Predators

27 Jul

Title: Predators
Year: 2010
Director: Nimród Antal
Writers: Michael Finch and Alex Litvak based on the characters by Jim Thomas and John Thomas
Starring: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov
MPAA Rating: R, strong creature violence and gore, and pervasive language
Runtime: 107 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%

The latest entry in the Predator franchise was, I thought, absolutely better than the more recent entries in it, especially those bad Alien vs. Predator films, it has a lot of action, and it’s a seriously gory type of action, that make this film feel a lot like the older and better ones of the franchise, and because of that I would think the fans of the original will embrace this one as an appropriate follow-up after some really below par outings. Most of the credit I would say goes to Nimród Antal, the director who was hired by producer Robert Rodriguez, who had enjoyed Control and Vacancy, two of his previous efforts, Mr. Antal is a guy that’s good at directing the action sequences, and makes this film feel genuinely exciting at points because of it.

What I will go on and say is that while Predators is a pretty solid action movie, it doesn’t have as much suspense and horror as the first ones did, but that’s okay because it’s not as though all of it is gone, and I’d rather take an action movie with hints of suspense that’s well-made over the last few entires in the franchise that tried to scare audiences but just couldn’t emulate the effect the original created, this one rather than follow the path of the original just uses it as a basis and then goes off on its own, and it’s because of that that this one worked for me.

We have our group of characters who just somehow fall from the skies without remembering how that came to happen, just remembering a blinding flash of light before they were free falling towards the surface. We don’t know how these guys were all assembled into this thick jungle or how they came falling down so suddenly from the skies, what we do know is that each and every one of them is a pretty brutal killer from all sorts of different backgrounds, oh and there’s a doctor, too. Then we get a bit of an adaptation period, getting to know the world they’re in, or at least trying to get to know it, the air is normal, so is the water, the sun, however, doesn’t move, and there’s more than one moon. Then we are told that basically they have been brought into a world for them to battle the predators to the death.

That’s as much logical thinking as the film allows you to do, since after that the carnage starts, and it’s non-stop, and it comes in a lot of ways, the predators just attacking the shit of our ill-fated protagonists. Again, the thing that the original films did have that this one doesn’t is the suspense, in the first ones we had a lot of quiet moments before the predators attacked, in this one we really don’t, we just get to see stuff from the predators point-of-view and they don’t take any time before attacking our heroes, and even though that means that the suspense is absent the gore is still most certainly there. The suspense is only present at the start when we don’t know where we are, but the film rids itself of that feeling soon after and what we are given is a far-more-predictable chasing game, which comes with a fair bit of holes in the plot, but again, this one’s far better than the last entries in the franchise, so we should just take what we were given and be thankful.

Predators isn’t a perfect film, it’s far from that, the characters go through pretty much no development and the plot has some serious holes it never even attempts to try and fill, but, while all that maybe true, one goes to Predator films to get some heavy action, and in that category this one really does succeed, there’s a lot of violence here, and it’s done really well by a director who knows how to do these sort of scenes, and by a cast that while not particularly excellent plays along nicely enough, and that’s all we need. People will compare this one to the original, more so because it’s billing itself as a continuation of the originals, and in that comparison it won’t come on top, but come on, compare it to the most recent outings and you’ll realize that this one’s better than any of the ones we’ve seen as of late, and because of that I welcomed it and I liked it for what it was.

Grade: B

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