AVP2 Requiem had a lot of promise, the premise of a spaceship full of alien face huggers crashing just outside a medium sized American town was a recipe for mass alien domination, whilst the predator angle meant that someone was coming to help clean up the mess. Even the name held the promise for an action packed, monumental body count of a movie:
Requiem: A hymn, composition, or service for the dead.
The trouble is, the concept was given to a couple of special effects gurus with little directing experience and they seem to have gotten in over their heads. The result is a mishmash of a good movie gone wrong, with a bunch of fumbling actors and passable special effects with little to no real edge of your seats action. It’s almost like a pint by numbers painting – you can see what the picture is supposed to be, but it lacks any life.
The Predator was nicknamed “Wolf” by the filmmakers, after the character Winston Wolfe in Pulp Fiction (1994). His role in the film, like Wolfe’s, is described as that of a “cleaner” – one who covers up assassinations, accidents, and other messy situations.
Several sounds are intentionally recycled from previous ‘Alien’ and ‘Predator’ movies as tribute to those films. Aside from the actual predator and alien noises, other recycled sounds include the beeping of the motion tracker from Aliens (1986) used in this movie as the sound made on the tracking screen showing the bomber heading towards its target.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence.
Duration: 95 mins.
Director: Colin Strause, Greg Strause.
Actors: Robert Joy, David Paetkau, Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, John Ortiz, Sam Trammell, Johnny Lewis, Kristen Hager, Tom Woodruff Jr., Ian Whyte.
Release Date: Available now.