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Alien vs. Predator

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Produced by Gordon Carroll
John Davis
David Giler
Walter Hill
Written by Screenplay:
Paul W.S. Anderson
Shane Salerno (uncredited)
Story:
Paul W. S. Anderson
Dan O'Bannon
Ronald Shusett
Starring Sanaa Lathan
Lance Henriksen
Raoul Bova
Ewen Bremner
Colin Salmon
Music by Harald Kloser
Cinematography David Johnson
Editing by Alex Berner
Studio Davis Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) August 13, 2004
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million[1]
Gross revenue $172,544,654[1]
Preceded by Alien Resurrection
Predator 2
Followed by Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

Alien vs. Predator, also known as AVP, is a 2004 American science fiction film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson for 20th Century Fox. The film adapts the Alien vs. Predator crossover imprint bringing together the eponymous creatures of the Alien and Predator series, a concept which originated in a 1989 comic book. Anderson, Dan O'Bannon, and Ronald Shusett wrote the story, and Anderson and Shane Salerno adapted the story into a screenplay. Their writing was influenced by Aztec mythology, the comic book series, and the writings of Erich von Däniken.

Set in 2004, the film follows a team of archaeologists assembled by billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen) for an expedition near the Antarctic to investigate a mysterious heat signal. Weyland hopes to claim the find for himself, and his group discovers a pyramid below the surface of a whaling station. Hieroglyphs and sculptures reveal that the pyramid is a hunting ground for Predators who kill Aliens as a rite of passage. The humans are caught in the middle of a battle between the two species and attempt to prevent the Aliens from reaching the surface.

The film was released on August 13, 2004, in North America and received mostly negative reviews from film critics. Some praised the special effects and set designs, while others dismissed the film for its "wooden dialogue" and "cardboard characters". Nevertheless, Alien vs. Predator was a commercial success, grossing over $172 million against its $60 million production budget. The film's success led to a sequel in 2007 titled Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

Contents

Plot

In 2004, a satellite detects a mysterious heat bloom beneath Bouvetøya, an island about one thousand miles north of Antarctica. Wealthy industrialist Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen) assembles a team of scientists to investigate the heat source and claim it for his multinational communications company Weyland Industries. The team includes archaeologists, linguistic experts, drillers, mercenaries, and a guide named Alexa Woods (Sanaa Lathan).

As a Predator ship reaches Earth's orbit, it blasts a shaft through the ice towards the source of the heat bloom. When the humans arrive at the site above the heat source, an abandoned whaling station, they find the shaft and descend beneath the ice. They discover a mysterious pyramid and begin to explore it, finding evidence of a civilization predating written history and what appears to be a sacrificial chamber filled with human skeletons with ruptured rib cages.

Meanwhile, three Predators land and kill the humans on the surface, making their way down to the pyramid and arriving just as the team unwittingly powers up the structure. An Alien queen awakens from cryogenic stasis and begins to produce eggs, from which facehuggers hatch and attach to several humans trapped in the sacrificial chamber. Chestbursters emerge from the humans and quickly grow into adult Aliens. Conflicts erupt between the Predators, Aliens, and humans, resulting in several deaths. Unbeknownst to the others, a Predator is implanted with an Alien embryo.

Through translation of the pyramid's hieroglyphs the explorers learn that the Predators have been visiting Earth for thousands of years. It was they who taught early human civilizations how to build pyramids, and were worshipped as gods. Every 100 years they would visit Earth to take part in a rite of passage in which several humans would sacrifice themselves as hosts for the Aliens, creating the "ultimate prey" for the Predators to hunt. If overwhelmed, the Predators would activate their self-destruct weapons to eliminate the Aliens and themselves. The explorers deduce that this is why the current Predators are at the pyramid, and that the heat bloom was to attract humans for the purpose of making new Aliens to hunt.

