After six movies, I’m beginning to think that the aliens greatest ability is that they don’t show up in people’s peripheral vision. Look at this soldier, about to become xenomorph chow:

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This is on a street. There’s no place the alien could have hidden. The soldier must have practically stepped over it to look in the car, and it’s not like the aliens are exactly small.

AVP:R (why “Requiem” I wonder — did it sound cool?) has far too many direct rips from the previous Alien and Predator films. I understand giving fans what they want, but AVP:R takes it to far. On the other hand, the movie does have some few things to recommend it. It is notably hardcore. Not to be too spoilerish, but they kill the kid. And some other characters who would traditionally live through horror movies. There is one genuinely transgressive moment (in the hospital, you’ll know it when you see it), and I liked the U.S. government’s solution to the crisis. The one thing the movie lacked compared to the largely inferior Aliens vs. Predator (2004) is a big setpiece at the end like the alien queen. I guess the “Predalien” is supposed to suffice, but it’s just not that impressive.

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