A ranking of many of the action flicks I've subjected myself to over the years, rated 3 stars or more.…
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 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.
Link to my review youtu.be/KdUbSdiWVH4
Weren't no fluke that I kept falling asleep last time. Garishly manufactured to appeal. Like someone trying to recreate an edgy meme. Not at one point allowed me to forget I was watching a movie.
I mean, that entire "bitch-raping" skit... I realise/assume we're not meant to like Goggins' character but if that's your level of character exposition you can fuck right off. Was this written by someone who empties Tarantino's garbage cans?
(On a sidenote; I can't believe the best movies I've seen all this week were Leprechaun 3 and 4.)
This film has a lot of the same elements of Predator: cool looking alien's with cool weapons, an interesting premise, fun performances... So why is this film "meh" when Predator is such a blast? The only thing I can come up with is charisma. Arnold - for whatever reason - had it in droves, and he makes silly B movies into classics.
Human predators being hunted by Predators.
A nice little return to the Predator series after that pity that was AVP: Requiem. Didn't like Brody's faux-deep Batman-esque voice, but loved the concept of different warriors being thrown into one very bad situation. Better than I expected but not as good as I had hoped.
The TRUE sequel to Predator.
As if one was bad enough, there's a whole bunch of them! The prey: a group of killers, murderers, soldiers, assassins and professionals forced to work together to survive.
Adrien Brody was brilliant, and bad-ass.
Looking forward to the sequel (maybe it'll see Arnold Schwarzenegger make a return to this franchise)!
I've never wanted to murder a man more than Adrien Brody in this movie...and also just in general.
Not too dissimilar from the others, the Predators decide to hunt some humans.
The difference in this one is that the humans are being hunted off world on an alien plant come game reserve.
Completely out of their comfort zones the mercenaries, murderers and the nastiest element of society get picked off one by one with gory endings.
The story isn't new and the ending is as blatant as the nose on Adrien Brody's face.
Now we find a way to get off this fucking planet.
Predators was as by the numbers and as much of a cynical cash grab as you could get.
The concept is decent -- it's basically the same concept as the 1st Dark Horse series. But it adds nothing to the original, and is inferior in every way. Everything that made the original memorable and unique is rehashed in a less creative way. It's a sueded version of the original.
For one thing, the writing is so misguided. For nearly half the movie, the audience is ahead of the protagonist. We know what is hunting them, we know what the Predator looks like. There are no surprises.
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