The remaining humans decide that the Predators must be allowed to succeed in their hunt so the Aliens do not reach the surface. As the battle continues most of the characters are killed, leaving only Alexa and a single Predator to fight against the Aliens. The two form an alliance and use the Predator’s self-destruct device to destroy the pyramid and the remaining Aliens. Alexa and the Predator reach the surface, where they battle the escaped Alien queen. They defeat the queen by attaching its chain to a water tower and pushing it over a cliff into the water, dragging the queen to the ocean floor. The Predator, however, dies from its wounds.

A Predator ship uncloaks and several Predators appear. They collect their fallen comrade and present Alexa with one of their spear weapons in recognition of her skill as a warrior. As they retreat into space, a chestburster erupts from the dead Predator. It appears to be an Alien/Predator hybrid with the characteristic mandibles of both creatures.

Cast

  • Sanaa Lathan as Alexa Woods, the film's chief protagonist. Alexa is an experienced guide who spent several seasons exploring the Arctic and Antarctic environments. She is hired as the guide for a team of explorers and scientists that is sent by Weyland Industries to explore a pyramid beneath the ice of Bouvetøya.
  • Lance Henriksen as Charles Bishop Weyland, the billionaire head of Weyland Industries. He organizes the exploration and funds the team to investigate the pyramid.
  • Raoul Bova as Sebastian De Rosa, an archaeologist hired to be part of the exploration team. He is able to translate the pyramid's hieroglyphics.
  • Ewen Bremner as Graeme Miller, a member of the exploration team.
  • Colin Salmon as Maxwell Stafford, a member of the exploration team and assistant to Mr. Weyland. He tracks down Alexa and brings her to Antarctica so that Weyland can convince her to join the team.
  • Tommy Flanagan as Mark Verheiden, a mercenary member of the exploration team.
  • Joseph Rye as Joe Connors, a member of the exploration team.
  • Agathe de La Boulaye as Adele Rousseau, a mercenary member of the exploration team.
  • Carsten Norgaard as Rustin Quinn, a mercenary member of the exploration team.
  • Sam Troughton as Thomas Parkes, a member of the exploration team.
  • Ian Whyte as the Predator, one of the film's titular alien species. Three Predators come to Earth in order to create and hunt Aliens within the pyramid as a rite of passage. Whyte played the lead Predator, called "Scar" in the film's credits.
  • Tom Woodruff, Jr. as the Alien, the other titular species of the film. Several Aliens attack the humans and Predators within the pyramid. The Alien played by Woodruff is listed in the film's credits as "Grid," after a grid-like wound received during the film.

Additional members of the exploration team were played by Petr Jákl (Stone), Pavel Bezdek (Bass), Kieran Bew (Klaus), Carsten Voigt (Mikkel), Jan Filipensky (Boris), and Adrian Bouchet (Sven).

Production

Origins

The concept of Alien vs. Predator originated from the Aliens versus Predator comic book in 1989, and was hinted at when an Alien skull appeared in a trophy case aboard the Predator ship in Predator 2.[2] Screenwriter Peter Briggs created the original spec screenplay in 1990–1991, which was based on the first comic series.[2] In 1991, he successfully pitched the concept to 20th Century Fox, who owned the film franchises, although the company did not move forward with the project until 2002. A draft penned by James DeMonaco and Kevin Fox was rejected by producer John Davis, who hoped to give the film an original approach by setting it on Earth.[3]

As there were six producers between the film franchises, Davis had difficulty securing the rights as the producers were worried about a film featuring the two creatures. Paul W.S. Anderson pitched Davis a story he worked on for eight years, and showed him concept art created by Randy Bowen.[4] Impressed with Anderson's idea, Davis thought the story was like Jaws in that it "just drew you in, it drew you in".[5] Anderson started to work on the film after completing the script for Resident Evil: Apocalypse, with Shane Salerno co-writing. Salerno spent six months writing the shooting script, finished its development, and stayed on for revisions throughout the film's production.[6]

Story and setting

Influenced by the work of Erich von Däniken and Aztec mythology, Anderson had the Predators come to Earth in spaceships and teach humans how to build pyramids. As a result they were treated as gods.

