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.
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.
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…
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
Adrien Brody is actually pretty badass in this. Who knew?
Not scary but well made & stylistically a cut above the others. Unforgivable deception in trailer.
Yep. This is how to make a sequel to Predator. The original was clearly studied and dissected to see what made it work, and just enough original elements have been added to stop it from feeling stale. If they do it again they'll have to broaden things though.
Disastrous casting of "surprise villain role" turns decent - if routine - sci-fi chaser into involuntary comedy.
I samma kostym som originalet, men Adrien Brody är ingen Arnold.
Predators is a solid action thriller which successfully revives the iconic franchise, offering decent direction and thrills.
Aunque con un punto de vista/planteamiento más atractivo que sus predecesoras, se pierde en un mar de tiros, carreras y absurdez. Adrien Brody no ayuda en absoluto.
After the shocker that was Predator 2 and then the cashing in films of Alien vs Predator I really wasn't expecting much from this at all. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this was much better than expected. That's not to say there wasn't wasted opportunities, most notably the use od Laurence Fishburne's character, but if you can move past this you will find an entertaining enough film.
Could have been abysmal. Wasn't.
No, it's not as good as the Arnie film and it does have problems - like Adrien Brody out-gruffing Christian Bale in the 'putting-on-a-silly-voice-to-sound-hard' stakes - but Predators is still a decent enough no-brainer action film.