Sunday, March 18, 2012

Predators (2010)

A group of warriors and weapons experts from all across the world are transported to an alien planet to face off against an elite band of otherworldly hunters in PREDATORS, the long-awaited third entry in the action-packed series. While director Nimrod Antal strikes many successful chords in the look, sound, and feel of the film, he somehow misses the mark in the overall production. There is no subtlety to be found in the bold references to the original. Instead, PREDATORS shows more imitation than appreciation for John McTiernan's film. The poorly chosen characters are awkwardly assembled, making it difficult to accept that they would work together as a team when there is no sense of camaraderie between any of them. It is also impossible to take Laurence Fishburne and Adrian Brody seriously in their ridiculously over-the-top roles. What is worse, the contrived dialog has Brody's roughneck leader spell out the Predators' plans every step of the way. Despite its many flaws, the lush jungle setting and steady action beats help to drive the film forward. KNB EFX Group comes out the winner with their excellent redesigns on the all-new aliens, referencing the classic appearance that they had helped to create alongside Special FX wizard Stan Winston in the late 80's while revamping them with all-new weapons and modifications. PREDATORS may be pretty to look at with its big explosions and loud noises, but its lack of originality and weak storytelling make it a bland sequel overall.

Rating: 7/10.

19 comments:

  1. I so would give this a go if it was on telly. Like the sound of it.

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  2. I really, really, really wanted to like this movie. I found myself confused on exactly who or what I was supposed to be focused on (beside the special effects) - I have all the other movies in the series....but this one is not going to be in my collection.

    I say that....until the day husband comes home with it one day from the store saying...."look what I got our of the clerance bin!" :D

    Cheers!

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  3. I kind of liked it. The lack of camaraderie seemed intentional to me, playing as a riff on the original. Brody could have definitely been swapped out with anyone, while Fishburne was decent. I wish there was more Danny Trejo though.

    On the plus side, I've got a movie in my review schedule this month with 'Predator' in the title that's guaranteed to be worse...

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  4. I could agree with that. The story wasn't amazing and the dialog wasn't great. Really just another action flick. The one thing that really bothered me was how the people were parachuted onto the planet. While it made an interesting start to the movie, it doesn't make sense to me. With all the cool weapons and technology the Predators have, can't they find a better way to get the people to the planet. Also, how would the guy with the bigger gun survive that fall? The gun would drag him down regardless of the chute.

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  5. Froggie I am with you there, there were no likable characters to latch on to as a central focus. I didnt hate the movie, and enjoyed the moments with the Predators, but it just felt too familiar to the first film. Alec I cant even begin to imagine what you have lined up. I avoid the schedule so that I am surprised every Sat lol.. HorrO, I honestly hated that concept. So stupid and unnecessary. And lets say they did have a good reason to parachute the people in.. Is their technology that flawed that some of the people would fall to their deaths? Really?

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  6. Hey, even Predators aren't immune to the law of averages. It's always possible that their Flux Capacitors or whatever could malfunction.

    As far as likable characters, the lead female is nice enough. She's not hateful or anything. Brody's problem is that his character is written as 'gritty' and can't act nice. He's not inherently-bad or anything- just gritty.

    Actually, if they had switched Fishburne and Brody out in their roles, it would have almost been better. Not that I want to picture Fishburne shirtless and covered in mud or anything...

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  7. But there were Predators in it, so that almost warrants a watch.. Right? =D

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  8. Well I've already watched it, lol. The makers are threatening another so I hear.

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  9. Bring on the original colosseum that Rodrigues proposed and I'd still be in. Hell, I liked Requiem. More than this one, sadly.

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  10. Well that makes two of us, lol. I thought I was the only one that liked REQUIEM which, now that I think about it, we both made that known in another post elsewhere, I think.

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  11. I thought that was the case but I coudlnt remember specifically. So many posts! I'm going to crank the brightness and contrast up on my new TV to see if it makes anything visible in Requiem.

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  12. Yeah, what I saw of 'Requiem' was darker than a collection of Wesley Snipes' head-shots. Too soon?

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  13. Maybe it was my tv settings, but the movie wasn't too dark for me. I wasn't the only one who had no problem with it, but it seems a lot of people said that it was rather dark. I wonder if it was like that in the theater, too?

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  15. It actually looked pretty good in the theaters, which is why I was so surprised on disc. Maybe I just need to mess with my TV settings? I suck so bad at technology. My cell phone literally only accepts calls. No texts. No e-mail.

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  16. I didn't care for this film despite the impressive cast and agree with it being very miscast. This is one film where I think so many high quality actors like Brody, Fishburne and Stultz were a detraction and they would have almost been better off to go with a lesser know but gritter, realistic cast. Would have been a good vehicle for lesser known pro-wresters that have some acting ability (sorry wrestler fans, but wrestling is FAKE and just soap operas for men).

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  17. I completely agree there, Arnold and Jesse Ventura were definitely a draw in the original, but I enjoyed each of the other side characters just as much. This one was bogged down by the odd performances from each of the stars. Blah.

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