Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
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.
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.
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.
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 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…
"We're being hunted"
Predators starts off like a promising adventure film, but quickly tapers off into a dull, boring, cliché attempt at horror. It could've been so much better. Even Adrien Brody's acting skills can't save this mess.
The story isn't anything complicated. A group of human finds themselves in a strange place and they find themselves being hunted by these creatures called Predators. It's a simple premise that's proven to work, but the film takes a shift for the worse in the second half. This comes with the introduction of Laurence Fishburne's character. Fishburne gives a laugh worthy performance, he's incredibly ridiculous. The rest of the cast is decent, but no cast member…
Lovingly crafted with it's fanbase in mind, Predators is both a sublimely self-aware homage as reboot and a solid mythology-building new addition to the franchise. You'd be hard pressed to find a more fitting team to bring this new film to life than Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios, who originally began conceiving the film's story as far back as 1994. After a slew of awful crossover films with the Aliens franchise, Fox has finally given fans the respectful and expansive sequel they've been clamoring for the last two decades. Dropping our eclectic band of criminals, gangsters, prisoners, and soldiers into the vivid jungles of an alien hunting reserve planet, the film wastes no time in laying out the stakes for these…
In this new age where you reboot a movie and actively try to insult the original product as much as possible (I'm looking at you Total recall and Robocop), this movie should be held as THE example of how to do a reboot correctly. They held true to the creatures in the original film while retelling the story in such a way, as to make it either better or a stand alone restart of the franchise. Great F/X, great acting, kept it's predecessors rating, didn't insult the original in any way. This movie made me want more. Spectacular movie, must see if you haven't or if you have, must see again.
Alien invasion film reviews will continue with Predators. So sue me. This was pretty fun. Predators is filled with a wider array of new ideas for the Predator franchise and it helps. Adrien Brody is the lead man in this not-so-high-profile cast, but it has some good B-level actors. Well, the original Predator was not a great film at all. It's only considered a classic because Arnold Schwarzenegger was in it, and those famous words: GET TOO DA CHOPA! I wasn't a fan at all with that film. Then, the Danny Glover sequel came out and it was one of the worst sci fi films ever. Also, let's skip out on my feelings for the whole Alien vs Predator thing.…
About the same as I remembered. Technically better than Predator 2, but less risky overall, essentially a loose remake of the first film. The inventive premise never really lives up to its full potential and the character work/script never rises to the level of the original. The cast deserved better. Adrien Brody is surprisingly convincing in the lead, although I couldn't help wondering what it would have been like if he and Alice Braga switched roles.
Practical effects for the win. Thanks Robert Rodriguez.
This is a Rodriguez production: Making sense is not an issue. The movie is generally about our malevolent protagonists being mauled by frightening mandible-jawed creatures. who use active camouflage and energy weapons, reposition as swiftly as panthers, can see in a variety of spectrums, and are equally as self-aware as humans, sans compassion of course. Nimrod Antal gave Vacancy a masterful sense of what to show and when to reveal it, and so is a proficient enough director to keep these villains intriguing throughout unintelligible jumbles of bullet-paced visual effects.
I didn't know that Predators played Mortal Kombat when they are not hunting. I have proof. One of them did the Spine Rip Fatality!
Going back to the classic Predator formula this brutal action packed sequel feels like it was plucked right out of the 80's. We all need more Predator flims in this universe.
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
- Three Colors: Blue
- The Thing
- The Marriage of Maria Braun
- Three Colors: White
Most trilogies follow the same set of characters from beginning to end but there are many trilogies, loosely connected or…
- Safety Not Guaranteed
- Charlotte's Web
- Final Destination 2
- The Silence of the Lambs
And we're done!
Who would have guessed!
No I'm off to have my brain lobotomized.