a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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.
When it comes to luring viewers in with false advertisements, nobody in the film industry does a better job than Robert Rodriguez. If one remembers the 'Extended, Recut & Unrated' version of Sin City, it was advertised to be about 20 minutes longer when it actually had only 7 minutes of new footage while the rest was covered by individual stories' end credits. Then in the trailer of this film, the highlight was one scene where the main character has multiple Predator laser targets on his body but guess what, that's not the case in the final film.
That very scene single-handedly made me go check it out on the big screen & to find yourself being deceived is no good feeling.…
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
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Gotta love its racist stereotypes:
- What a good idea to call Danny Trejo "Cuchillo". It's a Robert Rodriguez production after all, so why not add his face as a bad example of Tijuana?
- A black guy with a big gun. Gotta be an assassin from Sierra Leone.
- Look! A Jap! That's a yakuza, like, OBVIOUSLY.
- "Let's kill the Mexican first."
- "Let's kill the black guy second. I would normally prefer the black guy to die first, but Trejo loves his characters to die. Besides, we won't get lawsuits from black people complaining about the typical Hollywood racial cliché of them dying first."
- "Let's give the yakuza a samurai sword, you know, like in all…
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.
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…
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.
My review -- this science-fiction/horror/action/adventure film title is now on DVD and it does have a sizable profit margin of roughly $87 million. The basic storyline is this, the audience meets some of our characters as they are falling out of an airplane with a parachute on, some of them land unceremoniously on the ground and some just keep on falling to their tombstones. Now if they survived the landing, they quickly discover they are on a mystical planet where something is chasing them to kill them.
Now to my surprise I was looking up and down both of my records to see that there isn't a review on this title, but I am sure I have done one somewhere,…
I think this is the third time I've seen this. When the Director's name popped up at the end I was surprised a second time because I was sure this was directed by Robert Rodriguez. As soon as it happened I remembered having that exact same surprise last time.
If I watch it again I hope I remember.
I do feel that there's a stupendous Predator film out there. Something that could eclipse even the original. Predators had the potential, as did AvP and AvP: Requiem. Shit, even Prometheus falls into this category.
Dreadfully boring. Actually there's nothing good about it at all. The action is poorly shot and not very eventful, there's fuck-all suspense because even the characters don't know what's going on and/or don't seem to be bothered by their predicament, the ending is insultingly lazy, and it constantly takes cues from the original in terms of key scenes and characters in the least subtle of ways. There's just nothing going for it at all, and just feels like a cheap cash-in to hype up the return of a classic film villain.
A cool cast and intriguing premise help keep this sequel mostly afloat even as a horrendous second act, featuring arguably Laurence Fishburne's worst performance, threatens to completely derail it.
Adrian Brody and a bunch of other joksters will manage to accomplish what Arnold Schwarzenegger and the hardest dudes to come out of 1980's action cinema could not. More over, they'll one up em by not just killing one predator, but several. Gimmie a fuckin break gang.
Better than the AvPs I guess, but still dumb and unnecessary.
Better than I expected and definitely worth the watch to see the franchise revitalized.
I love the Predator franchise and I think this is a worthy entry. It kind of feels like a remake/reboot but is still a good watch.
Another fun movie with aspirations a little too high and originality a little too low. This movie has the potential to be an amazing Predator film, until Lawrence Fishburne shows up and the movie kinda goes to pieces. It's still fun, but it becomes a sloppy mess after Fishburne walks in and cheeses it up.
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