This month, within about a week of each other, I watched Alien Vs. Predator, and read H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness.’
Lovecraft’s story is about a group of researchers who head down to Antarctica to explore. Once there, they find an ancient city once inhabited by ‘The Old Ones,’ a race of horrible monsters from the far reaches of space. Soon, they discover that it may be inhabited still.
In Alien Vs. Predator, Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen, who played the robot ‘Bishop,’ in the Alien movies) assembles a team of researchers to explore an ancient pyramid that was detected deep under the ice of Antarctica. Once there there find it in inhabited by horrible aliens from the far reaches of space.
The basic premise is that the Predators leave Alien eggs on Earth so that they can come back at regular intervals and hunt them.
The Aliens need bodies to incubate their young in, so the humans are quickly targeted by them, while at the same time, the Predators hunt anything that threatens them.
The main human character is Alexa Woods (Sanaa Lathan, the voice of ‘Donna Tubbs,’ on the Cleveland Show). She decides that the wise move in this situation is to pick a side, and so she chooses the more human-like Predators.
The movie does a great job of balancing the elements that made both the Alien and Predator franchises so successful. It manages to feel like an Alien movie, and a Predator movie at the same time.
The plot (aside from being lifted from Lovecraft) is decent enough to move the action forward. Characters spend most of their time running, fighting, and dying, so there’s not much development there. but in the end, it’s a solid action movie, with an interesting setting (probably because they stole it from Lovecraft).
The Blu Ray is good. The video is pristine, and the Antarctic scenery looks beautiful (even though I think most of it was filmed on a set). The disc is pretty cheap these days, if you’re willing to wait for a sale.