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AVP: Alien vs Predator

AVP: Alien vs Predator

Paul Anderson (1) (2004)

96min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Face-huggers, a defrosted Alien queen, rite-of-passage combat and a goofy explanation for the dawn of Man are all elements of director Paul WS Anderson's sometimes inspired melding of two sci-fi horror franchises. An expedition heads for Antarctica after a billionaire (Lance Henriksen) discovers a pyramid under the ice. They find that the interior of the pyramid reconfigures every ten minutes and proves to be the venue for a Predator v Alien smackdown, with the expedition's crew as the warm-up. The characterisation is nonexistent - Trainspotting's Ewen Bremner, Italian megastar Raoul Bova and 007 alumnus Colin Salmon exist only to explain the plot and become cocoon fodder. But at least Ripley replacement Sanaa Lathan manages to shine during the thrilling finale. Slime-encrusted face-offs between monster-movie icons are what this guilty pleasure is all about, and that's where Anderson really delivers. The epic spaceship moments and a loony twist ending are a bonus.

Summary

A team of scientists investigates the discovery of a mysterious pyramid beneath the Antarctic ice, which is inhabited by a deadly alien race. Meanwhile, a second species of hostile extraterrestrials are on their way to prove their worth by vanquishing the first in battle - with the unfortunate humans caught in the middle. Sci-fi thriller, starring Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova and Lance Henriksen.

Cast & Crew

Alexa Woods Sanaa Lathan
Sebastian De Rosa Raoul Bova
Graeme Miller Ewen Bremner
Maxwell Stafford Colin Salmon
Charles Bishop Weyland Lance Henriksen
Mark Verheiden Tommy Flanagan
Joe Connors Joseph Rye
Adele Rousseau Agathe de la Boulaye
Rusten Quinn Carsten Norgaard
Thomas Parks Sam Troughton
Scar Ian Whyte
Director Paul Anderson (1)
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 22 Oct 2004

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