Director: Shane Black
Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown.
Plot: When a young boy unknowingly triggers the world’s most lethal predators, a ragtag group of ex servicemen must band together to stop the imminent destruction of the human race.
Gentlemen, they’re large, they’re fast, and they’re fucking up your idea of tourism.
As a huge fan of the Predator movies, I was overjoyed when I heard that a new one was in production. I caught a look at the trailer, and it made me even more excited. Upon its release however this all changed, after I read a few reviews and heard what the public had to say about the masked alien’s return to Earth.
Upon starting the movie I was skeptical, fearing that I wouldn’t enjoy it and that I was going to tear it apart and pick faults after it had finished, so I told myself: “dude, relax, just sit back and enjoy the ride.”
After following my own expert advice I sat down and just took it for what it was. Honestly if you go into this expecting it to follow the same suit as the original then I’m sorry but you’re gonna hate it. If you go in and expect crude one liners and profanity, then you’re in for one hell of a treat.
The whole movie is pretty funny, I don’t think there is a scene that doesn’t have a joke or a crude comment thrown in there somewhere, but it works. The chemistry of the squad is fantastic, I wouldn’t say you grow to “love” them, but you definitely enjoy their screen time.
My favourite part of the movie is the escape scene. Situated in a government lab, the Predator containing human DNA lays upon a table, heavily sedated, unfortunately for the scientists and military personnel, the Predator awakes and goes on a complete rampage, attempting to slaughter anyone who gets in his way. I love this scene purely because we see that the Predator is still a force to be reckoned with, he can still kick ass and utilise his surroundings to survive, and its the first real time we see the Predator in combat in this instalment.
I think the only thing that let’s this movie down slightly is the acting, some of it was amazing, Body Holbrook was fantastic, but the rest of the squad didn’t quite match up to him. Its not something that sticks out like a sore thumb, you just kinda have to deal with it and take it with a pinch of salt.
The hunt really has evolved in this movie, we have the introduction of the Predator dogs! These beasts are the predators hunting companion, and they look vicious! You wouldn’t wanna see these guys at your local dog park put it that way. I feel that with this addition, it gave us a little bit more of an insight into the predators, I guess it makes them seem a little bit more, human, and that they’re not actually that different from ourselves.
So there you have it, The Predator might be seen as a bit of a flop, but I loved it. Each to their own I guess guys. If you’ve seen it let me know your thoughts in the form of a comment, or an angry email, whichever.
So out of a possible 10, I have 6.5 spinal cords to hand out to these “lovely” alien visitors. Keep an eye out for the next long winded, relatively pointless review. Stay scary guys.