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(Film) AVP2: Requiem

Dave and myself broke our 2008 cinema cherry this afternoon.

I had the afternoon off and we thought sod it and headed over to the local multiplex to watch Alien Vs Predator: Requiem, the second in the merged franchise.

Now I actually quite liked the first one. It wasn't great by any means but it was fun and I saw it not only on the big screen but a couple of times since on DVD with various friends. From the trailers it seemed to me that AVPR was going to be better in many ways though.

I'll have to say that the jury is out in that regards. I'm really going to have to sleep on it.

Parts of the film were very good - but the majority of the acting and the script was, shall we say, lacking in areas. Big areas.

I think I probably did enjoy it more than the first team-up in regards to the film being set in an urban envioronment. I much preferred seeing the alien infestation take root amongst the houses, shops and offices than in a long forgotten alien pyramid hidden under one of the Poles. Needless to say the bodycount is possibly the highest than any Alien or Predator film to date.

I won't go too much into the plot and the outcome but, as Dave noted, there is a very big nod at the end to the whole franchise which was pretty cool.

I really don't know what I would rate this film and certainly don't know if I'd reccommend it. I know it won't be appearing in my top ten of the year but then wasn't expecting it to. I'm sure it won't be appearing in my bottom 3 either though as I'm sure I'll send up seeing films that I know I haven't enjoyed as I leave the cinema as opposed to a film I had fun with in places but has left me overly uncertain.

Anyway, Sweeny Todd comes out this weekend (I was going to miss it but might be persuaded to see it with Jasmina next week depending on if either of us have the time or money) and then it's my biggy of the next month - Cloverfield on 1st February. Depending on times I might put out an all-call for a Saturday AM viewing on Feb 2 for anyone else who fancies it (although with Inferno the night before I might be a bit bleary eyed).

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scimon
Jan. 24th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
I liked some of the genre conventions that were trampled on, it's nice when you watch a film and your 'I know what's going to happen' voice is wrong.

It so very rarely is...
sarahx
Jan. 24th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
T and I went to see Sweeney Todd on Sunday afternoon and it was great - if a bit bloodthirsty!
eryx_uk
Jan. 24th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
I'm in the minority, I think, because I throughly enjoy the first AVP. Sure, its too short and needed something more but it worked for what it was intended.

I found AVP:R to be much better, and far more what I wanted out of the AVP franchise.
w00hoo
Jan. 25th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
Interesting, I've not seen it yet, and didn't see AvP until buying the DVD to exercise to which, as an action flick, I enjoyed.

Considering all three comments here are generally postive for AvP:R, I wonder why critics seem to be universally panning it (it's possible I'm only looking at the wrong subset of critics, natch.) I guess it's possible that they'd decided what it was going to be before (or even instead of) walking through the screening door based on the first outing so it was never going to get positive words spoken about it...
kathbad
Jan. 25th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
I have seen Sweeney Todd (I did not realise that it was not already released), and it is a good romp.

It misses out the title song though, which is a shame...
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