Early reports claimed the story was about humans who tried to lure Predators with Alien eggs, although the idea was scrapped.[7] Influenced by the work of Erich von Däniken, Anderson researched von Däniken's theories on how he believed early civilizations were able to construct massive pyramids with the help of aliens, an idea drawn from Aztec mythology.[8] Anderson wove these ideas into Alien vs. Predator, describing a scenario in which Predators taught ancient humans to build pyramids and used Earth for rite of passage rituals every 100 years in which they would hunt Aliens. To explain how these ancient civilizations "disappeared without a trace", Anderson came up with the idea that the Predators, if overwhelmed by the Aliens, would use their self-destruct weapons to kill everything in the area.[8] H. P. Lovecraft's 1931 novella At the Mountains of Madness served as an inspiration for the film, and several elements of the Aliens vs. Predator comic series were included.[4][9] Anderson's initial script called for five Predators to appear in the film, although the number was later reduced to three.[8]

As Alien vs. Predator is a sequel to the Predator films and prequel to the Alien series, Anderson was cautious of contradicting continuity in the franchises. He chose to set the film on the remote Norwegian Antarctic island of Bouvet commenting, "It's definitely the most hostile environment on Earth and probably the closest to an Alien surface you can get."[10] Anderson thought that setting the film in an urban environment like New York City would break continuity with the Alien series as the protagonist, Ellen Ripley, had no knowledge the creatures existed. "You can't have an Alien running around the city now, because it would've been written up and everyone will know about it. So there's nothing in this movie that contradicts anything that already exists."[10]

Casting

Lance Henriksen was the first to be cast in Alien vs. Predator as Anderson wanted to keep continuity with the Alien series.

The first actor to be cast for Alien vs. Predator was Lance Henriksen, who played the character Bishop in Aliens and Alien 3. Although the Alien movies are set 150 years in the future, Anderson wanted to keep continuity with the series by including a familiar actor. Henriksen plays billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland, a character that ties in with the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. According to Anderson, Weyland becomes known for the discovery of the pyramid, and as a result the Weyland-Yutani Corporation models the Bishop android in the Alien films after him; "when the Bishop android is created in 150 years time, it's created with the face of the creator. It's kind of like Microsoft building an android in 100 years time that has the face of Bill Gates."[11]

Anderson opted for a European cast including Italian actor Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner from Scotland, and English actor Colin Salmon. Producer Davis said, "There's a truly international flavor to the cast, and gives the film a lot of character."[12] Several hundred actresses attended the auditions to be cast as the film's heroine Alexa Woods. Sanaa Lathan was selected, and one week later she flew to Prague to begin filming. The filmmakers knew there would be comparisons to Alien heroine Ellen Ripley and did not want a clone of the character, but wanted to make her similar while adding something different.[12]

Anderson reported in an interview that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was willing to reprise his role as Major Alan "Dutch" Schaeffer from Predator in a short cameo appearance if he lost the recall election on condition that the filming should take place at his residence.[13] Schwarzenegger, however, won the election with 48.58% of the votes and was unavailable to participate in Alien vs. Predator. Actress Sigourney Weaver, who starred as Ellen Ripley in the Alien series, said she was happy not to be in the film, as a possible crossover was "the reason I wanted my character to die in the first place", and thought the concept "sounded awful".[14][15]

