After the pretty lacklustre Alien V Predator comes this earth-bound rematch, set in a small American town outside Colorado.
The plot, such as it is, centres around an escaped �Predalien� – a hybrid of the two species which has escaped and sets about killing everyone it encounters. For some unexplained reason the Predators send a lone warrior to pursue the hybrid and so the two do battle whilst demolishing the town in the process.
Along the way we meet some nice townspeople and some not nice ones. Predictably the not nice ones tend to get eaten or killed whilst the nice ones largely get to live to the end of the film which, and I�m afraid there�s no nice way of saying this, is simply trite.
One of the accompanying documentaries discusses how this film is the first from Directors Colin and Greg Strause. After the disappointment of the first Alien V Predator it�s impossible to understand why the film was given to first-timers but it really hasn�t paid off.
This is pretty tepid stuff which is almost all shot in the dark, lacks any clear narrative and has an ending which just appears from nowhere.
Both parent franchises have well deserved reputations for delivering thrills and excitement wrapped in decent plots but it seems any effort to combine the two on-screen is doomed to result in a shallow beast-on-beast knockabout.
The extras on the package are pretty generous but they suggest a certain smugness on the part of the filmmakers and I defy anyone to come away with any impression other than that they cared more about the visuals than the plot.
Sadly it�s hard to recommend this as anything other than �back from the pub� viewing material.