The Predator

Critics Consensus

The Predator has violence and quips to spare, but its chaotically hollow action adds up to another missed opportunity for a franchise increasingly defined by disappointment.

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From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black's explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe's most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

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Cast

Boyd Holbrook
as Quinn McKenna
Jacob Tremblay
as Rory McKenna
Olivia Munn
as Casey Bracket
Sterling K. Brown
as Government Agent
Alfie Allen
as Former Marine
Thomas Jane
as Military Veteran
Jake Busey
as The Son of Peter Keyes
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Critic Reviews for The Predator

All Critics (273) | Top Critics (36)

  • Yet another reminder that the strange alchemy of the progenitor probably can't be replicated. Hawkins is spinning in his jungle grave.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In this instance, Black seems intent on catering to as many different types of nostalgia as possible.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • How could a movie with so many exciting elements be this boring?

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • What's remarkable is that the results are so blockbuster-bland. It might've helped if Black had stuck to the band of misfits angle, pitting the Predator against a group of war-ravaged vets who have to find a way past their damage if they're gonna survive.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The original was blissfully simple: alien sadist messes with the wrong dude. Here, nothing adds up.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • On the matter of action, Black knows the trade, and it shows: This is by far the best-looking and most pyrotechnic movie in the franchise, with an impressive array of vehicles and hacked-off limbs soaring lovingly through the frame.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jeffrey Bloomer

    Slate
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Predator

  • Dec 22, 2018
    This should have worked (Shane Black directing, co-written by Fred Dekker, Olivia Munn, and an interesting re-examination of the Predator itself) and yet the whole thing feels a little off. The editing is shockingly bad and the effects look like they are from 10-15 years ago. This may have been the product of massive studio interference, but whatever the case this is a real disappointment.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2018
    Shane Black returns to the Predator franchise (this time as director) and turns The Predator into a real clusterf***, but an entertaining one. This time the Predator is the prey as a genetically engineered uber Predator chases him to Earth; meanwhile a band of mentally ill soldiers stage a prison break and hunt down the Predators after crossing paths with them. The cast is pretty unimpressive, and the performances are mediocre at best. And the scrip is just flat out bad; throwing out a lot of political messages while trying to iron out continuity issues with the other films and introducing new nonsensical mythology. But the action is exciting (if not a little gory) and keeps the film moving at a fast pace. Also, Black includes some of his usual off-color humor that lightens the tone a bit. A far cry from the original, The Predator is an expensive looking B-movie that doesn't really fit in with the other films in series.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    I was born in 1987 or the same year the original Predator was released. One might think this means something more or that it's led to some long-standing connection I feel with that John McTiernan movie, but it doesn't and hasn't. I say this more to point out I was too far behind to now have any nostalgic or appropriated affection for that movie. In fact, I've only seen Predator once before in preparation for the 2010 re-boot, Predators, and while the Arnold Schwarzenegger flick certainly makes for an enjoyable enough action movie it certainly didn't hit me the same way in 2010 as it likely did those who were in their late-teens to early-twenties in 1987. For me, it was fine, goofy fun and very much a product of the time in which it was made. And while 2018's The Predator will rank miles below that original for those who adore it and place it on this pedestal of action perfection, which I admittedly can't dispute given the credentials of my birth, The Predator is also perfectly okay. There is a lot going on and it wants to do more than its hour and forty-seven minute runtime dares to contain, but at the heart of the issues with the film is the fact the movie itself doesn't seem to know what its heart really wants. Does this mean there is nothing beating within the core of this movie? Does it mean there's no pulse? Not necessarily. There is so much going on that it kind of creates the illusion of this pounding sense of energy and tension, but energy doesn't always equal an understanding or coherence. There are numerous players playing different games, following several different arcs, but none of them thread together to form a satisfying whole despite countless efforts to present a facade that it does in fact do so. The Predator puts on that it knows what it is, but taking in the execution presented it seems the movie only has ideas of what it wants to be. Writer/director Shane Black knows he wants to make a bloody, irreverent, and fun action movie but for one reason or another everything Black throws at the audience feels like both disparate and sometimes desperate attempts to play to what the masses want never landing a single of the many things as well as he's proven he could have. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2018
    While some of the plot decisions for the sequel to the alien hunter series are not what I would have chosen at all, they are presented with such a confidence, despite of their silliness. that you can't help but accept them. For the most part. Personally I could have done without the science babble, predator-dogs and gigantic mutants. What really works is the pace, the characters and their chemistry as well as the humor. There is plenty of gore too for those hoping for that. The film is thoroughly entertaining, despite of the plot holes and a few rushed parts. Silly, but enjoyable. Could have been greater, could have been much worse.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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