Filming and set designs

Production began in late 2003 at Barrandov Studios in Prague, Czech Republic, where most of the filming took place. Production designer Richard Bridgland was in charge of sets, props and vehicles, based on early concept art Anderson had created to give a broad direction of how things would look. 25 to 30 life-sized sets were constructed at Barrandov Studios, many of which were interiors of the pyramid. The pyramid's carvings, sculptures, and hieroglyphs were influenced by Egyptian, Cambodian, and Aztec civilizations, while the regular shifting of the pyramid's rooms was meant to evoke a sense of claustrophobia similar to the original Alien film.[16] According to Anderson, if he was to build the sets in Los Angeles they would have cost $20 million. However, in Prague they cost $2 million, an important factor when the film's budget was less than $50 million.[4]

Third scale miniatures several meters in height were created to give the film the effect of realism, rather than relying on computer generated imagery (CGI). For the whaling station miniatures and life-sized sets, over 700 bags of artificial snow were used (roughly 15–20 tons).[5] A 4.5-meter miniature of an icebreaker with working lights and a mechanical moving radar was created, costing almost $37,000 and taking 10 weeks to create. Visual effects producer Arthur Windus, claimed miniatures were beneficial in the filming process: "With computer graphics, you need to spend a lot of time making it real. With a miniature, you shoot it and its there."[17] A 25-meter miniature of the whaling station was created in several months. It was designed so the model could be collapsed and then reconstructed, which proved beneficial for a six-second shot which required a re-shoot.[17]

Effects and creatures

A hydraulic Alien was used to film six scenes as it was faster than a man in a suit. The puppet required six people to operate it.

Special effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (ADI) was hired for the movie, having previously worked on Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. Visual special effects producers Arthur Windus and John Bruno were in charge of the project, which contained 400 effects shots.[17] ADI founders Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., and members of their company, began designing costumes, miniatures and effects in June 2003. For five months the creatures were redesigned, the Predators wrist blades being extended roughly four times longer than those in the Predator films, and a larger mechanical plasma caster was created for the Scar Predator.[5]

The basic shape of the Predator mask was kept, although technical details were added and each Predator was given a unique mask to distinguish them from each other. These masks were created using clay, which was used to form molds to create fiberglass copies. These copies were painted to give a weathered look, which Woodruff claims "is what the Predator is all about".[5] A hydraulic Alien puppet was created so ADI would be able to make movements faster and give the Alien a "slimline and skeletal" appearance, rather than using an actor in a suit. The puppet required six people to run it; three for the head and body, two for the arms, and a sixth to make sure the signals were reaching the computer. Movements were recorded in the computer so that puppeteers would be able to repeat moves that Anderson liked. The puppet was used in six shots, including the fight scene with the Predator which took one month to film.[5]

The crew tried to keep CGI use to a minimum, as Anderson said people in suits and puppets are scarier than CGI monsters as they are "there in the frame".[5] Roughly 70% of scenes were created using suits, puppets, and miniatures. The Alien queen was filmed using three variations: a 4.8-meter practical version, a 1.2-meter puppet, and a computer-generated version. The practical version required 12 puppeteers to operate,[4] and CGI tails were added to the Aliens and the queen as they were difficult to animate using puppetry.[12][18] Anderson praised Alien director Ridley Scott's and Predator director John McTiernan's abilities at building suspense by not showing the creatures until late in the film, something Anderson wanted to accomplish with Alien vs. Predator. "Yes, we make you wait 45 minutes, but once it goes off, from there until the end of the movie, it's fucking relentless".[19]

Music

Austrian composer Harald Kloser was hired to create the film's score. After completing the score for The Day After Tomorrow, Kloser was chosen by Anderson as he is a fan of the franchises.[20] It was recorded in London, and was primarily orchestral as Anderson commented, "this is a terrifying movie and it needs a terrifying, classic movie score to go with it; at the same time it's got huge action so it needs that kind of proper orchestral support."[20]

