Alien [1979]

In delivering PG-13-rated excitement, Alien vs. Predator is an acceptably average science-fiction action thriller with some noteworthy highlights, even if it squanders its opportunity to intelligently combine two popular and R-rated franchises. Rabid fans can justifiably ask "Is that all there is?" after a decade of development hell and eager anticipation, but we're compensated by reasonably logical connections to the Alien legacy and the still-kicking Predator franchise (which hinted at AVP rivalry at the end of Predator 2); some cleverly claustrophobic sets, tense atmosphere and impressive digital effects; and a climactic AVP smackdown that's not half bad. This disposable junk should've been better, but nobody who's seen Mortal Kombat or Resident Evil should be surprised by writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson's lack of imagination. As a brisk, 90-minute exercise in generic thrills, however, Anderson's work is occasionally impressive... right up to his shameless opening for yet another sequel. --Jeff Shannon

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Ripley:
That's amazing. What is it?

Ash:
Uh, yes, it is. Umm. I don't know yet. Did you want something?

Ripley:
Yes, I, uh. Have a little talk. How's, uh, how's Kane?

Ash:
He's holding, no changes.

Ripley:
And, uh, our guest?

Ash:
Umm.

Ripley:
Hmm?

Ash:
Well, as I said, I'm still... collating, actually, but uh, I have confirmed that he's got an outer layer of protein polysaccharides. Has a funny habit of shedding his cells and replacing them with polarized silicon, which gives him a prolonged resistance to adverse environmental conditions. Is that enough?

Ripley:
That's plenty. What does it mean?

Ash:
Please don't do that. Thank you.

Ripley:
I'm sorry.

Ash:
Well, it's an interesting combination of elements making him... a tough little son-of-a-bitch.

Ripley:
And you let him in.

Ash:
I was obeying a direct order. Remember?

Ripley:
Ash. When Dallas and Kane are off the ship, I'm Senior Officer.

Ash:
Oh, yes, I forgot.

Ripley:
You also forgot the Science Division's basic quarantine law.

Ash:
No, that I didn't forget.

Ripley:
Oh, I see, you just broke it. Hmm?

Ash:
Look. What would you have done with Kane, hmm? You know his only chance of survival was to get him in here.

Ripley:
Unfortunately, by, uh, breaking quarantine, you risk everybody's life.

Ash:
Maybe I should have left him outside. Maybe I've jeopardized the rest of us, but it was a risk I was willing to take.

Ripley:
That's a pretty big risk for a Science Officer. It's, uh, not exactly out of the manual, is it?

Ash:
I do take my responsibilities as seriously as you, you know. You do your job and let me do mine, yes?

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