Movie Marathon: ‘AvP: Alien vs. Predator’ (2004) – rewatch

  • Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • With: Lance Henriksen, Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner, Colin Salmon, Tommy Flanagan
  • Music by: Harald Kloser
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Platform: Disney+
  • My rating: 7/10


When a private satellite encounters an unidentified source of heat in Antarctica and it is found to be a pyramid buried deep underground , a search team comprising of top-of-the-line archaeologists and engineers is sent to Antarctica to find out more . Once there , the team comes across signs which indicate that the place is inhabited by an unknown alien species . It is not long before the aliens begin to hunt the team members . At the same time , a trio of coming-of-age Predators have arrived to collect the skulls of the aliens as trophies , and the humans are caught between a deadly battle between the two warring species .


Rewatching this made me realise I didn’t like it as much as I used to, though I don’t mind rewatching it either. I’ve always been a fan of Paul W.S. Anderson’s movies, especially Event Horizon and the first Resident Evil! And he did make a great Alien movie (lots of easter eggs to the originals) and at the same time a decent Predator movie (I prefer the Aliens though) and I don’t mind putting them together in a movie (there have been comics as well so why not a movie) but it all feels a bit rushed and it tries to please the fans a little too much with the easter eggs. Plus it needed an R-rating (I know there’s a version out there somewhere, but I haven’t seen that one… yet!)

I love the story and background given to why Predators fight Aliens (Xenomorphs) but somehow that also feels too convenient and told too rushed (suddenly the ‘expert’ knows what it’s about) so I guess the written story for this movie should have been changed and not have played out on Earth maybe… what I do love about there being a Queen again and she gets a great role in here… also how did that survivor get off the island in the end? (Knowing we don’t see that person anymore in the sequel or is never talked about again)

The ending of the movie does set up the sequel perfectly! (More on the sequel after I’ve rewatched it in a new post later)

Anderson is a good director for these kind of movies but the script definitely needed some more thought… oh and does Anderson ever feel mercy for the characters Salmon plays? (He loves to slice and dice him 🤣)

After I have rewatched thee Alien movies, I will do the same with the Predator movies)

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