The score was released on August 31, 2004, and received mixed reviews. James Christopher Monger of Allmusic thought Kloser introduced electronic elements well, and called "Alien vs. Predator Main Theme a particularly striking and serves as a continuous creative source for the composer to dip his baton in."[21] Mike Brennan of Soundtrack, however, said it "lacks the ingenuity of the previous trilogy and the Predator scores, which all shared a strong sense of rhythm in place of thematic content. Kloser throws in some interesting percussion cues ("Antarctica" and "Down the Tunnel"), but more as a sound effect than a consistent motif."[22] John Fallon of JoBlo.com compared it to character development in the film, "too generic to completely engage or leave a permanent impression."[23]

Reception

Box office

Alien vs. Predator was released in North America on August 13, 2004, in 3,395 theaters. The film grossed $38.2 million over its opening weekend for an average of $11,278 per theater, and was number one at the box office. The film spent 16 weeks in cinemas and made $80,281,096 in North America.[24] It grossed $9 million in the United Kingdom, $16 million in Japan, and $8 million in Germany, for an international total of $92,262,423. This brought the film's total gross to $172,543,519, making it the highest grossing film in the Predator and Alien franchises (excluding the effect of inflation), although Aliens earned more in the domestic box office. Alien vs. Predator was the 33rd highest grossing film of 2004.[25]

Reviews

Critics were not allowed to view the film in advance, and once they did the response was generally negative.[26] Based on 132 reviews, the film scored a 22% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and 29 out of 100 based on 21 reviews on Metacritic.[27][28] Chief criticisms of the film included its dialogue, "cardboard characters", PG-13 rating, the "fast-paced editing" during fight sequences, and lighting. However, special effects and set designs received praise.[27][28]

Rick Kisonak of Film Threat praised the film stating, "For a big dumb production about a movie monster smackdown, Alien vs. Predator is a surprisingly good time".[29] Ian Grey of the Orlando Weekly felt, "Anderson clearly relished making this wonderful, utterly silly film; his heart shows in every drip of slime."[29] Staci Layne Wilson of Horror.com called it "a pretty movie to look at with its grandiose sets and top notch creature FX, but it's a lot like Anderson's previous works in that it's all facade and no foundation."[28]

However, with the majority of critics awarding the film a negative review, Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune commented it was full of "monster movie clichés that leave you praying for most of the cast to get killed off fast, to put them (and us) out of our misery."[27] Jack Mathews of New York Daily News panned the movie, stating that "Writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson has created the darkest, if not worst, sci-fi movie since Battlefield Earth."[28] Gary Dowell of Dallas Morning News called the film, "a transparent attempt to jumpstart two run-down franchises".[29] Ed Halter of The Village Voice described the film's lighting for fight sequences as, "black-on-black-in-blackness",[30] while Ty Burr of The Boston Globe felt the lighting "left the audience in the dark".[31] The film received a Golden Raspberry Award nomination 2005 in the category of "Worst Remake or Sequel".[32]

Alien 5 and sequel

Before 20th Century Fox gave Alien vs. Predator the greenlight, Aliens writer/director James Cameron had been working on a story for a fifth Alien film. Alien director Ridley Scott had talked with Cameron, stating "I think it would be a lot of fun, but the most important thing is to get the story right."[33] In a 2002 interview, Scott's concept for a story was "to go back to where the alien creatures were first found and explain how they were created", however he has not shown interest in pursuing the project.[33] On learning that Fox intended to pursue Alien vs. Predator, Cameron believed the film would "kill the validity of the franchise" and ceased work on his story, "To me, that was Frankenstein Meets Werewolf. It was Universal just taking their assets and starting to play them off against each other...Milking it."[34] After viewing Alien vs. Predator, however, Cameron remarked that "it was actually pretty good. I think of the five Alien films, I'd rate it third. I actually liked it. I actually liked it a lot."[34]

A sequel, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, was released on December 25, 2007.[35] Directed by brothers Greg and Colin Strause, the story continues from the conclusion of Alien vs. Predator.[36]

