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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 10 E 11

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Release date: June 6, 2017

Film: Alien vs. Predator

Tagline: "Let's look back at one of the biggest crossovers that led to the most underwhelming of responses."

This review contains examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Malcolm doesn't appear in the review, and is replaced by Jim for the underlying sketches.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The opening sketch features the personifications of the Critic's jock and intellect sides, both played by Doug, Tamara and Jim, debating as to what to make of this film.
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  • Both Sides Have a Point: The jocks and intellects in the Critic's head have a lot of valid points regarding the film, and at certain points they even agree that this film is average, and that Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is bad.
  • "Common Knowledge": One of the questions from the intellect sides is how Xenomorphs could merge their dna with predators to create Predalien, acting as if this had never been seen before. This actually is an alien ability dating back to the third alien movie, where a Face-Hugger impregnating a dog resulted in the Runner variant.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Graeme showing Alexa a photo of his family over his camera is, according to the Critic, screams "Death Flag".
  • Not Worth Killing: The Critic's interpretation of the Predators' actions; he believes it makes perfect sense for them to use an Alien Queen to infect humans and then hunt the resulting Aliens, because the human characters are so stupid and weak they wouldn't be any fun killing off.
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  • Red Shirt: The Critic identifies most of the cast as expendable and we even get a actual red shirt when it shows a "Predator cam".
  • Running Gag: Jock Doug trying to get a high-five from his fellow jocks and failing to get any.
  • Shout-Out: The scene where Alexa runs through an whale skeleton while being chased by the Alien Queen has the Critic scream that she needs to go through the elephant graveyard, showing a clip of Simba and Nala doing the same.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Two In-Universe cases:
    • This is what the Critic thinks of director Paul W.S. Anderson, given that his filmography ranges from the passable Death Race to the much-maligned Resident Evil movies, and that he has little luck with R-rated movies (for example, Mortal Kombat did not have the violence which defined the video games, while even Event Horizon had theirs toned down so much the Critic considers it PG-13 in all but name).
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    • At the end of the review, he also gives this verdict to the film, given that while it does have a lot of bad and/or boring moments, the good aspects are more than enough to satisfy him.
  • Subverted Catch Phrase: At the end:
    "I'm the Nostalgia Critic and... Requiem sucks.
  • Take That!:
    • The Critic jokes that the reality of 2004 in the film makes as much sense as the reality of the mid-2010s, where Martha & Snoop's Potluck Party, a cooking show starring entrepreneur Martha Stewart and musician Snoop Dogg cook together, is a big hit.
    • The scene where Sebastian unearths an old Pepsi bottle cap in Teotihuacan in Mexico, and the following looks of disappointment from onlookers, has the Critic sarcastically retort that one day Pepsi will bring world peace, showing a clip of the infamous Kendall Jenner ad.
    • The scene where Scar tinkers with his wrist device with red holograms has the Critic sarcastically exclaim that the Predators are so evil they found a way to combine the Virtual Boy console and the Power Glove accessory, two much-maligned Nintendo devices.
    • At the end of the film, the Critic concludes that, whether the audience is a jock or intellect, both sides could agree that they don't like Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

"This is like finding Moses' DVD collection."

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