Day 147: Predators

Predators
Director: Nimród Antal
Starring: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne and Topher Grace
Rated: R
Length: 107 min.
Release: July 9, 2010
Trailer

Synopsis:
The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Serra Leoa militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they discover that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive.

My Thoughts:
Created in the spirit of the the first film, Predators is head and shoulders above Predator 2 but still falls short of living up to the original 1987 action classic. I was rather excited that this movie was going to be made. I was soooo disappointed with the last film and felt this franchise had so much more to offer. I really wanted to love this movie, and to be perfectly honest…I loved loved loved…the first half of it. But then we meet Laurence Fishburne’s character Noland…and it all goes down hill from there.

The first half was in the jungle. It reminded me of the first one, but with a fresh twist…this is not a jungle on the planet earth. The characters seemed interesting, some more than others. Adrien Brody isn’t exactly Arnold Schwarzenegger and at first it is hard to see him in this rough and tumble mercenary/military guy, but it grows on you.

Then we meet Laurence Fishburne’s character Noland. What a disappointment that was. Here we are expecting some totally awesome guy who is gonna really be an asset to this rag tag team of tough guys. Instead, it turns out he is just some overweight crazy guy that adds hardly anything to the movie. He explains some interesting back story and plot points…but it would have been better had we cared about his character more.

Then, the ending itself is rather anti climactic.

(Spoiler alert)

Having the predators be divided into two different races is an interesting idea and one with possibilities, but having the main characters depend on and decide to form an alliance with one of them?…just dumb. The first Aliens vs Predator had a similar alliance, but it made more sense as they were both fighting to keep an alien population from getting out of control. Here?…it makes less sense. Cut loose a predator and then say, “I want off this planet,” is apparently all it takes to earn enough respect and make them do our bidding. I just find the whole idea of a man and a predator joining forces to be a bit of a contrast to the spirit of the first movie. It just doesn’t fit in a predator movie.

(End spoiler alert)

That criticism aside, however, the action, the special effects and especially the predators themselves are still absolutely stellar and the ending and a few plot points aren’t so bad that they ruins the entire movie. For continuing to keep the spirit of the original alive but falling short at the finish line to provide a truly memorable climax that is worth watching Predators gets a middle of the road 3.5 stars. Its a fun watch that starts strong but falls very short near the end.

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