Home media releases

Alien vs. Predator was released on DVD in North America on January 25, 2005.[37] The DVD contained two audio commentaries. The first featured Paul W.S. Anderson, Lance Henriksen, and Sanaa Lathan, while the second included special effects supervisor John Bruno and ADI founders Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff. A 25-minute "Making of" featurette and a Dark Horse AVP comic cover galley were included in the special features along with three deleted scenes from the film. On release, Alien vs. Predator debuted at number 1 on the Top DVD Sales and Top Video Rental charts in North America.[38][39]

A two-disc "Extreme Edition" was released on March 7, 2005, featuring behind the scenes footage of the conception, pre-production, production, post-production, and licensing of the film. An "Unrated Edition" was released on November 22, 2005, containing the same special features as the Extreme Edition as well as an extra eight minutes of footage in the film. John J. Puccio of DVD Town remarked that the extra footage contained "a few more shots of blood, gore, guts, and slime to spice things up...and tiny bits of connecting matter to help us follow the story line better, but none of it amounts to much."[40] The film was released on Blu-ray Disc in North America on January 23, 2007.

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Alien vs. Predator is a 2004 film about a human research team trapped in a pyramid built by a prehistoric Antarctic civilization in the midst of a battle between two alien races.

Directed and written by Paul W.S. Anderson.
Whoever wins... We lose (taglines)

Contents

Alexa 'Lex' Woods

  • [to an Alien] You are one ugly mother...
  • [while exploring the abandoned whaling station, Miller is startled by a penguin] Careful. They bite.
  • [Scar shows Alexa that he is activating the bomb in his wrist panel] It's a bomb. Well, I hope it kills every fucking one of them!

Sebastian de Rosa

  • This whole thing was a trap.

Charles Bishop Weyland

  • [to the Predator] Don't turn your back on me!
  • [shows a 3D image of the pyramid] My experts tell me this is a pyramid.

Other

  • [First lines] Technician: Hey. Hey, hey, come here, take a look at this.
  • Mark Verheiden: [to the Alien] You ugly son of a bitch!

Dialogue

Sebastian de Rosa: The animals being hunted don't arm the hunters!
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: They're not hunting us. We're in the middle of a war. It's time to pick a side.
Sebastian de Rosa: We are on our side!
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: We have to consider the possibility that we might not make it out of here.

Alexa 'Lex' Woods: I'm not going to leave you to die down here!
Charles Bishop Weyland: You didn't.

Alexa 'Lex' Woods: [Lex discovers Weyland with his respirator] There's no room for sick men on this expedition.
Charles Bishop Weyland: My doctors tell me the worst is behind me.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: You're not a very good liar, Mr. Weyland. Stay on the ship. We'll update you at the top of every hour.
Charles Bishop Weyland: You know, when you get sick, you think about your life and how you're going to be remembered. You know what I realized would happen when I go? A ten percent fall in share prices. Maybe twelve. And that's it.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: I've heard this speech before. My dad broke his leg seven hundred feet from the summit of Mount Ranier. He was like you. He wouldn't go back or let us stop. We reached the top and he opened a bottle of champagne... Had my first drink with my dad at 14,400 feet. On the way down, he developed a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung. He suffered for four hours before dying twenty minutes from the base.
Charles Bishop Weyland: You think that's the last thing your dad remembers? The pain? Or drinking champagne with his daughter fourteen thousand feet in the air? [pause] I need this.

Adele Rousseau: What did you say this room was called?
Thomas Parks: Sacrificial chamber.

[the team finds the Predators' shoulder cannons]

Graeme Miller: Any idea what these are?
Sebastian de Rosa: No, you?
Graeme Miller: No.
Maxwell Stafford: It's a good thing we brought the experts.
Graeme Miller: Well, yeah, it is a good thing, cos' this is like finding Moses' DVD collection.

Alexa 'Lex' Woods: Everybody, listen up! Gather round.
Sebastian de Rosa: I told you she'd stay.
Graeme Miller: [towards Sebastian] Told you she'd stay. She can't resist my animal magnetism.

