Compiled by: Jack Foley
IT PROMISES the mother of all battles, between two of the most
terrifying monsters of recent years, but it would appear that
Alien v Predator has bored the hell out of US critics.
The film, directed by Paul WS Anderson (of Event Horizon fame),
pits human beings in the middle of a war between aliens and predators
in a pyramid beneath the Arctic, but word from America has not
Variety leads the way, stating that 'going from
the noisily routine to the ludicrous, AVP's final reel or so are
likely to produce howls'.
While the Chicago Tribune
states that 'it's a murky, empty-headed dive into the depths of
the Antarctic and the heart of monster movie cliches that leaves
you praying for most of the cast to get killed off fast, to put
them (and us) out of our misery'.
Efilmcritic.com was equally as let down, stating
that 'Alien vs. Predator is a cool-looking lunchbox that's full
While the Dallas Morning News wrote it off as
'a transparent attempt to jumpstart two run-down franchises'.
Even Horror.com felt let down, stating that
'AVP is a pretty movie to look at with its grandiose sets and
top notch creature FX, but it's a lot like Anderson's previous
works in that it's all facade and no foundation'.
While One Guy's Opinion lamented that 'in this
contest it's boredom and stupidity that are victorious... though
loud and brutally paced and edited, far more silly than scary'.
Slant Magazine rounds this overview up, however,
by concluding that 'their confrontations play out in the exaggerated
manner of professional wrestling'.