Alien vs. Predator


Battle Royale

Cast: Sanna Lathan, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremmer, Colin Salmon

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

I had a feeling I knew what this would be like before the credits rolled. Am I too cynical? Or am I beginning to see the light with all these action/horror flicks? I’ll leave that for you to decide. Needless to say, I got exactly what I expected. Alien vs Predator vs. Human.

Some type of temple is buried under lots of snow. A satellite from a big corporation notices a heat bloom from within its depths, not seen before, and off we go. The head of the company gathers together a bunch of scientists/adventurers/guides that either really need the money or want to see what’s out there. What they find is an old whaling station and a big hole in the ground.

Interestingly enough, the CEO (Charles Wiedland) is not portrayed as evil, which is refreshing. The humans are badly outclassed anyway, with both Aliens and Predators on the scene. The former are down in the temple, while the latter show up in an invisible spaceship and start killing the humans to get them out of the way. They really want to hunt the Aliens.

So basically we have the three groups running around inside the temple. The humans drop off one by one, leaving our hero (Lathan) to mop up the mess. She does, with a little help from her new friend. Okay. So this isn’t a horrible film. Just nothing more than what it is: a bunch of non-developed characters being killed in messy ways by both alien races. Then the big battle at the end.

Not so bad, but not brilliant. I suppose Alien vs Predator fills a few hours’ time, but I’m sure you can find better movies to do that.

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