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10th Anniversary of Alien vs Predator Movie

Today officially marks the 10th Anniversary of 2004’s Alien vs Predator movie: 13th August 2004. How time flies when we’re having fun. Alien vs Predator was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starred Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen and Raoul Bova. Upon its release, critical and fan reception was mostly negative but it grossed over $172 million worldwide. Were you around this community during the release? Remember how excited we all were?

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When was the last time you saw the film? Has your opinion changed since the early days?



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  1. Milan
    Norway?

    Traffic control would likely be close to the south pole in order to monitor the southern sky (the Nostromo was coming from the constellation of Reticulum - relative to Earth - which is a southern constellation.)

    Bouvetoya is nearly 2000km from tha RSA base SANAE IV in Antarctica.  It's another 2000km from there to the pole.

    Hi, had no clue where Bouyetoya was so I looked in the AVP section on he homepage and under the "story" part I saw this;

    " As the film takes place in the present day, Paul W.S. Anderson made it clear that he didn’t want to contradict the previous Alien films so the story takes place on the Norwegian Antarctic island of Bouvet, far away from any civilization"

    That's why I mentioned Norway :-)

    However the queen didn't die of being forzen for a 100 years so I think that they could make a AVP 3 useing that queen, I don't think she's dead because I don't think that an alien can be killed by drowning it, never seen an alien die becuase of drowning on the big screen. Many ppl have said that they would like to see an AVP movie in a future setting and many have said that they would like to see the colonial marines in an AVP movie. Personally I agree with those ppl and support the idea.

    The traffic control center doesn't even have to be a part of AVP3 but I think it could open up some doors, answearing some questions. They could for example confirm that the company knew more about the Space jockeys/ Aliens than they let on. I think that most issues with canon and continuity can be sorted out in a future setting, many ppl have already thought out ideas on how to make many of the issues work with canon, so why not throw in some stuff here and there as long it doesn't create new issues.

    For example, When Charles Bishop Weyland died his brother Sir Peter Weyland ended up takeing over.
    maybe that's something that could be mentioned in the movie and resolve one issue among many.
  2. SM
    Norway?

    Traffic control would likely be close to the south pole in order to monitor the southern sky (the Nostromo was coming from the constellation of Reticulum - relative to Earth - which is a southern constellation.)

    Bouvetoya is nearly 2000km from tha RSA base SANAE IV in Antarctica.  It's another 2000km from there to the pole.
  3. Milan
    Lately I've been thinking about if they could link the queen from avp with space traffic control center in antartica from Aliens and have a movie about something that happening there, she gets discovered...they make her come alive and she's no sleeping beauty...
    ...No, she's one angry b***h :-) The Predators haven't forgotten about her, they've been watching her all along and when the colonal marines are sent in to clean s**t up it soon becomes a welcome setting for the Predators, war/ conflict. For a long long time they have been patiently waiting for the queen to come alive, for the humans to become strong enough to face the aliens...for the ultimate hunt to begin. And a hundred years from now, antartica isn't as cold as it is these days...god bless the ozone layer and let the hunt begin :-D

    I think it could work, It could still be on earth, expanding on the story that began there but at the same time it can be set in the future and it would make it possible for us to see the colonal marines in action again.


  4. RakaiThwei
    Best AVPGALAXY-member, ever. :)

    Hey, I still love AvP too! I just sorely wish that Fox would continue with the storyline that the first film had established and set the franchise as a parallel but separate continuity from the Predator franchise and the Alien franchise, while still maintaining links to the first two Predator films, and the four Alien films. We would have three paths to choose from.

    But the realist in me says that with the approach Fox is taking things now, that is not really likely to happen.  :(
  5. Milan
    Is the AvP-R Blu-Ray really better in terms of picture and brightness comparison than to the DVD?

    Well, I've had the both the DVD and the Blu-Ray from the day ithey got released here in Sweden, I first saw the movie with PS3 and an older Plasma TV (LG), and my opinion is that the blu-ray is slightly better but the darkness issue is still present.

     These days I use my PS4 and I bought a newer TV, a LG LED TV (47LM620T:ze), maybe it's the combination that removes the darkness issue, cause, the Alien used to look like a shadow before but when I watched the movie again a week ago, I could see the alien very clean. It surprised me because I didn't expect it at all.
  6. Milan
    I'm one of those who first loved avp-r and hated avp, then I hated both because I was focusing on the flaws, took a couple of years of and rewatched the movies with a neutral state of mind and enjoyed both. Had no problems with watching avp-r on my Tv with the blue ray in the PS4. Remember that I could really see the Alien in the store, something that was new to me. Both movies still have their pros and cons but I rather focus on the big picture then get stuck and hating on the alien killing the Predator with the magic tail or the predator flooring the alien with the magic punch.

