Film / Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

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Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is the 2007 sequel to Alien vs. Predator, and was directed by the Brothers Strause in their first feature film.

Taking place shortly after the last movie, the Chestburster that emerged from Scar has now grown into an adult Predalien and causes the Predator ship to crash down by Gunnison, Colorado. Releasing a swarm of Facehuggers upon the town, the simple lives of the citizens are disrupted by the increasing spread of the Xenomorphs. Things don't get any easier when both a lone Predator and the National Guard are sent to contain the outbreak before it spreads to rest of the planet.


Tropes in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem:

  • Anachronism Stew/Artistic License – Military: The AVP wiki stated that AVP-R took place a few days after the original; the U.S. National Guard troops wear ACU uniforms, which weren't issued until 2006.
  • Artistic License – Geography: This film is set in Gunnison, Colorado. However, the terrain in the movie is a lot less mountainous than in the real Gunnison, Colorado. Additionally, when the National Guard is summoned from Colorado Springs they arrive almost instantly. In real life, Colorado Springs is 3 hours away from Gunnison.
  • Asshole Victim: The Jerk Jock ends up getting his face melted by the Xenomorph acid, and his friends get mutilated by one.
  • Abandoned Hospital: The climax of Requiem.
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Requiem So big the Aliens were setting up a hive down there before the Predator showed up and drove them out.
  • Battle in the Rain: The climax of the movie.
  • Big Bad: The Predalien takes center stage throughout the movie as the biggest and scariest alien around. It indirectly destroys the Predator ship, creates a Xenomorph army to invade the rest of Earth, harvests a whole town. It forces the predators to send Wolf after it, as the only one who could take it down.
  • Blind Obedience: "The government wouldn't lie to us!"
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The first film isn't exactly blood-free, but Requiem really cranks up the Gorn.
  • Bullying The Dragon: Whenever the human characters fuck with the Predator instead of just leaving it the hell alone, it's definitely this. The main character seems to catch the hint during the finale; he chooses to simply leave the Predator alone and sure enough the Predator ignores him.
  • Burger Fool: The lead in Requiem works as a pizza delivery boy. All the other characters go out of their way to tell him how humiliating this is.
  • Call Back: "Get to the chopper!"
  • Canon Immigrant: The PredAlien goes from a enemy in the PC game to an official Xenomorph variation in the second movie. There's also the different vision modes the Predator uses to spot aliens instead of humans in the first movie.
    • That in turn was an explanation of the vision modes used in Predator 2, where it found the heat-cloaked humans by switching settings.
  • Cleanup Crew: Throughout the film, Wolf has been killing as many witnesses as he has Xenomorphs, making it clear what his purpose is in the movie.
  • Darker and Edgier: As noted under Bloodier and Gorier, the body count and visible violence is very much cranked up. But the film also abandons one of the usual concepts of most Aliens versus Predator ventures (including the first movie): humans and Predators forced to team up to take out a bigger threat. Wolf is instead meant to be like a "force of nature" that's as much or more of a risk to the human characters as the Xenomorphs, and is an antagonist all the way through; he never even shows the grudging respect for human characters that has also been a trait of Predator films and the AvP properties (very much likely due to his role as a one-man Cleanup Crew). It's also implied that even the few survivors at the end might be "silenced" by the government. Overall the tone is a lot more bleak than the other entries in the Predator franchise.
  • Death by Sex: One of the girls strips down to almost nothing in the pool scene. She does not make it to the end of the movie.
  • Death of a Child: Gleefully applied in the second film, which has the aliens killing kids and even eating babies. However, none of it actually happens onscreen, except for one kid falling victim to a facehugger.
  • Dramatic Thunder: The climactic battle in the hospital.
  • Double Tap: Exaggerated. The alien who kills the above mentioned Jerk Jock's friends stabs the dead body of the friend in the head over and over again, way more than needed. Could be considered Tempting Fate/Karmic Death since Wolf impales him exactly the same way while he is doing it
    • Subverted in that the Alien was obviously feeding and not merely randomly stabbing a body.
  • Downer Ending: In a What Could Have Been example, during the Brothers Strause DVD Commentary they mention that they thought of an ending where, after being handed the Predator weapon, the "rescuers" lifted up their weapons and the screen would cut to black with the sound of the rifles firing full-auto. Ouch.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: It's implied that the mother impregnated (in the hospital) by the predalien can feel the multiple bursters breaking into her womb and eating her children.
