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An Alien feud that takes no prisoners

PUBLISHED: 10:53 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:28 01 July 2010

FOLLOWING on from the events of their earlier face-off, a spaceship carrying aliens and predators crash-lands in a generic middle American town. Unperturbed, the extraterrestrials continue their efforts to wipe one anoth

ALIEN V PREDATOR: Requiem

Cert 15

FOLLOWING on from the events of their earlier face-off, a spaceship carrying aliens and predators crash-lands in a generic middle American town. Unperturbed, the extraterrestrials continue their efforts to wipe one another out while the town's human residents find themselves smack in the middle of an ancient alien feud.

The only new invention in the entire film is the creation of the Predalien, predator-alien hybrid that burst out of a dead predator's chest at the start of the film. Hybrid aside the film does little to move the story of the long-held animosity between the two races along.

The battle scenes are difficult to follow as the majority of the action takes place in the dead of night during torrential rain. The choppy editing does little to add any sense of clarity to the confusion and the more cynical viewer may suspect the director of doing his best to mask the substandard special effects.

While marginally better than its predecessor the film is still woeful. An attempt to bring a more human angle into the story by telling the back story of a handful of the locals falls flat on its face and is completely unnecessary considering everybody knows they are only there for the monsters to kill or mutilate.

Ultimately the film comes of as an ill-convinced, badly put together attempt to wring more money out of a popular franchise and it is best avoided.

Alien Vs Predator: Requiem opens in cinemas on Friday.

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