The characterization of the various secondary characters in 'AvP' is way, WAY better in 'AvP'. 'AvP' took the time to actually set up the scientist characters and their personalities and give them names.
Then why can't I remember any characters (not that they had any real character) other than Bishop, Sanaa Lathan and that poor Italian fellow who didn't seem at all comfortable acting in English, particularly with such poor lines? I don't even remember which of those many European droogs was the one with the character name-drop to give Dark Horse Comics fanboys a hard-on. There was also Colin Salmon once again doing his bit for queen and country in a Paul Anderson movie, but I wish he'd stop doing that; he never has anything to do but show up and look austere. There was nothing going on.
Wait a minute, that one guy from Trainspotting
was in the movie. He liked to photograph things, and I didn't care.
It's not that AVP had a terrible framework; as I said previously, it harvests many of the same elements of O'Bannon and Von Daniken as Prometheus.
It just does it badly, on the cheap, with a lot of stuntmen turned actors and an ADD script. If I harp it on it's particularly because I saw things that could have worked in the premise and failed to at every turn. And I think Prometheus
far outclasses it on every conceivable level.
Name a single character in 'Prometheus' who got killed when zombie-Fifeld went on his rampage. Shit, name a single secondary scientist period other than Milburn and Fifeld.
And Milburn and Fifeld (along with a lot of the other characters in the movie) were idiots - at least none of the characters in 'AvP' did anything outright stupid or suicidal.
Plenty of those dudes were idiots. Millburn and Fifield were just scared of giant alien corpses, and Fifield was unstable.
If you seriously think 'Prometheus' had better characterization than 'AvP', I'd suggest watching 'AvP' because the only thing I can think of is that you haven't seen it lately.
I actually watched it again about a month ago, and I still didn't care. I'm not going to say every character in Prometheus
is a profound tableau of emotions (nor, for that matter, are the characters in Alien
), but I will say I got way, way more out of Shaw, David, Vickers, Janek, Weyland, etc. than anyone in any AVP.
Shit, Weyland in 'AvP' is a more likeable and sympathetic character than Weyland in 'Prometheus'. Charles Weyland actually gives a shit if his employees die, he shows remorse and actually debates if he's doing the right thing. Peter Weyland was a selfish asshole who didn't care about anyone but himself.
Yeah, he turned out to be an okay guy, but they're not running for Miss Congeniality. Bishop Weyland's function in AVP is to show up and be Lance Henriksen for fanboys - that's about it. I don't care which one of them is nicer; Weyland's role in Prometheus
, though a bit briefer than I'd like, actually serves a profound thematic resonance that echoes through the ideas of the film, then all the way back to Blade Runner
with Batty and Tyrell. He actually has a point.
This is all irrelevant bickering though. We don't agree on the films or their quality, and that's fine. I'm just saying why I think AVP1 is a mediocre at best film that cheapens the franchise and particularly doesn't work with what we see in Prometheus
of the Engineers' background. If it does for you, that's your thing.