Film Analysis: Alien Vs. Predator

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Alien vs. Predator: Mankind in the Middle
We all want to know how mankind developed into the complex system of cultures that we have today. One theory is that our development was directly influenced by beings from out of this world. In this paper, I will be looking at the way assimilation, rites of passage and diffusion directly affect human culture. Specifically, how the Predator culture used each of these to influence sects of human culture. In the movie Alien vs. Predator we get a glimpse of what that may have looked like as we see the aftermath of the Predators thousand year old organization of tribal man into a civilization that worshiped them as gods. This movie shows how the Predator culture forced assimilation on mankind, making their
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Among the crew chosen by Charles Wayland, owner of the Wayland Corporation, to investigate what appears to be a pyramid buried in the ice are Environmentalist and expert climber, Alexa Woods and archeologist, Sebastian de Rosa. Once seeing and entering the pyramid Sebastian starts putting the pieces together and uncovers the story of forced assimilation and growth of culture circling around the Predators as gods. The Predators came to Earth thousands of years ago when the Antarctic was a livable, vibrant place and brought together tribes of human beings to serve and offer themselves as sacrifices for their own needs. Through assimilation; in this case the replacement of tribal culture, the Predators taught mankind how to build, how to speak their language, and how to worship them as gods. They gave humans specific symbols and requirements to meet for their needs and rite of passage. Sebastian tells us that the languages etched on the walls of the pyramid are reflections of Egyptian, Cambodian and Aztec symbols. The pyramid itself has architectural aspects of each culture in its design. Once the Predators lost one of their hunts and destroyed the foot hold that they had on the Earth these people would have spread out far and wide maintaining aspects of the culture that they had learned from their gods. …show more content…
When the Predator found Alexa he was going to kill her to take back his weapon and finish the job of destroying the Aliens but after witnessing her kill an Alien without help and seeing her stand her own ground against himself he decided that they also needed to work together. In this process you see some diffusion; of culture from the Predator to Alexa. She adapts aspects of his hunter like culture to stay alive. He makes her weapons from the body of the Alien that she killed and makes solid attempts to communicate with her. His idea? Demolish the pyramid with a very large bomb, making sure all of the Aliens would be buried alive 2000 feet under the ice. Her response, “I hope it kills every fucking one of them.” After successfully reaching the surface the Predator gave her the mark that he was preforming the rite of passage to obtain himself, by doing so he incorporated her into the elite of his kind with one small gesture. At this point the Queen Alien burst from the ice and was killed by Alexa and the Predator working together. In the altercation the Predator was mortally wounded and died at Alexa’s feet. Even though he had killed her fellow explorers she still mourned his loss and stayed with him. The Predator people appeared out of thin air thanks to their extremely advanced

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