At least the creatures still look decent alongside the timeless one!
Though its script is filled with predictability, plot holes, and unoriginality, Predators is still a mostly fun action-packed reboot that pays excellent homage to the first.
The cast is quite good, with a hardened Adrien Brody doing a decent job attempting to fill the shoes of his legendary predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Playing more into the "badass Black-Ops" type of character than Arnold's "mass of muscle", Brody eventually proves he can hold his own as a lead action star, even if with a handful of cringe-worthy lines. Other familiar and unfamiliar faces appear to flesh out the cast of (anti)heroes, with Alice Braga standing out as a great female lead, and Topher Grace offering some necessary comic relief as well as an interesting character twist. There is also a fantastic sword fight between the Yakuza assassin and a Predator, and a great Predator kill of a human via spine-removal.
The Predators themselves are fleshed out more than in the original, and a new breed of stronger Predators are introduced, complete with their own rules of hunting. As a minor setback, I felt that the Predators lacked any memorable new weapons, and the mask of the final one looked silly at times. In the end, "Predators" is a film that will never fully live up to its predecessor, playing more like a cliched homage to the original than its own standalone film. However, it still offers a violent, thrilling and appropriately campy viewing experience which just might succeed in bringing you back to the good 'ol days of '80s cinema.
This Movie Gets Right Into The Action From The Start, & Though It Lacked Some Of The Elements That Made The First Predator A Top Notch Action Packed Army Movie, It Was A Good Try At Trying To Stay To The Typecast Of The Original Film That Had Captured The Admiration Of Action Movie Fans...
(Or You Could Say A Movie For Dads That Like Movies!)
A Group Of Human Predators
(As They're Know To Be On Their Planet)
Awaken To Find That They're Falling From The Sky With An Electronic Parachute On Their Backs That Will Put'em On The Ground Safely. Unknowing Each Other; Nothing That Is Going On Makes Any Sense To'em At First, But Soon They'll Find That They're No Longer On Plant Earth & Whatever Planet They're On Isn't Exactly A Vacation Plant.
"The Pluses + Are"
(Though I Was Surprised To See Him In An Action Film Like)
Did A Top Notch Job As Being The Lead Character; Laurence Fishburne Also Gave A Top Notch Performance As Being A Sub-Plot No-Mad Character That Appeared For A Short Time, The Seats Were Well Done, & The Action For This Type Of Film Was 'Bout As Good As Could Be Expected.
"The Negatives - Are"
Adrien Brody's Character Is The Only One In The Ensemble That Had Enough Depth Or Interest That Makes You Want To Care About A Character.
(If They Ever Remake Jaws They Should Get Him To Play)
The Plotting Was Predictable, You Could Pretty Much Predict Who Was Gonna Eat It First, & Who Would Make It To The End Of The Line For The Last Showdowns. Because There Wasn't Enough Time To Build The Characters Up They Didn't Really Play Off Each Other, & There Was No Humor Of Any Kind Other Than The
(If You Find Humor In That)
The Weapons Of The Predators Were The Same Old Thing From The Previous Films, Which Most Likely Is A Disappointment To Fans That Wanted To See Some New High Tech Stuff From'em.
With All The Pluses + & The Analytical Negatives - That Will Be Ignored By Most All Action Movie Fans, This Movie Will Entertain Action Movie Fans.
I Give This Film A B - (Bright) **** 1/4
It is also interesting to see Brody in a not typical role.