Alien vs. Predator (7/10)
2004 by Tony Medley
I do not like movies
that rely solely on Special Effects, like Spiderman 2, for
example. So I went into this with extremely low expectations. For some
unknown reason, Fox didnít have a media screening for this until the
morning it opened. And there werenít many of us in attendance, at the
Little Theater on the Fox lot.
A bunch of
scientists, led by Alexa Woods (Sanaa Lathan), a mountain climber among
other things, are retained by billionaire industrialist Charles Bishop
Weyland (Lance Henrikson) to go to some farflung icy portion of the
world to investigate a strange apparition of a pyramid thatís shown up
on one of their computers. They get enveloped in the pyramid and smack
dab in the middle of a fight between Alien and Predator. Alien is one
ugly monster. Itís after Predator and Predator is after it, and it
seems as if theyíre both after all our heroes, as is the Pyramid, a
huge labyrinth that reconfigures itself every ten minutes, has heavy
stone doors that slam shut, entrapping whomever is unlucky enough to be
in the room or tunnel.
This is rollicking
good entertainment, despite my antipathy to monsters and/or special
effects (these created by artists Alec Gilles and Tom Woodruff, Jr.),
which is about all this movie is. Written and directed by Paul W.S.
Anderson, I was transfixed by masterful moviemaking magic throughout.
Thereís not a slow spot in the film, although I never really knew what
was going on, even though all our heroes were in a terrible spot with
horrible things constantly happening to them. And despite their terrible
predicament, none ever seem very fearful. Maybe thatís why the movie
isnít very scary.
the cast and story are pretty much irrelevant, I
just sat back and enjoyed a very good horror film.
August 13, 2004