Fear is Reborn
A mercenary named Royce reluctantly leads a motley crew of warriors who soon come to realize they've been captured and deposited on an alien planet by an unknown nemesis. With the exception of a peculiar physician, they are all cold-blooded killers, convicts, death squad members...hunters who have now become the hunted.
Alright, let's get this out of the way first - this film does not even come close to the sheer amounts of awesomeness that the first film contained.
However...that does not mean that this is a bad movie at all; it's actually pretty good. The action scenes are still about 80% better than most films, the new Predator designs actually look quite good, but mainly you've got one of the most awesome group of characters ever. I mean, there's a sharp-suited Yakuza enforcer with a katana, a minigun-wielding Russian special forces member, Danny 'May Haunt Nightmares' Trejo, an psychopathic prisoner and...Adrien Brody. Yeah, I was surprised too.
This felt a bit like the equivalent of a fanboy rant, shouting how much they love what they're paying homage to all the time, forgetting what they should be doing, namely making their own film.
It's not that this is a bad film at all, it just feels like it's trying too hard. The entire film had this feel of ' look how much attention we paid to the original first film, fellow Predator geeks!' which kept distracting me from the decent film that was unfolding in front of my eyes.
I liked some of the set pieces and there were some riveting action sequences, but nothing that really landed. This I blame…
Missing far too many opportunities to be a better film than it is, "Predators" is a big, dumb, loud, yet highly enjoyable science fiction, action epic. An ark story that casts a disparate band of characters against a classic alien foe, the premise is interesting and the film is exciting and watchable fun. Adrien Brody as the alpha-hero is inspired casting and a nicely unhinged Laurence Fishburne steals the show. In the final analysis, however, "Predators" give its audience a little too much of what it has already seen, for better or for worse.
Adrien Brody is actually pretty badass in this. Who knew?
Instead of hunting mankind on Earth, the predators now 'transport' professional soldiers/mercenaries/hitmen/enforcers etc to an alien planet and use them for hunting practices.
Predators aims to do homage to Predator whilst at the same time aim to present the audience with new twists.
Adrian Brody does surprisingly well as the leader of this rag tag gang, and Laurence Fishburne performs his version of Gollum as the lone survivor from previous groups.
Predators succeeds in kick starting the predator franchise back to life and has quite a few memorable scenes.
Whereas Predator had the iconic scene of Poncho taking on a Predator with a enormous machete, Predators has a yakuza enforcer taking on a predator with a katana.
All in all this movie fulfills its goal, as for me, it does honor the original quite well
Mindless fun, I had a good time watching this, probably will forget about it in a week or so.
This is surprisingly excellent, the sequel to "Predator" that should have happened years ago. Coming late as it did it feels a bit superfluous, but the execution is first rate across the board. More of a remake than a sequel perhaps, it hits all the right notes and expands the Predator universe while echoing the original in a manner similar to Cameron's "Alien" sequel. Nothing about this feels cheap or half-assed.
Top marks for Adrian Brody as an action hero (though I could have done without his Dirty Harry voice).
"Average, Fairly Entertaining Sci-Fi Action: The Movie"
I think that pretty much sums it up. It was a fun enough way to spend an evening watching Adrian Brody trying out his best Christian Bale voice, and the Predators are still pretty cool (although were their heads always this massive? They look like bobbleheads.) but is totally lacking anything resembling character development and is ultimately utterly forgettable. Disappointing compared to the original, but taken by itself it's an entertaining way to waste an hour and 45 minutes.
I never would have expected Arien Brody to be taking on an Arnold Schwarzenegger role. The tough, gruff mercenary. And there is a bunch of side characters that are only there to die.
The action is good, the whole film feels like a homage to the original, what with it being set in a jungle and everything.
I was hoping Danny Trejo would have a bigger role, but I guess I have to make do with Topher Grace instead...because they're pretty much the same.
Brody's nose distracted me for about 80% of the movie.
Honours the original, expands the universe, apart from a poorly executed middle act this is an accomplished sequel.
This review is a bit tangential but it angers me that the trailer for PREDATORS outright lied to me about the film I was going to see. That euphoric movie-magic moment when all the laser sights congregate on Brody? It never happens (and I don't mean because it was cut). It's sad because PREDATORS is a pretty good movie that could've held its own without resorting to the "let's make shit up" school of advertising.
really enjoyed this one; good solid direction. compelling