  7. FatBrando
    Acting was better?...no. No it wasn't. AVPR has some of the worst acting I've ever seen. Corny, over the top soap opera garbage. With the lead doing some bizarre action Tom Cruise impression...ugh, makes me want to puke. None of the characters were like-able or relatable in any way. The first film had actual actors. No they weren't any good in it either but there is only so much you can do with a bad director, a terrible script and lousy editing. This is a series that contains great actors! Like Sigorney Weaver, Lance Henrikson, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Yaphett Koto, and Charles Dance! Classically trained! Directors like Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher! Jean-Pierre Juenet! Granted Resurrection sucked but he's still a good director. The reason the franchises are suffering is because of miss-management from the studios and producers like John Davis. They don't put the money towards a quality product. They dont hire good actors, good directors, writers, etc. They don't respect the universe. They see it as rubber monsters fighting in outer space. They look at it with all the reverence of an old Godzilla move.
  8. worldpeace
    one of the worsed disappointments ive ever experienced in a movie theater . from my hope as a child to see something amazing too seing the avp billboard in hollywood too tha ending eye contact between lex and scar that made me feel foolish and fooled and ripped off. f**k this piece of shit movies anniversary . :-\ :-X
  9. Frank
    To the guy who "loved" AVPR:

    It will be a cold day in hell before I ever acknowledge another movie that has a xenomorph inside a high school.
  10. That Guy
    I watched it opening night, went in with high expectations and left feeling..meh. I did not hate it, i got some enjoyment out of it. I would say i'm very indifferent about it. It's obvious that Anderson wanted to make an "Alien" movie, he said so in all the interviews, it seems that somewhere down the line he got roped into adding Predators.
    I love both creatures but it's obvious that the aliens were favored. I liked AVPR a lot more, still not an award winner but better in my opinion. Though one could argue that the Predator is favored more in that one. I think that's the problem with versus films in general. Two great characters that can never be balanced out in a way that will make fans on both sides happy. Freddy vs Jason..same issue.
  11. AVP-CAPCOM
    When I heard Paul W S Anderson was directing an AVP movie back in early 2003 I was expecting his movie would be a cross between his PG-13 MORTAL KOMBAT and alien rip off Event Horizon.

    When the film came out- that's exactly what I got.

    A generous 3/5
  12. Randomizer
        Well , the fact that Aliens were attacking civilization didn't attract me so much . I expected to be something more like a ton of Aliens running down the street with people screaming , barricading themselves in their houses and shit like that ...

       
       It got so bad that the military nuked Gunnison.
     

        When things like this happen , most of the time they nuke cities .
  13. Morgoth
    While I didn't enjoy AVP. I loved AVPR. I thought it was a much better movie. We actually see aliens attack civilization. The predalien I thought was great. We got wolf! The score was fantastic. The story I found more interesting. The town kinda (I mean kinda) had a twin peaks vibe to it. I thought the acting was better and the characters more interesting. It's by NO means a great movie but a movie I thought was fun and superior to the first. 
  14. FatBrando
    Sadly this film is just as terrible as it was when it was released. I remember being so hopeful. I also remember the sickening feeling I had as it dragged on with it's bulky Predators, ugly Aliens, terrible plot and beyond silly ending. It's too bad. Paul Anderson is certainly a passionate guy. He really seemed to be thrilled about the film in the pre-release interviews. You could tell he wasn't getting what he wanted as it got closer to coming out though. His enthusiasm in interviews really seemed to be fading. I think it was a case of a director biting off more than he could chew. Maybe what he saw in his head was really cool. Sadly the end result was just plan stupid.
  15. Hellspawn28
    I was 13 when this movie came out and AVP felt like it came out four years ago to me. I remember it took me a while to know how awful the movie was. I was very hype up for this movie since I follow the news on Planet AVP and lurk the old AVPG forums for a while. I first saw the movie at Summer Camp. We went to the movie theaters for the field trip and different groups went to see different movies. We can see PG-13 movies if they approve of it.
  16. SM
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    Every idea for a sequel/prequel/reboot/remake/etc. is basically fan-fiction until it's bought

    When does that happen though?  All that stuff is specifically commissioned.
  17. SiL
    Every idea for a sequel/prequel/reboot/remake/etc. is basically fan-fiction until it's bought :P

    My old script shouldn't be made into a movie, let alone wouldn't -- it's got some serious issues I could never be bothered to fix on account of the whole "It's just fan-fic" thing. I wanted to see if I could write a story that did both creatures justice at the same time -- by all accounts I did. Alas, much of the rest of the script was rather lacking :P
  18. SM
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    lolnope? That doesn't make any sense. I say (paraphrasing) you should try to follow your dreams if you want to be successful (in this instance in a creative endeavor). You say that that's delusional. I cite these two as people who had tried - and succeeded. And you respond that they started out writing fanfiction?

    Context.

