Alien vs. Predator, most commonly referred to as AVP, was a conjunction of two very successful science fiction films. The Alien saga began its production first, releasing the film Alien in 1979 under the direction of Ridley Scott. Starring Sigourney Weaver, and Tom Skerritt, Alien plunges its audience into a suspenseful space expedition with a team of space voyagers sent to investigate a distress call on the darkest side of the moon. Unfortunately, the audience must bare witness to mortality, as the team of eight unknowingly entered a trap, and the life cycle of the Aliens has only just begun.
Directed by John McTiernan, Predator released its first production eight years after Alien. In 1987, actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers are sent on a search and rescue mission through the thick jungles of Central America. Throughout the expedition members of the search-party are picked off one by one by an unseen foe. With all forms of communication destroyed, the mission quickly dissolves and becomes a bloody quest for survival. Collaborative teamwork, forest traps, and constant surveillance are the only methods in which the few remaining members of the team can stand a chance against their hidden enemy.
Throughout the 90’s and the early 2000’s, dark sci-fi films such as these two were a hit and fans were scattered all over the world. However, Alien vs. Predator is what the fans wanted, and they got it! Directed by Paul W.S Anderson, AVP was released in 2004. Similar to the Alien and Predator films, AVP began its story with a team of archaeologists sent on a mission to investigate a hidden tomb on an island in Antarctica. This tomb is suspected to be millions of years old and hold treasures worth a fortune, giving high hopes of wealth to those who participate. Unfortunately, dreams of eternal wealth are misled and the crew of scientists have mistakenly registered themselves in a war between extremely hostile alien creatures.
Not only is the enemy aware of the humans' arrival, the tomb half of the team has entered is riddled with traps, luring the humans closer and closer to the Alien stronghold. With a heavy arsenal of flamethrowers, machine guns, and explosives, the humans are no match for both the Aliens and the Predators and their numbers start to dwindle. The few remaining are forced to figure out what is going on and how to prevent these demonic creatures from reaching the surface. Through behavioral hints from the enemy and hieroglyphics inside the labyrinth, the few remaining discover that predators created the tomb as a breeding ground for the Aliens thousands of years ago. Predators lived for combat and tested their skills regularly by challenging themselves against the toughest opponents. Humans were captured and forced into the tomb as a food source for the Aliens to mature. As the Aliens grew, they would emerge from underground tomb and fight the predators. However, the Alien stronghold has grown in numbers and their killing techniques have adapted. The game has now changed and the predators and humans are now forced to work together against the queen Alien who has decided to leave the tomb, once and for all.
#Scriptonomics allows us to view the internal gizzards of the film including its total scene count, which amounts to 248 scenes. As I stated previously, AVP was set in Antarctica, as well as 18 different locations inside countries including France, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Accounting all 248 scenes, only around 50.8% of those scenes were filmed indoors and 49.2% of the rest of the film were shot outside. Additionally, AVP was revered for its dose of action and a colossal 78% of the film is considered action and 22% of the rest is regarded as dialogue. Incorporating a hefty portion of action scenes is a hidden tactic the AVP producers enacted brilliantly. After all, fans all over the world could care less about a thick plot between the Alien and Predator. Moreover, fans thirsted to see both intergalactic demons battle it out, one on one, and AVP granted that wish, tenfold.
#Scriptonomics outlines the films top significant scenes. In this case, scenes 161- 172 are labeled as the film’s most significant scene. During this bunch of scenes, actress Sanaa Lathan who plays Alexa Woods is the only human alive and is forced to fight alongside the last remaining Predator against the progressive Alien horde. The two have set explosive charges around the tomb and don’t have much time to escape. While attaching themselves to the crane that will hoist them out of the tomb, the explosion goes off and they escape with only moments to spare. Scenes 217-221 mark the battle between the queen Alien and the two lone survivors. The queen Alien is enormous and wields brute strength, however, the two work together to strap a chain from a slowly descending water tower to the queen's leg. The tower finally falls off the wintery cliff and descends to the bottom of the arctic ocean, taking the queen with it. After the battle, Alexa Woods looks for her comrade who is covered in neon green blood slowly dying because of its battle wounds.
AVP was a risky idea but the return on their investment was promising. The film was released on August 13, 2004, and on its opening weekend, the in the USA grossed $38,291,056. After its time in the theatres, AVP grossed $80,282,231 in the United States alone. Worldwide the film grossed a total of $172,544.654. With a budget amounting to roughly $60,000,000 the return on their investment was healthy. Additionally, fan clubs and merchandise continue to grow this intergalactic concept into profits. Although archeologists wielding machine guns and explosives are hard to believe, AVP stuck to its originality by incorporating a thick enough plot without dissipating any action scenes. The producers brought back Predators infrared reconnaissance mask along with the Aliens face-huggers. Even if audience members had never seen any of the previous independent films, the producers and directors still managed to keep its audience fully entertained.