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Alien vs Predator

IF YOUR idea of fun revolves round thrashing madly in the dark, uncertain as to why you are doing it and what is going to come out of it then "Alien vs Predator" might just be the kind of film you would like to see. What starts off as an intriguing mystery quickly descends into a dull climax of monstrous proportions.

After a mysterious pyramid buried in Antarctica's thick ice is discovered, Weyland Industries gathers experts to look into this phenomenon. It is a perfectly preserved pyramid, provoking scientists to wonder how it got there in the first place. And what could be the implications. Its beauty and finish suggest the hand of extra terrestrial forces, which is when they pick on Italian archaeologist Sebastian de Rosa (Raoul Bova), Scottish scientist Graeme Miller (Ewen Bremner) and environmentalist Alexa Woods (Sanna Lathan), among others.

The team heads for Antarctica, despite Alexa's grim warnings about letting sleeping mysteries lie.

When they reach the South Pole, they find that somebody has already dug into the pyramid. They go in too, defiling and walking through sacrificial chambers and examining funny looking weapons until the walls start sifting and moving every ten minutes — making them realise that they are now badly trapped.

And the war begins. Ridley Scott's Alien and John Mc Tiernan's Predator are two monsters, surreal enemies, who are brought together here. Caught between them are the humans. They are chased by the two fearsome creatures — some get eaten, those who don't, watch the aliens and predators fighting it out in pitch black battle scenes.

Technically it is well made with all the special effects. But you cannot make out much of what is going on when the camera shakes and most of the frames are dark and gloomy. For most part, the film is boring, pointless and forgettable.

CHITRA MAHESH

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