Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

"If you walk amidst the burning flames, you shall not be harmed. If you stand before the power of hell and death is at your side, know that I am with you, through it all. Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come follow me,and I shall give you rest."

- Be Not Afraid (Catholic Hymn by Bob Dufford, S.J.)

In a quiet Colorado town, "Aliens" and "Predators" have crash landed, and the humans are once again caught in the middle of their fight.

This is the basic premise of the film, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, the sequel to the first Alien vs. Predator movie, which itself is a symphony of two successful alien-monster franchises from the past thirty years.

ven though both are extraterrestial, the "Aliens" (as they are called) are a parasitic, insect-like species whose only purpose is to procreate and eat, whereas the "Predators" are a humanoid hunter species who simply enjoy the game of the hunt (and the "Aliens" are their favorite sport). They crash land on earth by accident, but the "Aliens" have no problem making Colorado their new home.

Caught in the middle is the human race.

We didn't start the fight, but we are definitely in the mix.

In fact, the devastation is so severe that the townspeople in Colorado are being eliminated one by one until there are barely any survivors. For the few that make it half-way through the movie alive, their only concern is survival.

In our world (our real world, that is), we aren't being picked off by "Aliens" or "Predators." But often, we find ourselves surrounded by chaos we didn't even start. So often, on Election Day, I hear people say they won't vote because they didn't have any say in picking the candidates; I also hear from young adults who say that they want to quit their jobs because the corporate corruption or the negative culture overwhelms them. Today we live in a war-torn world in a battle the everyday Americans like you and me didn't start, and it leads us to throw up our hands and give up. Nothing you and I can do will make a bit of difference, right?

Those few humans in Aliens vs. Predator could have also given up - they were surrounded by enemies on every side and all looked hopeless. Their story is an example for us.

I am reminded of a familiar Catholic hymn, Be Not Afraid, when I think of this movie. In the song, God encourages us to rely on Him, and when we do, we can make it through anything, and we can even come out victorious. In this film, the few brave humans let go of their fears and worked together to overcome the impossible.

We don't have to worry about "Aliens" and "Predators," but God calls you and me to never think anything is too big for us, and to never disengage ourselves from the world, even if we didn't have a hand in causing the world's troubles. Like the surviving humans in this story, we need to stick together with good people who share our vision, and trust that God will be with us through the worst of times.

That is God's promise to us: "Be not afraid. I go before you always."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Be Not Afraid" is a favorite song of mine. I often will listen to the lyrics, and it brings me comfort, knowing that God will never let go. It can be very hard at times, when life seems to be spiraling downward to keep that hope, but I know God is watching over me. Just a thought to pass on.