REVIEW: Predators (2010)
Plot: A group of elite warriors are dropped onto an unknown planet and hunted by members of a merciless alien race.
Review: There’s no hiding the fact that this has been arguaby the worst summer for movies in recent memory. It seems that week after week an uninteresting, subpar, boring new release hits theaters while the actual good movies have a much wider gap between releases. Even some of the releases that I expected to deliver dropped the ball. So, it comes as a bit of a surprise that PREDATORS delivers in almost every way imaginable.
After the two abortions that are ALIENS VS PREDATOR and ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM, any hope for a worthy sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger driven 1987 classic had pretty much faded in my mind (PREDATOR 2, while not terrible, wasn’t very good).
PREDATORS wisely follows the rules and elements that were present in the original, even going so far as mimicking scenes while adding something original and fresh. From the very first shot in the film PREDATORS drops us (no pun intended) straight into the action and never lets go. The slight overuse of character development (a good 3/4 of the film is devoted to this) ends up working out well. Building the suspense and tension to the edge. This works effectively for the first 45-minutes or so, but becomes repetitive and boring (the movie could have cut a good 10-minutes from it’s run time) after the Predator action kicks into gear.
For anybody who doubted Adrian Brody as the heroic bad-ass: shame on you. He hits his character straight on the nail with presenting his macho, over-the-top Royce to be believable. I was also impressed at the fact that they had him purposely make decisions that resulted in casualties and didn’t try and show regret within him. Something that isn’t seen in many modern movies. Sadly, the rest of the cast isn’t much to write home about as the majority of the characters are simply fillers added in to up the body count.
The practical effects used for the Predators are another highlight. Masterfully capturing the Predator’s appearance in both PREDATOR and PREDATOR 2, while adding a nice twist for each. Something the AVP movies messed up entirely (over-sized, chubby bastards). I don’t believe there was a single CGI Predator present throughout the entire course of the film. The wolf creatures is another story, though, along with another odd, somewhat out-of-place little creature (I won’t spoil anything), which consist of mainly CGI effects.
Backed by a score comprised by John Debney that is hard to differentiate from Alan Silvestri’s score present in the original, PREDATORS fits right at home with the original. PREDATORS is filled to the brim with fantastic effects and intense action sequences. Hopefully, this movie does well at the box-office and catches on because this is exactly what has been missing from cinemas.