Predators (2010) Proves You Can Reintroduce a Franchise



Finally, a re-envisioning that hits the mark.

By now you've probably already heard that Predators (2010) is your typical trill ride of summer movie proportions that pays tribute to the original while adding to the mythology of the Predator universe. In this regard the film was everything I expected it to be: action-packed, fast-paced and full of alien cat and mouse tactics. Brody is remarkably convincing as lead bad-ass and resident "grinch" mercenary Royce and the rest of the cast falls into their respective roles as well (however stereotypical they may be).

Of course, not everyone makes it out alive (big surprise) as each killer is picked off one by one, hunted by an apparently new breed of Predator. The story, which really does carry the spirit of the original, doesn't really deviate from its main hook (alien hunters killing human beings) which left little time for me to get know the cast beyond their basic MO. Its also funny to see how less dramatic Brody's trap-setting sequence was than Arnold's (wha- no musical montage?), but it's intelligently executed and offers a chance for us to see some new Predator tech at work.



Speaking of the Predators, the film introduces us to three all-new alien hunters who seem much larger and scarier than past incarnations. There's even a brief fight sequence between one of the new Predators and his smaller brethren which unfortunately comes to an end all too soon. The look and technology of the new alien breed is impressive, but I couldn't help to feel a little disappointed by how easy they are dispatched by their human prey. I won't give away how they meet their end, suffice to say that it happens much to quickly for beings touted in the beginning as being proficiently deadly hunters of all game... even their own kind.

And that's really the film's only flaw: predictability. Despite some interesting additions, such as the "Predator Hounds" and a downright shameful M. Night Shyamalan-inspired twist near the end, you pretty much know who makes it to the end within the first 15 minutes. I certainly wouldn't let this deter you from seeing it at all since its nonetheless deftly entertaining, but it would have been nice to see a signature Quentin Tarantino middle finger to conformity by having Brody die off in the first act much like Feast managed to do. Regardless, its a delight to see on the big screen and a nice will be a nice addition to your DVD collection whenever it drops later this year.





8 comments:

  1. The Mike said...:

    I had pretty much the same reaction, as the respect for the original really won me over. Good stuff, good sir!

  1. Strange Kid said...:

    Thanks, Mike! Yes sir, while not groundbreaking, this film would certainly be one I'd see again with some friends just for the fun of it.

  1. Geof said...:

    Glad to see you giving this one praises because I intend on seeing it too. I am also glad to see that the original is at least referenced in some form. AVP 2 left a bad taste in my mouth, but we have the same kinda likes in film and I trust your judgment.

  1. Strange Kid said...:

    @Geof: I appreciate the vote of confidence! This one is definitely worth the price of matinée admission for the nostalgia factor alone. Light years ahead of that awful AVP crap.

  1. Jon Guerra said...:

    Really want to see this. I'm surprised I haven't yet. Still hoping the Predators finally get a win in their corner.

  1. Strange Kid said...:

    @Jon: They definitely get an upgrade in this one, I'll say that much. As for a win... well, there's always room for a sequel, right?

  1. Paxton said...:
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  1. Paxton said...:

    Yes, I was very happy with what they did in this movie. Brody was good as a bad ass mercenary. I'm a little befuddled by all the Danny Trejo love lately. Why the hell is he in all of these movies this year? That Machete looks good as a trailer, but as a 2 hour movie?

    Yes, they showed some good Predator tech and I loved the convict character Stanz and Topher's doctor character. Great comic sidekick roles.

    I agree, even though this movie is not as effective as the first Predator, it is much better than all 3 sequels.

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