did a disservice to the race of creatures as they had been portrayed in previous movies and, more specifically, the comic books. Two of the three Predators in the film were immediately killed off by the same Alien, which appears to make them look weak and helpless without their Plasma Casters. The third Predator getting face-hugged shortly after the death of the other two was not well-received. Fans believed that having three Predators and a dozen Aliens had the makings of an action packed war zone, but ultimately this never occurred due to Paul W.S. Anderson's blatant favoritism of the Alien (in the making-of documentary, he referred to AVP as "finally getting a chance to make an Alien movie").

Further criticisms from Predator fans included the design of the Predators themselves.  Whereas the Jungle Hunter and City Hunter Predators were both lean, lithe and athletic, these predators appeared to be clumsy, bulky and top-heavy with limited mobility.  They displayed a lack of intelligence and cunning, and regardless of the fact that these were supposed to be "young Predators" (referred to by Paul W. S. Anderson as "teenage Predators"), they demonstrated idiotic behavior that is unusual for Predators.  Some fans even cited it as "movie monster" behavior, in that the Predators would simply tilt their heads and growl in confusion rather than react to a situation.  This is evident when Celtic is killed by Grid; Celtic had decisively won the battle, but instead of making the kill, Celtic drew a small dagger from his belt, spent several seconds studying the dagger, then spent another few seconds looking back and forth between the Alien and the dagger.  While Celtic was doing this, the Alien's blood melted the net that he used to capture it, and the Alien then killed Celtic while he was too busy admiring his weapon.

Alien fans were similarly baffled by the complete lack of attention paid to other films in the franchise.  Namely, the Alien lifecycle was completely incorrect.  The time between a victim being facehugged, the chestburster emerging, and the burster growing to a full size adult, occurs in what appears to be less than 20 minutes.  The original Alien films have shown that the facehugger embryo implantation alone takes at leat 24 - 36 hours.  Although it is speculated that the Predators induced growth by injecting hormones into the Alien Queen, this is not ever mentioned in the film itself, and is therefore not applicable and merely rumor or cut content.

Fans of either / both franchises were not very pleased with the film being set on Earth, in Antarctica, and in the "present" timeline. The cold Antarctica setting was contradicting to The Predator's preference to hunt during extremely humid heat waves, as was the not so welcomed Predator / Human history and "desperate" alliance. Alien fans didn't like the idea of the Xenomorphs being present on Earth and during a current timeline, which contradicted the future events of Ellen Ripley's (no longer) first encounter with a Xenomorph, destroying the significance of her survival and story arch in the other Alien movies (prior to the release of "Prometheus", in which some people consider the film to discredit both AVP movies from being canon storylines with either franchise).   "Grid", the lone Alien that killed 2 of the Predators, had a lot of exaggerated abilities such as its inconsistently 7-50 foot long damaged / undamaged tail and its bizarrely mainstream monster behavior. Grid also made other Xenomorphs in the movie almost completely obsolete.

Alien 5 and sequelEdit

Before 20th Century Fox greenlit Alien vs. Predator, Aliens writer/director James Cameron had been working on a story for a fifth Alien film. Alien director Ridley Scott had talked with Cameron, stating "I think it would be a lot of fun, but the most important thing is to get the story right."[29] In a 2002 interview, Scott's concept for a story was "to go back to where the alien creatures were first found and explain how they were created".[29] This idea eventually evolved into the movie Prometheus. On learning that Fox intended to pursue Alien vs. Predator, Cameron believed the film would "kill the validity of the franchise" and ceased work on his story for Alien 5, saying, "To me, that was Frankenstein Meets Werewolf. It was Universal just taking their assets and starting to play them off against each other... Milking it."[30] Ellen Ripley actress Sigourney Weaver was also against the idea of making the film.[31] However, after viewing Alien vs. Predator, Cameron later remarked, "It was actually pretty good. I think of the five Alien films, I'd rate it third. I actually liked it. I actually liked it a lot."[30]

A sequel, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, was released on December 25, 2007.[32] Directed by brothers Greg and Colin Strause, the story continues from the conclusion of Alien vs. Predator.[33]

Unrated EditionEdit

See: Alien vs. Predator Unrated Edition

DVD releasesEdit

Alien vs. Predator was released on DVD in North America on January 25, 2005.[34] The DVD contained two audio commentaries. The first featured Paul W.S. Anderson, Lance Henriksen, and Sanaa Lathan, while the second included ADI founders Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff, and special effects supervisor John Bruno. A 25-minute Making of Featurette and Darkhorse AVP comic covers galley were featured in the special features with three deleted scenes. On release, Alien vs. Predator debuted at number 1 on the Top DVD Sales and Top Video Rental charts in North America.[35][36]

A two-disc Extreme Edition was released on March 7, 2005, which featured behind the scenes footage of conception, pre-production, production, post-production, and licensing the franchise. The Unrated Edition was released on November 22, 2005, and contained the special features in the Extreme Edition. The film was released on Blu-ray Disc in North America on January 23, 2007.

TriviaEdit

GoofsEdit

See: Alien vs. Predator goofs

See AlsoEdit

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