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Predators (2010)

A movie produced by Robert Rodriguez released on July 9, 2010.

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  • Jan 1, 2011
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After two awful movies where the Predators hunt Aliens on Earth, Robert Rodriguez, Nimrod Antal, and company went back to the jungle for the latest installment in the Predators franchise.
Eight, well actually nine but one dies upon impact, people from different occupations with varying skills find themselves in an unknown jungle. The last thing each person remembers is that they saw a bright light and when they awoke they found themselves falling from the sky. These eight individuals band together, figuring their chances are greater if they remain as a group rather than alone. They discover bizarre plants and are attacked by giant carnivorous creatures before discovering that they aren't anywhere near Kansas anymore. With that knowledge, their goal becomes survival as they realize they are being hunted. It's either be or be killed and when you're being hunted by a superior race with advanced technology, the odds aren't in your favor.

There's a lot of good stuff about PREDATORS. It was a wise choice to take the franchise back to the jungle. The jungle is still an untamed wilderness, so much so that we even refer to our cities as "concrete jungles".

Most of the acting in the movie is also solid. Adrien Brody is the lead male protagonist as Royce. Brody is known for his acting chops, but not for his physicality. However, he really buffed up for this movie and he delivers a fine performance as an American mercenary. Topher Grace is also good as a doctor who seems strangely mismatched among the military personnel and gangsters he finds himself.

Though there are some weak points, the overall plot is a huge improvement than the previous two ALIEN VS. PREDATOR films as well as being just as good, if not better than PREDATOR 2. The film also references the original film as well as paying homage to it in a few sequences.

With that said, there are some major flaws to the movie. Laurence Fishburne has a role that is basically a cameo. He's in the movie for probably less than ten minutes and is heavily underused. His character is an interesting one and there's a lot that could have been done with it, but instead he's merely there to serve as a plot device, a sort of deux de machina and comic relief all rolled into one.

The introduction of Fishburne's character, Nolan, is also where a major flaw in the film resides. His introduction changes the entire pacing and mood of the movie. What begins, and ultimately ends as a jungle survival movie, turns into an industrial horror rampage that doesn't end until the movie's final act.

Still, PREDATORS is a redemption that returns the Predators franchise to the B-glory of the original. Here's hoping the sequels continue to improve upon this restoration of the Predator legacy.

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January 01, 2011
I agree about Fishburne's character, it did feel like it came from left field and something that the movie could've done without. This was a fun movie since it really felt like a sequel to the original film, I still want to forget the one with Glover . Thanks for the review!!
 
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review by . July 10, 2010
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3 ½ Stars: The PREDATORS Are Back In Town...
I’ve always liked the concept of 1987’s “Predator” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was simple, precise and exciting; admittedly the franchise has been misused by Hollywood with “Predator 2” and “Alien Vs. Predator” since they proved quite inferior to the original and even to the comic book mini-series that has been inspired by the original movie. When cult director Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror, Desperado) was announced as the producer of the new …
review by . November 13, 2010
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 ** out of ****      Through all the bad sequels, prequels, and of course AVP, a new "Predator" film releases and essentially tries as hard as it can to revive a potentially great franchise. And...it doesn't quite do any of that. In fact, it doesn't revive "Predator" at all. The original is still the best and as far as I'm concerned it will always BE the best, even if "Predators" is a positive step up from "Predator 2" …
review by . July 10, 2010
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The Third Dedicated Predator Film Pays Homage to the First
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review by . July 13, 2010
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Year: 1987 Location: Val Verde, South America   An elite commando unit led Major Alan "Dutch" Schaeffer and C.I.A. Liaison Major George Dillon were dropped into the deep jungle with orders to rescue a presidential cabinet minister kidnapped by guerrilla forces in Val Verde. As the progress through the jungle Major Schaeffer and his team stumble upon a downed American helicopter and the skinned remains of several bodies later revealed an American Special Forces team afterwards, …
review by . November 27, 2010
Unlike Alien (The Director's Cut), which had a great sequel in Cameron's Aliens (Two-Disc Collector's Edition), Predator 2 was a flop and an insult to Schwarzenegger's Predator. The more recent predator movies, like Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem, were total garbage.     Thus, it was nice to see Predators captured some of the magic of the original. Sure, it doesn't take many risks and pretty much copies the same recipe as the original, from who dies when and the finale. However, …
review by . July 21, 2010
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WHAT A FUN MOVIE AND A FUN NIGHT
      PREDATORS      It has been a long time since an actual Predator movie as been made and I have to say that I am truly happy another did indeed come along. Sure we had two AVP films come out but those were not straight Predator films, and to be honest those had the potential to be so much more. Don't get me wrong I didn't hate any of them but they could have been better. So when I heard Robert Rodriguez was involved with the next Predator film …
review by . July 15, 2010
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review by . July 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
"Predators" begins with Adrien Brody coming to in mid-freefall, which is a first for me as a moviegoer. We don't exactly know where he fell from, but we do know that he's literally falling from the sky, and only at the last second does he realize he's equipped with a parachute, which miraculously pops open. Regardless, his landing is rough; he plummets through dense jungle foliage before ending up in a muddy clearing. Over the next few minutes, he meets - and is nearly killed by - seven other people, …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Intense, gritty, bloody and merciless "Predators" is a worthy if not flawed Sci-Fi horror thriller that brings back fond memories of why audiences feared the Predator in the first place.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I saw this earlier and found it alright. There was nothing new to the storyline and well that was a big shame
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Rated R for pervasive language, gore and strong creature violence
  • Maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez tackles producing duties for a revamp of the Predator film series with this 20th Century Fox/ Troublemaker Studios production focusing on a human survival adventure set on one of the Predator's favorite hunting grounds. Kontroll's Nimród Antal directs from a script by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch, with Adrien Brody heading up an international cast.
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  • Cast: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Danny Trejo
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  • Director: Nimród Antal
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  • Genres: Sci-Fi Action, Action, Science Fiction
  • Executive producer Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse,Spy Kids) is the driving force behind this energetic reboot of the popularPredatorfilms, which pits the dreadlocked alien hunters against a rogues' gallery of human antiheroes, led by a bulked-up Adrien Brody. The Oscar winner acquits himself nicely in the role of a gritty mercenary who finds himself stranded on a jungle planet with a host of criminals and professional killers (among them such scene-stealers as Walton Goggins and Danny Trejo), as well as a seemingly innocent doctor, well played by Topher Grace. They've been deposited there to serve as living targets for a horde of Predators--whose looks, designed by Gregory Nicotero and Howard Berger, are impressively varied and sleek--that use the planet as their private hunting grounds. Laurence Fishburne is also on hand as a ...
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    Genre: Horror
    MPAA Rating: R
    Runtime: 107 minutes
    Studio: 20th Century Fox
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