Posted on 5/14/11 01:12 PM
Pumping, raging, exploding, dashing, astonishing, twisting, overcrowding, refreshing, satisfying!!!
"Fear is Reborn." This science fiction action movie is actually the fifth of the Predator franchise and its the next best thing after the original. For starters we return to the jungle, but not any random jungle, and the hunting begins like never before. A group of selected players find themselves stranded in "hell" and the predators are about to play in their field. There are no rules, but survival of the fittest! Directed by Nimrod Antal who did a wonderful job, this movie contains great references to the original and its well executed by all.
The characters and acting are very good, there is variety, and they all try to collaborate for their benefit despite their lack of faith in each other. Royce (Adrien Brody) an American ex-military soldier turned mercenary who wants to be his own man and hates taking orders, "Say goodbye to your little friend!" Isabelle (Alice Braga) the gal with the sniper and the kind heart, "I've never seen this jungle. And I've seen most." Edwin (Topher Grace) a doctor, or at least that's what he claims to be, "Fuck... all of you!" Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov) a Russian commando, quiet and effective, "So, it's like evolution. They're trying to make themselves into better killers!" Stans (Walton Goggins) a death row inmate with a crazy yet stated mind, "Hey. You know what? Fuck this. This is bullshit, man. I want a gun!" The rest are nice as well, and of course the high-and-mighty aliens "Classic Predator" (Derek Mears), "Tracker Predator" (Carey Jones), and "Falconer Predator" and "Berserker Predator" (Brian Steele). They look freaking awesome, deadly, smart, and very cool with their gadgets.
There is a great deal of violence, gore and profanity amongst all species and its literally a fight to the death. You can feel the tension and the heartbeats as these characters as they try to find the strength to keep on fighting even if they are exhausted. They never give up, they are willing to take cruel decisions, they have no time to feel remorse, and overall they struggle for a chance to see the light of a new day. There are some memorable scenes and lines, moments of scary silence, highly intense scenes on the run, and amazing interracial fights.
The visual effects are really impressive! For those who have already seen the original, its like watching those effects in their improved modern version. The visuals make the movie better and interesting to follow. The directing is decent, and some shots at excitement and can even scare. The music is by John Debney and the main theme by Alan Silvestri, and the background scores enhance the mysterious and intense atmosphere nicely, without overdoing it.
In general this movie is good! The story and the characters are interesting enough and some worth your attention and sympathy more than others, but they are all pieces to the puzzle. The movie has really good action scenes, but also suffers from slow pace. There is emotional attachment to some, but definitely not for all, and the predators themselves seem to be able to express both positive and negative characteristics, alike humans! I think its worthy of a shot if you enjoyed the original, and if you have nothing better to do ;)
"There is no hunting like the hunting of a man. And those who've hunted armed men long enough, and like it, never really care for anything else thereafter."