01 May 2008

The Alien steady decline

It’s franchise re-cap time. Now that I’ve suffered through Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, I can chart out the quality of the six films featuring the xenomorph aliens, the four from the main series and the two in the AVP series—which, we can hope, will remain at two.

It ends up as an easy chart to construct. This is a rare case in a long-running series where the quality declines in direct chronological order: the best film is the first, the worst film is the last. Making a list from best to last is therefore perfunctory, but I’m going to do it anyway, along with a capsule review.
  • Alien: Best science-fiction/horror of all time. Still disturbing and terrifying twenty-nine years later.
  • Aliens: Full-throttle military action, cool characters, good times.
  • Alien3: Gloom and doom, excellent character piece… but hard to digest for some.
  • Alien: Resurrection: Good ideas in search of cohesion.
  • Alien vs. Predator: Potboiler, better than you might expect.
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem: I can’t see anything.