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Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis, Ariel Gade, Kristen Hager, Robert Joy and Tom Woodruff Jr.

Rated: R for violence, gore and language
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: December 25, 2007 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Directors Colin and Greg Strause have figured a way to make Aliens and Predators dull and boring.

As we watch the conflict with two main horror creatures, Kelly (Reiko Aylesworth) is a mom returning from active duty in the National Guard. Her gift for daughter Molly (Ariel Gade) is a pair of night vision field glasses. Does that give us a clue as to what is about to happen? Sure but it also gives the directors licence to play a considerable number of scenes in dark confusing modes rendering them without visual understanding. They use the old cheap trick for "B" movies, move the camera so fast it will appear that action is occurring but the audience can't tell what the heck is going on.

The characters are typically lame, two head to a school swimming pool after mayhem has occurred, that's right just two rather than the entire group which might have some ability to stop the slaughter of humans by the two species from space. That confrontation is engineered by sexy Jesse (Kristen Hager) who shows off her new blue underwear to Ricky (Johnny Lews) while speaking her most remembered line: "Let's go swimming."

Sheriff Morales (John Ortiz) takes the lead until Kelly challenges his direction near the end. But Col. Stevens (Robert Joy) has a simple solution to the infested Colorado town and he calls for a flight like the Enola Gay to make short work of the Predator and the flock of Aliens. Perhaps that's why the setting is a rural town rather than an exciting city like Chicago or New York where the challenge would be far more interesting.

The script fails to sustain any level of tension, as it assumes that displaying different methods of slaughter on humans is exciting and filled with tension, it actually has just the opposite effect and puts the viewer to sleep. Let's hope this is the last in the series.

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