Watching The Aliens (and the Predators)
Decided to watch a series of movies in what I think in chronological order (though I don’t think the AvP series maybe an “alternate universe” kind of thing. But, this is what I think how the movies fall into place:
Predator, Predator 2, AvP, AvP: Requiem, Predators, Prometheus, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection.
I think AvP movies is where the Fonz jumped the shark (or Nuked the Fridge as the kids say these days). Though, the movie brought the two franchise together but I wonder why they didn’t go with an established story from Dark Horse comic series and went off on a different tangent. I like the character of Alexa Woods (portrayed by Sanaa Lathan) and figured that she would carry the mantle of Ripley in the sequels.
The whole thing was sketchy as well since the alien incubation seemed to short and to quick. I guess the producers wanted things to movie at a rapid fire pace. Alexa was a strong female lead and I figured she’s get more kick ass in the sequels just like Ripley.
Boy, was I wrong. I presumed Alexa Woods froze to death after AvP because AvP: Requiem went a total direction with it’s Dawson Creek type cast. There was a few things in this movie that I didn’t like. Especially, the hospital scene in the maternity ward. I just felt it went too far; the one lone predator that arrive to clean up the mess didn’t do a very good job as well. I figured he’d be a kick ass like the first and second predator movies; but I guess he was the “derp” one. The movie ended with a hint of what was to come in the next AVP movie but that hasn’t happened.
Instead we get Robert Rodriguez beautiful take of the Predator series with a sort of reboot. I presume ignoring the AvP movies altogether and picking up after the Predator 2 movie. The movie had heart, but it wasn’t in the right place. It was a helluva lot better than the AVP and sort of had the feel of the first Predator movie. A group of warriors up against a greater foe(s) on a game reserve world. It was enjoyable romp.