Originally Posted by GoCaboNow
This is well said although I am very happy to have the AVP movies (and alien 3 and 4) in my home collection.
I think the whole series other than maybe AvP 2 was, if not great, at least mindlessly entertaining. Alien 3 and 4 get a lot of negative feedback, but its my opinion that's mostly to do with them following right after Aliens which is pretty much your stereotypical Cameron blockbuster. I'm not a big fan of Cameron (I'm not the biggest fan of The Abyss, T2, Titanic, or even Avatar really), but I have to admit that his style really appeals to huge audiences, and he's great at making things bigger than life. You don't even have to be a sci-fi fan to really appreciate Aliens, you could like war films or suspense films, or whatever, and still like Aliens. Alien 3 and 4 are poor sequels to Aliens, but I think they're perfectly fine as direct sequels to Alien. They're not as good as Alien, not as refined or detailed, but all things considered they're really superb sci-fi films, especially if you take them as stand alones.
As far as AvP is concerned, I think it was pretty much doomed to failure. It was a film for the fans who desperately followed the concept from Predator 2 through to the comics, but how could it possibly live up to the hype? Obviously it failed for a number of reasons that don't have anything to do with hype, but if you turn your mind off for a couple hours and just enjoy it as a big dumb sci-fi film with familiar baddies, then I don't know... I think its very watchable. I can't say its what I wanted, or that I thought it was a particularly good film even, but I enjoyed it.
AvP2 on the other hand... I don't know. It probably doesn't say much that, for the life of me, I can barely remember a single detail about that film. I sort of remember it taking place in some town or something...? Meh, probably good I've forgotten.