As a direct continuation of the previous AvP movie, the big deal with this movie that it was rated R. If you notice that the title of the film is “requiem” (a moarning or gathering for the recently dead) and that lines up with the desire to let people know this is going to be a hard R movie, you get a cookie! The story fits pretty well into the franchise, but problem here though is both the color saturation and how dark everything ended up being. I watched this via Vudu and honestly thought I had accidentally purchased the SD version and not the HD / bluray version. After stopping the movie, verifying I had the right version, I hopped on the net and found a number of people complaining about the same thing on various forums and I think I even remember this being an issue when I originally watched this in the theater. It’s obvious that they were using the darkness to hide some CG sins, and I can’t honestly say that was a bad choice.
One of the better parts is the Pred-alien, what a fantastic creature! And the resolution of the story was absolutely fantastic, movies like these frequently pull their punches, so I’m always impressed when they go the distance. I wish there was some follow up with the stinger scene in the most recent “The Predator” film, other than showing all the Predator tech in a cabinet. How come 10 years later we don’t have laser cannons of our own?