So far with these two franchises I’ve liked the second movie more than the first. This movie however breaks that cycle. But is it as bad as people suggested it was? Not really.
The film opens up promisingly with the Predalien from the end of the last film sneaking around a Predator ship, freeing some captive face huggers and killing Predators. I start to wonder if this might be like an Alien film with Predators instead of humans, then the ship crashes into Earth and everything just goes downhill from there.
See the biggest problem with this movie is the human characters. They’re so generic, bland and seem like they belong in a completely different movie. I don’t care about the love triangle between pizza rebound guy, the bully who looks a bit like Quicksilver and the blonde girl. I also have no idea who the main human character was supposed to be. Was it the military mother, pizza rebound guy or pizza rebound guy’s brother? And when these characters unrelated subplots finally do bring them into the main story it feels more like a zombie film than an Alien or Predator film.
When we actually get some Alien vs Predator fights they are fun to watch but then it cuts back to the boring humans. When it’s not fighting aliens however this Predator is probably the dumbest Predator in the entire series. First it lands its ship in a river ruining its cloaking device the moment it arrives, then it spends the first half of the movie cleaning up evidence of the aliens but doing a terrible job at it because there’s still blood everywhere and at one point it decides to hang up one of its own victims, who was UNARMED I might add, just because he was a witness to the clean up.
The Predalien is pretty cool but outside of its design it doesn’t really inherit any traits from being part Predator. It has a weird chest burster laying kiss thing but that’s not really a Predator thing. It would have been better if it inherited the Predator’s methods of killing and hanging skinned victims upside down. Instead it most just looks cool and has some decent fights with the Predator. It’s cool but it could have been so much better.
So with the marathon over it only makes sense to end with a more complete ranking chart of the series (until I see Prometheus and Predators at a later date anyway).
Aliens > Alien vs Predator > Alien > Predator 2 > Predator > Alien: Resurrection > Aliens vs Predator: Requiem > Alien 3