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Predators (2010)

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

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WHAT A FUN MOVIE AND A FUN NIGHT

  • Jul 21, 2010
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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 I was extremely excited. I found out later he was just producing the film based on a story he wrote many years ago, still I knew it would be good.

So when the film finally was released in theaters we all gathered up and went to see it, by we I mean me, my girl, my bro, and one of my best friends. We waited a week or so after the opening release due to so other things going on but still we made it to the movies. So we got there 30 minutes early or so as to get good seats and declined buying any drinks. We didn't get any drinks because it was apparent that these fountain drinks were imported from only the finest of lands, squeezed from the supple [well they were just insanely expensive, principle alone forbid me from tasting it's sweet sugary taste]. So we made our way into the last door on the left to watch what we knew would be great.

If you do not know by now the film starts with people free falling and waking up doing so having no memory of how they got there. After making their way to the ground, some harder than others, they do not know who to trust. But the overwhelming sense that something is very wrong leads them to form an uneasy alliance with each other, if only for the moment. There is about eight of them and each coming from a different area, country, and background, or so it seems. It may turn out to be that all of these people are more alike than they think. How so you may ask, well it is because all of them are killers, or should we say predators back where they come from. The best of the best when it comes to killing on Planet Earth, well all but one it seems. And speaking of Planet Erath we may or may not be on our own planet as we take this ride with these people.

Still the title says it all and even a person who is not a fan of these films knows that the movie is about an alien creature who is the ultimate hunter. A creature so deadly not even Jesse "The Body" Ventura could survive when pitted against it; sure some have defeated it but look at that statement. Some have defeated it, as in a predator but who can survive multiple of the greatest killer known to the universe. Even more threatening is that we learn the Predator we have always feared is actually the smaller of two different species of the creature, YIKES. But it is all a game in this film and I mean that in the sense that we are the game, along with various other creatures from different worlds. It also seems that these monsters have been doing this forever, so let the games begin.

The people in this film are what some would say cliché characters, the military guys, the mercenaries, the yakuza guy and such. The thing is these people actually do exist and whether the script could fully develop them or not is were the problem is. Writers Michael Finch and Alex Litvak in my opinion kept the film on the right path along with director Nimród Antal moving it along. Sure the characters could have been developed more but hey this is a Predator movie after all, aren't we here to see people get hunted and then slaughtered. So I can forgive any shortcoming the script may have had, I mean come on I have been waiting for a Predator film since the second one.

As far as our actors go I must say from the jump I was extremely excited to see MMA legend Oleg Taktarov in this film. And just like I thought he did an amazing job here, I mean who better to take on a Predator. Adrien Brody is our lead here and pulls the role off well and in my eyes was very believable in the role, even beefed up a little bit. Topher Grace was a surprise here and much like his character seemed out of place, but let me assure you he does an excellent job in this film. Alice Braga is our only female here and she does not disappoint, even showing up the boys in this film at times. I mean her character does, all of the performances are great. Walton Goggins is a scene stealer for sure and gives the film a little more comedic moments. Danny Trejo is here as well although it would have been cool to see him get more time on screen. Louis Ozawa Changchien is great as the Yakuza character in this film, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali is great and menacing looking in this, and of course the surprise of the film Laurence Fishburne all give great performances as well.

I should also note that there are three other actors in this film Derek Mears playing our classic Predator, Carey Jones as the tracker Predator, and Brian Steele as the berserker predator. Now with that out the way I can say that the film really does pay respect to the other Predator films and does not make them look weak like the first AVP did. One moment I particularly love involves the Yakuza character up against a Predator one on one. Now I mention this because some people have been saying a Predator would not have a blade battle with a person, they would just kill them and move on. I have to disagree with that on all fronts; I know a Predator would do hand to hand, blade to blade, or gun to gun with a singular opponent. We have to remember that Predators or prideful in their hunting skills and their ability to defeat any prey in any form of combat. Let me just say that this part of the film is one of my favorites.

Now like I said before there are some flaws and that is mostly with the script but you can over look them just by looking at the great lay out of the new planet, especially when they realize they are not on Earth, that shot is amazing. Also the new creatures that we get a peek at in this film are great, such as the dog like creatures the Predators use in this film. The film really is an entertaining ride from start to finish and shows the potential the new Predators films have if the continue with a sequel. The film was a great way to spend that night and I did not feel bad about paying for every one to go see it. I thought the movie was worth the money I spent, to me there is nothing better than watching a movie with your closest friends around you. It not only adds to the atmosphere in the room but it makes the viewing experience a little more fun.



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July 28, 2010
I can't believe this closed before I had a chance to see it in the theater. Oh well. I have a problem picturing Adrian Brody as an action hero anyhow. I'll have to settle for the DVD. You make it sound so good though!
July 28, 2010
I can't wait for the DVD release
July 28, 2010
Hopefully it'll be out quickly. They don't have nearly the lag time they used to have.
 
July 21, 2010
Hey, Alex, I am glad you liked this film because I thought it was a good sequel to the original. I am ready to see the next movie! Great review!
July 21, 2010
Yeah man I had a great time with this one
July 24, 2010
by the way, I featured this in our community.
July 24, 2010
Cool WP, thanks
 
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review by . January 01, 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 …
review by . November 27, 2010
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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, …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
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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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