Monday, July 12, 2010

Movie Review - Predators

Predators - **

Directed by:  Nimrod Antal

Starring:  Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburn, Topher Grace, Alice Braga

Review:  You don't walk into Predators in the middle of the summer and expect anything poetic or revelatory.  And you get exactly what you'd expect.  That doesn't mean it's bad, just what you'd expect.

Predators is something we have come accustomed to in the last five years or so, a "reboot" of the franchise.  Not necessarily a true sequel, but not a remake of the original, it still exists in a world where the plot of the original took place and it has it's place in this movie.  However, it does take the story in a different direction where it can start anew and go on it's own to create it's own legend.

Predators elects not to wait like most movies and slowly build up to the action, the movie just jumps right in.  We begin with a picture of our hero Royce (Brody) in an eerily fast descent.  We don't know where he fell from or where he's falling to, just that he's falling.  Eventually, his parachute opens and he lands relatively unscathed in an unfamiliar rainforest like terrain.  Soon enough Royce finds himself with an entire crew if people who were all dropped into this rainforest, none of which remember anything besides a "white light" and then falling.

They all make a resolve to work together to figure out where they are and how to get out of wherever that is and back home.  After a while they discover they are not on Earth but on an entirely different planet and a seemingly different solar system but with eerily similar vegetation and the exact same gravitational dynamics.  This I can get over because we will soon see some predators and see them kick some a--.

The plot of the movie is very similar to the original.  The crew must hunt a creature they have never seen or hunted before, and they must hunt it while it is hunting them.  Predators are a clever bunch and their hunting skills are great, which makes them extremely efficient killing machines.  This is what the movie is mainly about, displaying the great hunting skills of the predators and the skills of the people they are hunting to fight back.

None of the performances are especially great, but they are all what they need to be to serve the purpose of the movie.  The special effects are great and the predators are as cool as you would imagine predators to be.  The movie is nothing super special but it is fun and exactly what you'd expect from a summer movie.  Without giving away too much, my biggest problem with the movie is with a certain predator that dies when I don't think it should have and could have been used as a bigger plot device.  Anyway, this is worth your time if you are a fan of the series.

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