Alien Vs. Predator (AVP) was written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Rumor has it that Anderson stepped down from directing the sequels to Mortal Combat and Resident Evil just so he could do AVP, a movie he's wanted to do for many years.
Anyway, the story opens with a Weyland Industries satellite in orbit. The satellite reports an odd heat signature near Antarctica. Very quickly we see a team being gathered by Weyland Industries representative Maxwell Stafford. The team includes rock climber and environmentalist Alexa Woods (Sanaa Lathan) and archeologist Sebastian de Rosa (Raoul Bova), among others.
All are brought to a Weyland Industries ice-cutter on its way to an island near Antarctica. Here the group is briefed by Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henrickson). The satellite photos show a huge pyramid buried beneath 2000 feet of glacier. Why the pyramid has suddenly become hot is unknown but Weyland is convinced this is a critically important discovery and he wants to be the first one there.
All this happens very fast. We just get a quick intro to the characters and a minimal amount of exposition before the group arrives at the island and sets up their equipment in an abandoned whaling station. Their plan was to drill a tunnel down to the pyramid but that turns out not to be necessary. They discover that something has blasted a perfect tunnel already.
The movie doesn't leave us in suspense about what's going to happen. We see the Predator ship approaching Earth and dropping off a few passengers and we also see a certain vat deep inside the pyramid being warmed up.
Nonetheless, I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars.