Predators Movie Review

Predators Movie Review


The upcoming movie from 20th Century Fox, Predators, is back after a three year hiatus and is rated R and runs for 106 minutes. The last time around it took on Aliens in Colorado. Before that it was Aliens in Antarctica. In the ‘90s it was Danny Glover in Los Angeles and even before that, it was Arnold Schwarzenegger in Central America. Adrien Brody and his friends are the new prey of this life-form with an invisibility cloak and a thirst to hunt. This time the Predator is chasing its prey on the "Predators" home turf.

This movie has no pretentions. It is simply a B movie that reminds one of a Twilight Zone on steroids, but with great actors. The great acting tends to trail off as the movie goes along and in the end it’s hard to even tell what’s going on. Despite the intriguing circumstances surrounding the plot of the movie, it’s hard to keep the excitement going.

The strength of the movies cast, though, is going to keep the box office movie gross very respectable. Its box office will reach well beyond the confines of North America.

The movie opens with a bang. Brody, dressed in mercenary gear, comes hurtling towards the jungle at the end of a bad parachute. And he is not the only one to have entered the movie from the heavens. Other visitors to this alien planet include Alice Braga as an Israeli sniper, Oleg Taktarov as a Russian special op agent, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali as a fighter from Sierra Leone, Louis Ozawa Changchien who plays a Yakuza, Danny Trejo, a Mexican drugs agent and Walton Goggins as an American killer just off death row. Topher Grace is also along for the ride as a doctor who figures out that the place they’ve landed is a sort of human game preserve and they are the hunted game.

Writers Alek Litvak and Michael Finch do well at bringing some colorful lines into the film. Director Nimrod Antal (“Kontroll” and “Armored”) brings an edge to the film.

Both Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne (we’re not telling who he plays) bring some drama to the film.

Producer Robert Rodriguez’ work is apparent in the excellent visual effects. The script for the movie was originally written by Rodrigez in 1994. Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger take charge of the very detailed alien effects.

John Debney’s score is cheesy. He borrows from every old monster movie to dig up the sound for the movie’s score.

The fact that this is the fifth in the Predators series does not make it any scarier. But you might want to go see this movie playing in theaters now just for the cast alone.


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