Posted August 13 2004 - 08:01 AM
| I mean, the Alien movies, especially the first two, were big hits, and have become absolute mainstream movie classics. |
the first two? Try only
the first two. I don't know many people who like part 3 or 4, let alone consider them classics.
| The Predator movies on the other hand... well the first one is normally referred to as being good "for being an Arnold movie" and the second one is normally trashed by everyone, even fans of the first one (I happen to like the second one though). It seems that the general public couldn't care less about a Predator movie, while new Aliens movie would have been a much safer bet. |
I think the first Predator movie is a highly respected action movie that has not lost its appeal since its release. The special effects still look good, the characters are still cool (unlike the protagonists in many 80's movies), the action sequences have held up very well. I think that it terms of presenting us with a group of hardened warriors and having them gradually killed off by a superior opponent, it does a better job of making us like the characters and making them more believable than Aliens.
Predator 2 isn't great, but I think it's underrated. It's no worse than the last two Alien movies. And unlike the Alien franchise, the Predator franchise has a lot of unexplored territory. The Alien franchise had its protagonist die in part 3 only to be brought back in part 4. The two heroes of the Predator movies are alive at the end. In the Alien franchise we've seen about 5,000 aliens, including two or three queen aliens, an alien/human hybrid, a alien/dog hybrid, and about a dozen other varieties that look pretty similar and get killed by the bushel like the rest. We've seen so many varieties of aliens that they're not interesting anymore. I wouldn't even want to see their home world. Is there really going to be anything there we haven't seen a million times before? The Predators are at least still somewhat mysterious and interesting. They go beyond being just violent and disgusting like the aliens are, but have their own technology and culture.
I admit the a new Alien movie is a safer bet than a new predator movie in terms of the box office, but that's just because the public is more aware of the Alien franchise and the last Alien movie came out only a few years ago. But I would much rather see a new Predator movie, directed by a capable action director such as John McTiernan (I know, he's had a lot of duds, but Die Hard with a Vengeance shows he can revamp a franchise). The overwhelming criticism that AVP is being met with makes that unlikely though.