15 years ago
Plot-wise, the film had potential, even though Colorado isn't the best location for an Alien movie. The characters themselves were decent, although the problem was that they really weren't fleshed out enough. We knew that Kelly came home from Iraq, Ricky was a pizza boy, & Dallas was in jail for some obscure & unknown reason. That's it. The high-school crush sub-plot should have been ditched altogether, as the last thing we needed in an Alien/Predator film was a pair of goofy teenagers fooling around. Some of the "joke" moments should have been spared too, being that most of them were completely unfunny, & really only served to kill the dark & serious tone of the movie.
On the creature side of things, The Wolf was great, the best predator on film since the original in my opinion. His look, movements, & even the sound effects were very reminiscent of the classics, which put a massive smile across my face. Ian Whyte had clearly evolved as a performer since the last film, as his actions in the suit were much more convincing, & in many ways a real homage to Kevin's performance in the original films.
The aliens on the other hand, were not quite as good. Visually they looked menacing, & in certain scenes they were fantastic, such as when they attacked the National Guard, but as soon as Wolf showed up, they all seemed to just flail around & get beaten to a humiliating level. I'm all for seeing some predator domination, but the aliens weren't even given a fair go. At times Wolf was literally throwing them around like small children, even when being attacked by several at once.
The movie was clearly bias, & in my opinion that was one of its main faults. There's a substantial line between plausible, & bullshit, & somehow that was crossed. At one point, Wolf overpowered two aliens at once, with his bare hands, & lifted them both off the ground by their throats, while they just flailed around & did absolutely nothing, despite the fact they could have easily speared him with their tails or clawed his exposed flesh. He also seemed to be completely resistant to acid, as throughout most of the movie, he was shooting aliens at point-blank range & never got burned at all.
Now, onto the predalien. It was what we'd all been waiting to see, ever since the comics & AVP games, we wanted to finally see the "hybrid" in all its glory. The final result, while not breathtaking, was still a solid creature design in its own right. Oddly enough, the Strauses decided to throw known canon out the window & make it a "predalien Queen" for some unknown & reason, which I think was a stupid idea. Nonetheless, it was a menacing & good-looking creature, with the exception of the horrendous dreadlocks, which seemed to take up more space than the head itself. Aside from that, some of the large fleshy parts could have been toned down as well, but overall, the predalien was quite good.
In the end, AVP: Requiem was a decent action/popcorn movie, which was far more entertaining than the last. It could certainly have used more character depth, & less creature bias, but it was still a damn sight better than Paul Anderson's take on the franchises.