Everybody's a critic - 'Alien vs. Predator'

Friday, August 20, 2004

Three stars (out of four)

For those fans of both the "Alien" and "Predator" movies, this particular movie is long overdue. The movie combines the great special effects that have become a trademark of both series with a fairly decent plot and some good acting.

The movie begins with a satellite detecting a heat surge in the middle of the Antarctic, coming from a pyramid buried 2,000 feet below the surface. A team of experts is sent to explore and find out just how it came to rest where it did. That is where the group meets up with the two alien groups.

The action in this movie, once it begins, is as fast moving as you would expect from either series. There is some blood in the movie, but it is not quite as prominent as in earlier ones. It is definitely not for the squeamish.

- Hank Sessoms, student/factory worker


Two stars (out of four)

This movie is about one man's quest to find a lost pyramid some 2,000 feet under Antarctica. It is billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland's dream to lead a group of hand-picked scientists and archaeologists to find this pyramid.

During the course of this movie we are made to feel like we are truly part of the expedition. The graphic and gory effects make you feel like you are one of the group.

At first the movie seems to be about an archaeological find, however, in a very short time it becomes something really weird.

The group finds itself in the middle of a war between the aliens and the predator.

The storyline falls short in many ways. Even the ending leaves you with many questions. I would not suggest this to young people or anyone who is bothered by gory scenes.

- Lin Bergfeld, sales


Two stars (out of four)

When I go to see an action flick such as "Alien vs. Predator," I expect an R rating and killer action. What I got was a choppy PG-13 film with character development. For a full hour, the audience sees a whole lot of humans and a couple glimpses of aliens and predators.

Although I was pleased with the lack of computer animation, I was disheartened by the first fatality. The audience misses the death because the camera pans away. My hopes were high for director Paul W.S. Anderson, who also directed "Resident Evil."

Nothing was suspenseful or scary in the whole film. With the focus on one particular lady, a moviegoer can guess the ending within 10 minutes. However, she lacks the charm and strength required of the role. I would have been happier with a return of Sigourney Weaver.

I lost respect for Anderson and others lost their money.

- Emma Evans, student

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