    You're talking about SiL's script getting made as a legit AvP film.  Not going to happen.  Not through lack of talent - 'cos he is a talented f**ker - but simply because that isn't the way the world works.

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    So what if they did? How does that make their success (and I imagine satisfaction) any less real? The person who wrote "Fifty Shades" started off writing Fan Fiction (I think about Twilight) and is now having her novels turned into a movie. I'm sure she gives a shit that people say she started off writing fan-fiction too.

    Fifty Shades was an original work.  Doesn't matter if it started as Twilight fan fic - it's an original story with original characters and no longer fan fic.

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    Ultimately, though - from 50 shades lady to Anderson, fanfiction or no, they are living their professional dream. I read on here that you'd like to work to in movies one day - do you? If so, then clearly you tried and succeeded in what you set out to do (at that stage at least); if you don't and have never tried (as you seem to advocate here) then you're never going to work in movies - unless Cameron plucks you off the street to be the next John Connor or something.

    You've missed the point.  I never said 'Dont try'. I said 'Don't expect your fan fic to get picked up by Fox'.  They'll call you when they want you; not the other way round.  Rowling and Anderson don't have careers because they wrote fan fic.
  19. Russ
    Tell that to JK Rowling. Or indeed, Paul WS Anderson.

    Because both Rowling and Anderson started their careers writing fanfic.

     :laugh:

    lolnope

    lolnope? That doesn't make any sense. I say (paraphrasing) you should try to follow your dreams if you want to be successful (in this instance in a creative endeavor). You say that that's delusional. I cite these two as people who had tried - and succeeded. And you respond that they started out writing fanfiction?

    So what if they did? How does that make their success (and I imagine satisfaction) any less real? The person who wrote "Fifty Shades" started off writing Fan Fiction (I think about Twilight) and is now having her novels turned into a movie. I'm sure she gives a shit that people say she started off writing fan-fiction too.

    Ultimately, though - from 50 shades lady to Anderson, fanfiction or no, they are living their professional dream. I read on here that you'd like to work to in movies one day - do you? If so, then clearly you tried and succeeded in what you set out to do (at that stage at least); if you don't and have never tried (as you seem to advocate here) then you're never going to work in movies - unless Cameron plucks you off the street to be the next John Connor or something.

    Look - at the end of the day, many try, most give up. But some win. Even if they do write fan-fiction. lolyep?
  20. happypred
    Bitterly disappointed at the cinema. Bad predator costumes. Random selection of acid-vulnerable/acid-proof gear. Silly plot device (pesky humans steal cannons). Badly executed team-up replete with tender moments between Scar and Lex. Hilariously light clothing for Antarctic weather. No explanation of super-fast alien reproductive cycle.

    That said...Anderson did get one thing right. He set the movie on the remotest continent of Earth.
  21. Ash 937
    I thought it was the worst Alien film when it was released.  The funny thing about the Alien franchise is that it gets worse with every consecutive film that comes out.  The only time this didn't happen imo though was when Prometheus came out and was better than AvP: Requiem.
  22. MrSpaceJockey
    I was 7 years old when this movie came out.  It was also the first Alien/Predator movie I ever saw, though that was some years later. 

    Even though I'd probably rank it as my 7th or 8th favorite of the franchises, I don't hate it.  Part of that is because I had no hype, no anticipation when I first watched it (that same kind of hype led to my colossal disappointment of Prometheus).  And consequently I can even find the movie a little nostalgic. 

    Looking back now there are still some elements I dig about the movie.  Like the setting.  Antarctica's the most isolated place on Earth, and I liked how the scenes with the abandoned whaling station lit only by the flares/flashlights looked, so I think it was a great setting choice for the ALIEN side of the film.  And the ancient pyramids was a link to the continued presence of the Predators in human history, so that was cool for the Predator side of the film.  I still like the concept of Predators hunting prey in a constantly shifting maze of a pyramid.  The idea of seeing Weyland and his original company was pretty cool (pre-Prometheus retcon).  And the fight scenes were decent, at the least.

    Finally, it's not AvP: R.
  23. Dill-On
    I change my opinion. This movie is even worst now.
    Action in Antarctica? This is soooo cheap. Idea for naive kids.
    However - I still prefer much more this weak movie than Prometheus.
    At least i can laugh from AVP.
    Prometheus is not funny. This is very sad movie about giant squids and bald, agressive guys from space.
  24. Darkness
    I think I've definitely mellowed a lot since the early days. In the first year of AvP's release, most of my posts ended in various death threats towards Anderson.

    I'd love to do something with the script one day, but I won't be in a position to do so for a very long time. There are a couple of bits in it I'm still proud of and will keep forever, even if I have to work them into other ideas, but for the most part, well, it is what it is: a rough draft fan script.

    Where is this script? I don't think I've had the pleasure.
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