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Friday, August 6 12:00 AM ET

Trailer Review: Alien Vs. Predator

By Brian Briggs


Trailer Quicktime


Director Paul W.S. Anderson
Official Site Link
US Opening

August 13, 2004

Rated PG-13
Genre Horror, Action
Trailer Clichés Choral music, quick-cut title splash, "This summer"
Explosions 5
Weapons Assault rifle, net spear, handgun, Alien, Predator,
Voiceover No
"In a world where..."

"We're in the middle of a war..."

Déjà Vu
Spoilage Factor 50%
Geek Factor 40% (Sci-fi, monsters)
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? Maybe
Long ago there was Godzilla vs. Mothra. Last year there was Freddy vs. Jason. Next year will be Trogdor vs. Weebl. But now there is Alien vs. Predator.

A gravelly voice scientist tells us his satellites have discovered a pyramid 2000 feet below the ice. You definitely want to arm your science team with automatic weapons, especially if the plot requires it.

The team enters the pyramid, which is one of those places that looks a lot bigger on the inside than it does in the matte painting. Quickly, we learn the pyramid is just a trap. The pyramid is infested with predators and aliens. Good thing they brought those weapons!

Next we get a bunch of darkly lit fight sequences between every combination of human, alien and predator. Remember future directors, not only are darkly lit corridors spooky, but they mask a low special effects budget rather well.

Alien vs. Geek
One of these kids is enjoying the ritual sacrifice much more than the other.

Speaking of bad special effects, one scene depicts a character making a leap across a broken bridge. It is obvious from his trajectory that he is in a harness and being helped by a wire. Reminded me of the horses leap in the Van Helsing trailer. Why do directors insist on including leaps that are so obviously fake?

It is hard to imagine how humans would survive for more than a few seconds in an environment with two dynamic killing machines, and unfortunately they probably will. Why not just give us some subtitles for the monsters and let them war it out on some alien terrain?

Darkness falls
Could someone turn on
the lights please?

Near the end of the trailer, there is a massive explosion, which appears to wipe out everything in its path. I hope the trailer producers did not just give away the ending to this film. I know the humans will triumph in the end, but let us try to pretend we don't already know that.

Conclusion on Trailer: The trailer introduces the plot. Aliens and predators look cool as usual. I could have done without the cliché choral music, and ultradark lighting. Despite my complaints, it is still worth a download.

Conclusion on Movie: I am a bit concerned about this one. The human characters don't seem compelling. No major stars like the original movies this was based on. In addition, I am wondering how long a battle between predator and alien can be drawn out before it becomes boring. Might be good for some brainless fun though.

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