Mark Verheiden: Laugh it up, Miller. Laugh it up.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: Gentlemen? It is my job to keep you alive on this expedition, and I need your help to do that. Since I don't have the time to properly train you, I'm laying down three simple rules. One. No one goes anywhere alone, ever. Two. Everyone must maintain constant communication. Three. Unexpected things are gonna happen. When they do, no one tries to be a hero. Understood? [towards Verheiden] Understood?
Mark Verheiden: Yes, ma'am.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: Good.

Alexa 'Lex' Woods: [Rousseau is loading a pistol] Seven seasons on the ice, and I've never seen a gun save someone's life.
Adele Rousseau: I don't plan on using it.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: Then why bring it?
Adele Rousseau: Same principle as a condom. I'd rather have one and not need it, then need it and not have one.

Jack the helicopter pilot: [flying over the ocean towards Antarctica] Just past the P.S.R.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: Thanks, Jack!
Graeme Miller: Oh, damn! I wish I got a picture.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: Of what?
Graeme Miller: Uh, the P.S.R. I wish he'd call it out before we passed it.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: [laughing] The P.S.R. is the "point of safe return". It means we've used up half our fuel so we can't turn back.
Graeme Miller: Right, but if something went wrong, we could uh... land presumably.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: We could ditch.
Graeme Miller: Yeah, ditch.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: But the temperature of the water would kill us in three minutes.

Mark Verheiden: [Pyramid has reconfigured and Verheiden and Miller are cut off from the rest] We're never getting out of this place.
Graeme Miller: You got any children?
Mark Verheiden: A son.
Graeme Miller: Yeah, I've got two. That means we do not have the luxury of quitting. We're gonna make it out of here. We're surviving this if I have to carry you the whole way.

Alexa 'Lex' Woods: What's with the bottle cap?
Sebastian de Rosa: What?
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: What's with the bottle cap?
Sebastian de Rosa: Oh. This is a valuable archaeological find.

Sebastian de Rosa: When I was a kid growing up in Italy, you know what they call a moon that big? [in Italian] La luna del cacciatore.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: [repeats] La luna del cacciatore.
Sebastian de Rosa: [in Italian] Brava!
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: What's that?
Sebastian de Rosa: Hunter's moon.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: Hunter's moon. [they start laughing]

Alexa 'Lex' Woods: We're gonna round up the rest of the team and get to the surface. Let's move! [Stafford and Verheiden open their cases and pull out machine guns] What are you doing?
Maxwell Stafford: My job. Yours is over.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: My job is over when everyone is back on the boat safely. And that gun doesn't change anything.

Alexa 'Lex' Woods: How do you say "scared shitless" in Italian?
Sebastian de Rosa: Non vedo l'ora di uscire da questo piramide con te, perché mi sto cagando adosso. More or less.

Sebastian de Rosa: The enemy of my enemy... is my friend.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: [pyramid starts to reconfigure] Let's go find our friend.

Adele Rousseau: What happened here?
Thomas Parks: [Nodding head] It's common in ritual sacrifice to take the heart of the victim.
Adele Rousseau: That's nice.
Thomas Parks: [nods head knowingly]
Adele Rousseau: But that's not where your heart is. Besides it looks like the bones were bent straight out.
Thomas Parks: [Glances up questioningly & stares at Rousseau]
Adele Rousseau: Something broke out of this body.

Alexa 'Lex' Woods: Where exactly on the ice is this?
Charles Bishop Weyland: Bouvetøya Island. But it's not on the ice. It's 2,000 feet below it.

Sebastian de Rosa: I think this is a manhood ritual. The humanoid ones, they've been sent here to prove that they're worthy to become adults.
Alexa 'Lex' Woods: You're saying, they're, what, teenagers?

Taglines

  • Whoever wins... We lose
  • It's our planet... It's their war
  • The enemy of my enemy... is my friend

Cast

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