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MOVIE REVIEW: PREDATORS

Worthy successor to first monster fest
January 18, 2011


Directed by: Nimród Antal
Release date: 2010
Length: 107 minutes
Rated: R

After seeing the first predator film (the good one) and then being grossly disappointed by the inferior sequel, I was looking forward to this iteration in the franchise, and I must say I walked out of the theater well-satisfied with the result.

Before going further, though, I must note that any and all praise I give this film must be taken with a hefty grain of salt. Anyone walking into the movie theater craving deep, emotional stimulation will walk out feeling cheated. Don’t get me wrong: The acting in this movie is just fine, particularly from the characters of Adrian Brody and Laurence Fishburne, who both turn in excellent performances as a couple of tough-as-nails killers tossed into a rough situation against their will. What this movie boils down to is an extended chase sequence, punctuated with some brutal (yet awesome) action scenes.

In other words, this is the sort of movie you must go into with the simple expectation of viewing something that’s fun to watch. The special effects, while they look a little silly in some instances, work to great effect in creature design, making some animals look very impressive even when they scarcely resemble something that actually exists. In short, the movie exists purely to be enjoyed as a fun and occasionally funny diversion for action addicts.

Now let’s discuss the actual movie. As I indicated, the plot isn’t full of twists and turns, to say the least. Major plot points can be seen coming from a mile away, although there aren’t that many to begin with.

The movie is about a rag-tag band of murderous misfits who are suddenly forced to work together to take down some alien monsters. You’d be hard-pressed to find some other meaning in it all. It’s the same theme of the original movie and sequel, and fans like myself wouldn’t have it any other way.

The predators themselves are pretty scary when you consider that they’re a bunch of seven–foot-tall freaks with advanced weaponry. What I found odd about the characters themselves, however, was how easily they manage to figure out their situation. I understand that these are supposed to be some of the most experienced mercenaries on Earth, but Brody’s character must be the reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes to be able to work out the whole situation from just a few clues before the movie is even half over. That said, an odd ending twist — which I won’t spoil here — feels a bit out of place, but it works in the context of the movie at the two-hour mark.

Regardless of these nitpicks, if you’ve been waiting for the true worthy successor to the 1986 classic, it’s finally here. I would put this one on par with the first one any day of the week. Finally, we have a slightly flawed but nonetheless fun- and action-packed edition to the franchise that can help ease the pain we felt from that mess of a second movie and the brain-cell-killing crossover flicks. I’d give this a 7.5 out of 10.

Copyright 2010 Y-Press

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