The Warrior, also known as the Soldier, is the primary assault caste of the Xenomorph XX121 species and as such is almost certainly the most numerous caste of Xenomorph in existence. They are fast, reasonably tough, and savage combatants. Even in death the Warrior is dangerous, as its pressurized bloodstream will cause it to burst apart, drenching nearby enemies in acid blood. Warriors are identified by their ridged heads, and stand around 7–8 feet tall on their hind legs. They are about 14–16 feet long, including their tail.
Warriors first appeared in Aliens, but were actually the result of a last-minute design change made by director James Cameron; the original smooth Drone headpiece was considered too fragile to stand up to the rigors of filming and so it was removed, revealing the ridged structure beneath.
Alien vs. Predator, also known as AVP: Alien vs. Predator and often shortened to AVP, is a 2004 science fiction film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen, Ewen Bremner, Colin Salmon and Tommy Flanagan. It is based on the crossover Alien vs. Predator franchise, a concept which originated in a 1989 comic book, although the film features an original story written by Anderson, Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett. The screenplay, by Anderson and Shane Salerno, was influenced by Aztec mythology, the comic book series, and the writings of Erich von Däniken.
Set in 2004, Alien vs. Predator follows a group of paleontologists, archaeologists and others assembled by billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland for an expedition to a remote island off Antarctica, after a mysterious heat signal is discovered under the ice. Weyland and the group discover a pyramid buried beneath the ice cap and hope to claim the important find for themselves. However, the structure is revealed to be an ancient hunting ground where Predators stalk and kill Aliens as a rite of passage, and the humans become caught in the middle of a battle between the two species.
Released on August 13, 2004 in North America, Alien vs. Predator received mixed to negative reviews from film critics, scoring a 22% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and 29 on Metacritic. Some critics praised the special effects and set designs, while others dismissed the film for its "wooden dialogue", and "cardboard characters". Despite its poor reviews, Alien vs. Predator was more commercially successful than any of the preceding films in the Alien and Predator franchises, grossing a total of $171 million. The film's financial success led to a sequel, titled Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). The film, along with its sequel, has been widely condemned by many fans of the franchise.
In 2004, a satellite detects a mysterious heat bloom beneath Bouvetøya, an island about one thousand miles north of Antarctica. In response, billionaire industrialist Charles Bishop Weyland assembles a team of scientists to investigate the heat source and claim any related discoveries for his multinational communications company Weyland Industries. The expedition includes palaeontologists, archaeologists, linguistic experts, drillers and a female guide named Alexa "Lex" Woods, with security provided by Max Stafford and his team of mercenaries.
As the team travels to Bouvetøya, a Predator ship enters Earth's orbit and fires an energy beam towards the source of the heat bloom. When the Weyland Industries expedition arrives at the site above the heat source, an abandoned whaling station, they find a hole bored deep into the ice by the energy beam, and they descend to investigate. On the bedrock deep below, they discover a mysterious pyramid and begin to explore it, finding evidence of a civilization pre-dating written history and what appears to be a sacrificial chamber filled with human skeletons with ruptured rib cages. As they explore, they unwittingly activate the power source for the structure, awakening an imprisoned Alien Queen frozen deep within the pyramid.
Meanwhile, three Young Blood Predators land on the surface and kill the humans there, before making their way down to the pyramid. Several Eggs laid by the Queen are automatically delivered to the sacrificial chamber, and several members of the human expedition still exploring there are impregnated by Facehuggers. The Chestbursters that emerge from them quickly grow into adult Aliens. Oblivious to these events, the rest of the Weyland Industries team push on with their exploration, eventually discovering the Predators' Plasmacasters in a sarcophagus inside the pyramid. Recognizing them as incredibly advanced, possibly alien technology, they take them for study, but in doing so they activate a mechanism that causes the pyramid to rearrange its interior every ten minutes.
The group is soon ambushed by the Predators and most of the humans are killed, including Stafford and his mercenaries, while several others are taken by the Aliens to be hosts for more of the creatures. The alpha Alien, known as Grid, ambushes and kills the first Predator, Chopper. The lead Predator, Celtic, then engages Grid in a brutal fight. At first, Celtic appears to have the upper hand, but he grows over-confident and is eventually killed by Grid. Scar, now the last remaining Predator, pursues the human survivors with the aim of recovering the Plasmacasters they have stolen. Weyland himself is killed when he attacks Scar, but the two remaining survivors, Lex and an archaeologist named Sebastian, are separated from the Predator by the pyramid's shifting walls. As he waits for a chance to pursue, an Alien and a lone Facehugger sneak up on Scar and try to subdue him. Scar kills both of them with his Shuriken, then ritualistically marks himself with their acidic blood. Before he can put his mask back on after marking himself, a second Facehugger sneaks up on Scar and apparently subdues him.
Through translation of the pyramid's hieroglyphics, Sebastian and Lex learn that the Predators have in fact been visiting Earth for thousands of years. It was they who taught early human civilizations how to build pyramids, and were in turn worshipped as gods. Every 100 years the Predators would return to Earth so that they could hunt Aliens, the "ultimate prey", bred from sacrificial human hosts. If the Predators became overwhelmed, they would activate their Self-Destruct Device to eliminate the Aliens and themselves, thereby explaining the mysterious and rapid disappearance of several ancient cultures. Sebastian and Lex deduce that this is why the current Predators have come to the pyramid, and that the purpose of the heat bloom was a trap to attract humans to play host for the Aliens. They decide that the Predators must be allowed to succeed in their Hunt, so that the Aliens will be prevented from reaching the surface. However, Sebastian is taken by the Aliens, leaving Lex alone.
Scar, having apparently survived the earlier Facehugger ambush, eventually finds Lex and reclaims his Plasmacaster, but rather than killing her the two form something of an uneasy alliance after Lex impresses the Predator by killing an Alien. They make their way into the Alien Hive and deploy Scar's Self-Destruct Device to destroy the remaining Aliens and the eggs, successfully escaping and reaching the surface just before the explosion destroys the site. They are suddenly attacked by the Alien Queen, which has also escaped the pyramid. After a fierce battle, Lex and Scar defeat the Queen by chaining her to a water tower and dropping it over a cliff into the Antarctic Ocean, dragging the Queen to the ocean floor, where she either drowns or freezes to death. In the process, however, the Queen impales Scar through the torso with her tail, and the Predator succumbs to his wounds.
Lex is shocked when a Predator ship decloaks and several Predators appear from within. They solemnly collect their fallen comrade and the Clan Leader presents Lex with a Combistick in recognition of her skill as a warrior. The Predators depart peacefully, leaving Lex to her fate, but as they fly off into space a Predalien Chestburster erupts from Scar's corpse.
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