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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 may contain 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.
Predators is a not bad sequel that has some fantastic moments interspersed with trying way too hard to reference the original Predator in every conceivable way.
Dropping the audience into the thick of the action (quite literally) with the opening shot is an inspired choice, and getting to know this group of disparate characters who all are good at killing is quite fun. Then said wonderful killers prove themselves incapable of hitting anything which is a moving target, robbing them of some of their bad-assery.
Such is the rest of Predators. Inspired moment, followed by head-shakingly bad one.
Still, in the overall wash, I was entertained and enjoyed watching it in hi-def on Blu-ray for the first time.
(A very soft) 3.5 Not at all Shocking Character Twists for Predators.
Not a great movie, but still kind of entertaining. The characters and dialogue were complete dog shit and it comes as no big surprise that it doesn't even come close to holding a candle to the Schwarzenegger original. That whole Topher Grace arc was just awful.
With that being said, I really liked Adrian Brody for some reason. He just did a great job. The spetsnaz commando had a heart of gold compared to Brody's character and it's pretty hilarious. Plus, to the film's credit, there is a katana vs. predator scene that is extremely satisfying.
Utterly boring. The script was just so awful. A bunch of mercenaries are taken into the Predator hunting grounds, then they walk a lot, spouting off bad dialogue, die (not soon enough), and there are twists (the surviving guy was intriguing, but nope, it went nowhere, so it was a waste of time; the doctor thing was even worse) but no real fun action, no fun interactions, nothing interesting whatsoever. What is the fucking point of this movie? Worse than Predator 2, it really is. Total waste of time.
Now what if they dropped a bunch of Predators in a forrest with Chris Hansen?
Action packed, Fast paced, and a bloody good time, this sequel gets sometimes unjustly overlooked. And, it's a damn shame cause it kicks some serious ass, with excellent fx, rousing gore, and a surprisingly badass performance by Adrien Brody.
Whereas the Alien films take you from the giddy heights of Aliens to the abysmal depths of Alien Resurrection, the Predator franchise is by contrast solid if unspectacular. While the original is loved in more of an ironic way than its successors, it's still a damn good action film. The same could be said of Predator 2 and Predators. Neither mess with what works, and the direction is competent without being dull. Roping in good actors like Adrien Brody but not expecting them to be Arnie is also a smart move. Predators tries to flesh out the Predator mythos, but unlike Prometheus, knows that audience are there more for the action than any philosophical contemplation. The least you can demand from any decent action or horror film is not to be constantly asking yourself "Why did character X just do that? That's fucking stupid!" and Predators delivers in that respect, but not a great deal more.
Link to my review youtu.be/KdUbSdiWVH4
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