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AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 August 2004 (USA)
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During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win.

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Paul W.S. Anderson

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Dan O'Bannon ("Alien" characters), Ronald Shusett ("Alien" characters) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Raoul Bova ... Sebastian de Rosa
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Colin Salmon ... Maxwell Stafford
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Sam Troughton ... Thomas Parks
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Pavel Bezdek Pavel Bezdek ... Bass
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Carsten Voigt Carsten Voigt ... Mikkel
Jan Filipenský Jan Filipenský ... Boris (as Jan Filipensky)
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When a private satellite encounters an unidentified source of heat in Antarctica and it is found to be a pyramid buried deep underground , a search team comprising of top-of-the-line archaeologists and engineers is sent to Antarctica to find out more . Once there , the team comes across signs which indicate that the place is inhabited by an unknown alien species . It is not long before the aliens begin to hunt the team members . At the same time , a trio of coming-of-age Predators have arrived to collect the skulls of the aliens as trophies , and the humans are caught between a deadly battle between the two warring species . Written by Soumitra

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It's our planet....It's their war. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language, horror images, slime and gore | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 August 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,291,056, 15 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,282,231

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$172,544,654
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2.35 : 1
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At one stage, both Peter Weller and Gary Busey were approached to do a cameo as John Yutani, the other founder of the infamous "Weyland-Yutani" Company from the "Alien" films, but Yutani was written out of the script. Interestingly, Busey had already played a different character in Predator 2 (1990) 14 years prior. The Yutani character was later used in the sequel, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), this time as a female. See more »

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A decent action movie marred by an overly critical fan base, an irresponsible studio and director, and a broad shadow cast by its predecesors.
27 January 2005 | by kgb383See all my reviews

Okay, so this isn't Alien or Predator. Did any of you really think it would be? Seriously, now. Let's get some perspective here. There will never be another Alien, or Aliens, or even Predator. What a lot of your die-hard fans fail to recognize is that this movie CAN'T be those films.

If they made it like Alien, namely much suspense and very little alien, we would have people balking at how it copies Alien or how you never see the aliens. If they made it like Predator or Aliens, namely with a lot of heavily armed guys blasting creatures down right and left, we would get people complaining and comparing it to those movies.

AvP is a movie that can never be as good as the films that came before it, for many reasons. First, and most obviously, it has some mighty big shoes to fill. It would be quite difficult to make a new Alien/Predator movie that could hold its own against the films that have come before, let alone one-up them in any meaningful way.

It also has an overbearing fan base that was way, WAAAAAY too demanding, a studio that is more concerned with raking in dollars than making sure they have a good and faithful movie, and a director that prefers to blame everyone but himself for his own mistakes.

Beyond all that, however, one must recognize the general malaise that weighs heavily on the Alien franchise. The bitter truth is that with each new Alien sequel that comes out, it becomes increasingly difficult for writers and directors to make new and exciting Alien movies. I mean, how many times can you see a face hugger scurry across the floor after a guy, or an Alien drone creep out of the darkness, or a queen rise 20 feet over some hapless victim? After 5 films, this is all old hat.

I give credit to AvP for at least maintaining the entertainment value of these Alien standards with some very well done special effects. Who cares if it's CGI? For all those who were so angry at AvP's CGI, you need a dose of reality. There is never going to be a non-CGI Alien or Predator movie again. Period. CGI is here to stay. Deal with it. At least they took the time to make AvP's CGI as authentic as they could.

Truth be told, AvP is a decent movie. It isn't the best Alien or Predator movie, and it isn't the worst. Beyond all the fake history and the screaming human victims, there were enough entertaining moments between the Preds and Aliens to prove that there is potential here for a great movie franchise.

All they need is for Fox to leave the film-making to the filmmakers, an extra 30 minutes, and an R rating........

.......and Bill Paxton.

;-)


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