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.

Director:

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:
Sanaa Lathan ... Alexa Woods
Raoul Bova ... Sebastian de Rosa
Lance Henriksen ... Charles Bishop Weyland
Ewen Bremner ... Graeme Miller
Colin Salmon ... Maxwell Stafford
Tommy Flanagan ... Mark Verheiden
Joseph Rye ... Joe Connors
Agathe de La Boulaye ... Adele Rousseau
Carsten Norgaard ... Rusten Quinn
Sam Troughton ... Thomas Parks
Petr Jákl ... Stone
Pavel Bezdek Pavel Bezdek ... Bass
Kieran Bew ... Klaus
Carsten Voigt Carsten Voigt ... Mikkel
Jan Filipenský Jan Filipenský ... Boris (as Jan Filipensky)
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Storyline

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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Whoever wins... We lose. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Director Paul W.S. Anderson developed the Shuriken as a replacement for the Smart Disc; while he liked the concept of a thrown Predator cutting weapon, he thought the Smart Disc in Predator 2 (1990) "looked too much like a Frisbee." The Shuriken was based on the traditional Japanese weapons of the same name (colloquially known as "throwing stars"), although with greatly increased size, and the additional ability to be folded away for storage. He also redesigned the shoulder-mounted cannons to appear more bulky and powerful, since he thought that the versions seen in the previous movies looked like a hairdryer. See more »

Goofs

The satellite images show a large island west of the Antarctic Peninsula, no such island exists. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Technician: Hey. Hey, hey, come here, take a look at this.
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Crazy Credits

If you listen very carefully during the end-credits, you can hear the signature clicking-rasps of the Predators, and the iconic hiss of the Alien Warrior subltly interjected into the musical score. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original DVD had an additional deleted sequence: It shows a whaling station in 1904, and a whaler is being chased. He enters a building and tries to hide. As the camera cuts to the "Predator vision" though, it is clear that the hunter is chasing an Alien in the same room, which lunges at the camera. This sequence is approx. 1 min. 30 sec. in duration and now included in the 'Unrated Edition'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Our World (2007) See more »

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La Bamba
Traditional
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music USA
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Great set-design and action - terrible dialogue
24 October 2013 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

Just watched it again yesterday - it's striking how good the action is compared to the ridiculous dialogue. I completely understand why this movie got such terrible reviews; after all, it marked the first "let's make a quick buck" entry in the two beloved Alien and Predator franchises and was done by a director who many felt didn't treat the material with the respect it deserved. When I watched it yesterday I got angry at times because some of the dialogue - well, most of it, actually - is truly awful. It's hard to take characters or a story seriously when nearly every sentence spoken resembles lines from a parody of cheap science-fiction and horror movies from the fifties and sixties. But despite all those flaws I have to admit I enjoyed the movie from start to finish - because of the amazing set- and creature-design and the more than decent action sequences and special effects. Whoever designed those really scored and seems to have a great love for the art of Giger and the previous films. So if you can get past the silly characters and you're able to ignore the more obvious shortcomings (like the idiotic decision to make the film PG-13) you're in for a fun ride. My vote: 6.5 out of 10.

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,291,056, 15 August 2004

Gross USA:

$80,282,231

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,427,090
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