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Predators (2010)

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

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3 stars: The Predators have returned

  • Jul 13, 2010
Rating:
+3

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, they make there way to a heavily guarded rebel encampment quickly dispensing of the troops in the base and taking a young girl hostage. Major Schaeffer soon finds out that the entire rescue mission was nothing but a hoax cooked up by his superiors to get his team to kill the guerrillas in the encampment, after Dillon confesses that the men they found earlier disappeared in a failed rescue mission of two CIA agents. As they make there back to the extraction point the commandos, an unknown creature using thermal imaging is watching them. After two members of the team are mysteriously slain, the survivors become aware that something in the jungle is stalking them, something not of this world.

 

 

 

Year: 2010???

 

Location: unknown

 

 

A lone mercenary named Royce wakes up in free fall over a dense jungle after deploying his parachute and maker a rough landing on the planet he assumes is Earth possibly the Amazon. Royce meets up one by one with a colorful group of killers much like himself: Isabelle: An Israeli Defense Force black ops sniper, Cuchillo a Mexican Los Zetas drug cartel enforcer, Mombassa  a Sierra Leone RUF death squad officer, Nikolai a Russian Spetsnaz commando, Stans  a notorious and deadly death-row inmate from San Quentin state prison. Edwin a seemingly innocent doctor (who does not seem to fit in with the rest) and Hanzo a Yakuza assassin they have been brought together for one reason and one reason only on our planet they are the greatest killers we have to offer. Something has brought them to a jungle planet to hunt them for sport but the real question is what brought them there? How do they get home?

 

 

 

Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal's  "Predators" is  not a continuation of the horrendous AVP franchise directed by the abysmal Paul W.S. Anderson there film goes all the way back to the  look and feel of John McTiernan's 1987 cult classic  that became one of the 80's  deifying action/adventure films and also a deifying film in Science fiction horror. I know that is hard to believe but when you look back at "Predator"  and look at the official sequel "Predators" you can see what made the character and the film so popular. All throughout this movie, you feel a complete and utter sense of nostalgia as you watch the characters march around the jungle and out run, there-impeding doom; this is a well-made movie with a fine group of actors that know what they have gotten themselves into They enjoy every minute of it. It does not appear that way onscreen seeing as they have to be serious you know they must have had a ball shooting it out with the predators I know I would. Antal and Rodriguez avoid what made the AVP movies so bad and focus more on what made the Predator franchise so good  they take there main queues from Predator the quiet subtle nature and a little from Predator 2 mainly the gritty pulpy feel  of the trashy sequel  put them together and what do you get? "Predators” a gritty, pulpy action adventure Science Fiction horror film that captures the spirit of the first film while at the same time reviving this fledgling franchise. I admire the craft and skill that was put into this film  the way it plays out onscreen  is very good and although there are moments where the films falters   and slides off into full tilt action  instead of Sci-Fi horror. That was okay with me, if you have seen the original then you know the same thing happens to the original film as well. The main point is that you do not care you get what you paid for a bloody, gory, intense, gritty Sci-Fi action- horror adventure that is as much homage as it is a stand-alone picture on its own.

 

 

I liked this film  in fact I liked  it allot more than I thought I would  I did not like the fact that it was short on narrative and the characters seemed like mirrors of the characters from "Predator"(with the exception of Adrien Brody's character Royce  who is only watching out for number one). Again that can  be overlooked thanks to the dark  and stark cinematography  that  ups the appeal  of this picture  giving this standard action picture more  eye candy as much as a bleak actioneer which  works for me. There are a few things that I did not like, I did not like the fact that it sacrificed sheer terror for pure gory thrills it took away the dead silence of "Predator" and inserted the noisy atmosphere of AVP however, and in the end, and this film redeems itself with its solid finale and sequel setup ending.

 

 

 

Adrien Brody is one of my all time favorite actors   I like hi style because he never plays the pansy or the kindhearted fellow no, Brody is always playing someone with an agenda or someone who is completely and utterly cold-hearted, and in Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal's "Predators”, he is at his cold blooded best. Brody is no Schwarzenegger  and he does not  pretend to be what he does instead is  take his character in a direction  Schwarzenegger did not he makes his character a cold hearted, selfish  killer who is literally looking out for number one even when he is leading a rag tag group of killers across a strange world. That is why the film works where it should have failed Brody’s character is what you call a two dimensional anti-hero his character has no real depth to him, no real heart to him he is just a killer like all the other characters. The only difference is Brody is far better at being a killer than most and it shows. Brody's performance is  flat and something of a one trick pony in this film  however, I  again found myself not caring  Brody tries his very hardest and even though he does not always succeed at being completely convincing as the ruthless, stone-cold killer  he plays the part well and in a film  like this that makes all the difference. The rest of the cast including Topher Grace, Danny Trejo, Oleg Taktarov, Walton Goggins, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, and Louis Ozawa Changchien all deliver good supporting performances in the true sequel to "Predator.” 

 

 

 

 

"Predators" will not impress many and some may find it nothing but a high octane retreat of the 1987 original  in my opinion this  reboot while nowhere near as good  as the '87 classic  is still a fine piece of action filmmaking that succeeds far more than it should and plays out better than expected. It has its faults, it does not try to hide it, and even though it has, some parts and some characters it could do without, "Predators" is still an engaging and intense bloody actioneer that brings back fond memories of why people and me love the predator in the first place.  

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July 17, 2010
Great review man
July 20, 2010
Thank you very much.
 
July 14, 2010
alright, I am here and thanks for pointing out your review to me. I cannot say i disagree with your points since I know that the movie should've been better if it had more of a story. This was better than Predator 2 (with Danny Glover) IMHO but it feels too much like a homage film than a sequel--I do think this is a good launching pad for new "Predator" movies though. I gave this one a 3.5 as you remember but I can see why you stuck a 3 with it; and that is all good! Great review!
July 14, 2010
Thank you very much. And I agree with you I agree this films story and narrative could have been far more focused and stronger but it was good for what it is and I would definitely see a sequel or prequel if they made one they could make a prequel movie or a prequel comic book series tracing Fishburne's character I think it would be extremely intriguing. and I also agree this is a good launching pad to re start this fledgling series also this felt like a homage film to me as well and I liked that I liked the way it payed its respects to the film that gave it life I respect that. And as for "Predator 2" that was just a way to capitalize on the popularity of the first film nothing more naturally I had high hopes this reboot would be far better than "Predator 2" and thankfully it was far superior to that film   now I'm just waiting for a sequel.
July 14, 2010
How do you feel about the AVP films? I kinda liked the 2nd one despite its flaws, Maybe you have reviews for them?
July 14, 2010
I liked AVP even though it was complete trash but I despised AVP: R it was just all around just a terrible movie that tarnished the name of the Predator and Alien. I'm sorry I have not reviewed them yet but I will be reviewing Predator some time soon.
July 16, 2010
this has been featured in the community...
July 16, 2010
Thank you very much.
 
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"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, …
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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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