  • Genre Blind: "The government wouldn't lie to us!". Anyone who has seen any Alien or Predator thing ever can tell you how wrong that is.
    • As can anyone who has been exposed to...well any form of media.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Averted. All the gorn is put on full display, such as when we see an Alien impregnate a pregnant woman and the "babies" eat their way out later.
  • Hybrid Monster: The Predalien, though it's not truly a hybrid since aliens always take traits from their hosts.
  • Immediate Sequel: The two films could be spliced together into one pretty easily.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: The Predalien is completely indiscriminate in its victims, invading a maternity ward in the town's hospital and implanting pregnant women with its own xenomorph embryos.
  • Instant Sedation: Facehuggers seem to be able to knock someone out within six or seven seconds in this film. People have speculated that they use their tails to knock someone out, but that would require a precise chokehold (a blood choke specifically). The speed of the knock out suggests they sedate their host through some unknown means; the best examples being the two homeless men.
    • Recent sources such as the Weyland-Yutani Report confirm that the parasites use a cynose-based sedation as the method of subduing its victim.
  • Just Following Orders: This is how the soldiers react when called out on destroying the town with a nuclear bomb.
  • Kill 'em All: The movie has only four survivors, which is actually worse than the first film given that the movie takes place in a large town and not in the middle of a frozen wasteland.
  • Large and in Charge: The Predalien towers over the human-spawned Xenomorphs given that its host was the already large Predator. Word of God reveals that that the Predalien is a young Queen (given her depositing alien embryos in any pregnant human she can get her hands on) who would ultimately have grown even larger than a human-spawned one.
  • Market-Based Title: Requiem is known in some countries as Aliens VS Predator 2, conveniently combining the names of the second Alien movie and second Predator movie into the second AvP movie.
  • The Mountains of Illinois: In Requiem, the shot of "Gunnison" clearly is not. The mountains are far too small and the town is far too big.
  • Neck Lift: Wolf does this simultaneously to two aliens who attempt ambush him
  • No OSHA Compliance: The power goes out in AVP Requiem and it seems that not a single building in the town has emergency lighting, and even the hospital's emergency generator mostly just makes the fluorescent lights flicker.
  • One Riot, One Ranger: The Xenomorphs are loose on a planet with billions of people that can potentially spawn just as many Xenomorphs...and only Wolf responds to deal with the problem.
  • Redshirt Army: The National Guard unit sent to Gunnison only gets about a minute of screentime before they're all killed in an alien ambush.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: The films are half this, half Fanon Discontinuity, and pretty well into Canon Discontinuity with the release of Prometheus.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: After taking some damage to his plasma casters, Wolf takes the remaining one and reconfigures it into a handheld weapon similar to a shotgun. It can only fire one shot at a time, and cocking it activates a recharge sequence.
  • Slasher Movie: Some fans complained that AVP-R turned both franchises into mere Teen Slasher monsters, screaming blond and all.
  • Television Geography: Virtually every shot of "Gunnison, Colorado" is wrong. (See The Mountainsof Illinois above.)
  • Too Dumb to Live: Several:
    • Buddy shoots an alien point blank and gets acid on his arm; rather than take off his jacket off, he just stands there letting the acid burn his arm off
    • The Predators in the ship who carry Scar's body do not scan him for any Xenomorph infestation. Even if that is counted out as overlooked due to Scar's death, it does not explain the stupidity of one Predator opening fire on the Predalien and causing the ship to crash.
    • The father and son who should've taken off immediately stop for some time when the boy falls down, and are taken out by the facehuggers.
    • The homeless men who were staring into the bubbling water, doubly glaring since their dog found pieces of a corpse in the sewers.
    • One alien who attacks and disables one of Wolf's plasma cannons, hisses at him and slowly moves towards him. The results are predictable
  • Vasquez Always Dies: Averted, the lead actually take the Vasquez role.
  • Walking Armory: Wolf, especially after taking up the fallen Predators' weapons.
  • Whip Sword: Wolf's bladed whip can slice up an enemy by wrapping around him and pulling in. It's also made from a Xenomorph's tail.

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