Director: Nimród Antal
Cast: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Danny Trejo, Louis Ozawa Changchien
Running Time: 106 minutes
Rated R (for strong creature violence and gore, and pervasive language)
OK, so, FIRST OF ALL, let’s pretend that the director’s name isn’t actually ‘Nimród’ (HAHA). He directed 2007’s Vacancy and 2009’s Armored. It’s not that he’s bad or anything, but you would think that considering Predator being a popular franchise, that they would have gotten a more experienced and more suitable director. Perhaps someone more accustomed with the franchise and the action associated with it.
The best part of any action/adventure or even a horror flick to me is the comedic relief. There was a good amount of comedic relief in Predators, especially once Laurence Fishburne showed up – “How many seasons have I been here? 7? *looks to the side* What? 10?…We’ve been here 10 seasons“. Uhm, who ya talking to there, Laurence? Yep, he has some of kind of imaginary friend. A little Gollum-Sméagol complex happening in there somewhere.
You know the plot already- humans are dropped on a planet to be hunted by the Predators like as though it’s a game reserve. They are dropped on this planet every “season” via parachutes. All of them wake up mid-fall. Can you imagine that? Waking up falling at God know’s how fast and you have to be quick enough to think MUST OPEN PARACHUTE! I mean, I probably would have just started flailing and crying, so props to them. Anyway, the Predators don’t only hunt humans. The bigger ones hunt the smaller ones, and then they all hunt the humans. Of course, you already know that somebody must survive. But I mean, the fact alone that someone survives just seems so ridiculous because there is literally NO WAY off the planet, and there are more of the Predators than humans. Invisible Predators! I mean, the last scenes of the movie I just kept thinking, how is it that there is suddenly just one Predator? What happened to all the others?
I mean, don’t let the logistics of it all deter you from seeing it. There is some enjoyable action and it is new to see Adrien Brody in this kind of role. I know he did King Kong (2005) and this was kind of like that in terms of him being in a jungle and what not, but his character in Predators is very ‘every man for himself’ and brooding and serious and all of a no-nonsense army man. I really like Alice Braga and have enjoyed watching her since I first saw her in 2007’s I am Legend. She is really good at getting those tears in her eyes and delivering a sensitivity, but tough-skinned quality to the women she portrays. What can I say about Topher Grace? His character’s background is surprising and I’ll leave it at that. You’ll just have to watch the movie to find out.
The Long and Short: In conclusion, my final verdict on this one is that it was another fun action/adventure flick to revel in, especially for the fans of the franchise. If you aren’t a fan of the whole GET TO THE CHOPPAH! or the WHAT AH YOU? (compliments of Schwarzenegger), then you could probably do with just waiting for the DVD or the Starz! movie premiere. But, it was really fun to watch and made me nostalgic for the 1987 original. It was sufficiently more gory and I don’t know if it was just me…but their faces seem a lot more frightening.
My Recommendation: This would be great to watch on a movie after you’ve watched the Schwarzenegger original. Also great to watch if you’re in the mood for a relatively updated marathon of sci-fi flicks.
Favourite Scene: Fishbourne talking to himself. Classic.