Predators is the newest addition to the series of films spawned by this one. It was directed by Nimród Antal and stars Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Topher Grace, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Louis Ozawa Changchien and Laurence Fishburne.
A very armed guy (Adrien Brody) wakes up in the middle of a free fall. Fortunately, his parachute opens, before he hits the ground. Unfortunately, on the ground there are quite a few very armed, very dangerous people. But the again, this might not be a bad thing since they soon realise that a) they are not on earth anymore and b) they are not the titular predators – they are the prey.
Predators does a few things very right, but mostly gets wrecked by the really bad dialogues, the most telegraphed plot “twist” in the history of telegraphed plot “twists” and the fact that they kill off my two favourite characters pretty early on. Still. It’s not that bad for an action movie sequel/remake/reimagining.
The good things first: the visuals are absolutely astonishing. When they are on that edge looking over the forest and see the planets? That’s beauty in film making. Plus, the set design is very awesome – the jungle was good, but when they come to that camp it gets really terrific. The action was pretty cool, too.
Also, I enjoyed the cast. I mean, I have a thing for Adrien Brody in general, but buffed up, growling Adrien Brody is really nice. [Though he was overshadowed by sexy Yakuza-guy.] But apart from the sexiness, they were doing a fine job acting, too! Lawrence Fishburne played insane!Morpheus and you could see the fun he was having with the role. It made the whole thing very appealing. The only one who fell really flat, was Topher Grace. Which might have to do with his role.
Which brings me neatly to the bad things: Topher Grace’ role was bad. And that he turned out to be a serial killer was clear the minute we heard his voice for the first time. Also, Chekhov’s poisonous plant? Are you fucking kidding me?
The dialogues were ridiculous. Imagine this scene:
Monster chases our heroes. Another monster kills that first monster and just kind of stays there, looking at the group expectantly.
Alice Braga: [screaming desperately at monster#2] WHAT ARE YOU?
Lawrence Fishburne: [takes off Predator mask] Alive.
There were some nice lines, but they were far and inbetween.
And why would you cast Danny Trejo and let him die within 10 minutes? [Boy, am I looking forward to Machete.] And how could you not focus more on sexy Yakuza guy? His last stand was over way too quickly. [Does that sound cruel? I don’t mean it that way.]
Summarising: It’s a nice action movie but it’s not great. If you’re like me, you’ll get a few laughs out of it, though.