The Predator becomes the Prey
Prepare to be hunted. Years after the events of the first "Predator" film (starring Arnold Schwarzenneger), a group of the world's most notorious predators ranging from ex-military, yakuza, terrorists, Russian Spitznaz, serial killers and whatnot; all gathered for one single purpose....to be hunted. For those that are unfamiliar with the "Predator" franchise, the Predators are a race of alien warriors that have often hunted humans and various other alien beings for sport. Unlike the previous films where the Predators would stalk and hunt their prey on Earth, it seems our new story takes place on an uncharted alien planet reservation. A special reservation grounds, where the Predators kidnap killers, from across the Earth, and drop them off to be hunted. Which needless to say, creates kind of a unique twist on the conventional story.
Another thing that's worth noting here, it's that this new movie introduces the concept of there being two different types of Predators. One being the normal one that fans are used to seeing, and then there's the larger ones. Unlike they're smaller counter parts, they don't show any mercy to their prey even when they're unarmed. If that wasn't enough, these new larger and highly advanced Predators not only hunt humans, but they hunt down the smaller Predators as well. Something that adds another unique twist to this once great franchise.
Without a doubt, this is probably the best action film I've seen since "The Losers", earlier this year. The special effects along with the elements of horror and suspense are used masterfully in this movie. Even the mysterious the plot twist surrounding one of the characters, seems to add a new element of danger, that wasn't there before in the previous "Predator" films. As it introduces the concept of nobody is ever exactly who they claim to be. Now, I won't go into too much detail about what I mean by that, as I wouldn't want to ruin it for those that have yet to see the movie. Lets just say you won't see it coming, nor is it even expected.
Unfortunately, outside of a few plot twists to add to an already aging franchise, the story is pretty cut and dry. Seriously, a five year old could probably piece together what's going on in this movie. Well maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but it's really not that hard to figure out. Not saying that the film royally sucks or anything, but it certainly doesn't offer a lot of originality to the series. Sure, there's a few unique concepts added to the Predator mythology, in this film, but the story is still basically the same as the original movie, when you stop to break down the plot's basic concept. A race of aliens hunting humans for sport. Sure, there's a few scenario changes here and there, but the theme is still basically the same. Luckily, it doesn't ruin the film by any means.
In fact, I stand by my convictions when I say that "Predators" was surprisingly one of the best action films, I've seen all year. As director, Nimrod Antal, does an excellent job establishing the tone of this movie that offers familiarity to fans of this franchise, with it's use of tension building through each scene. Each scene building slowly to it's climax, as it leaves the viewer on the edge of their seats with terror. Something that few films these days offer. Plus, I loved how the environment itself was used as a way to build up the suspense and tension, while implementing elements of dangers that never were utilized once in any of the previous chapters.
If that wasn't enough to be positive about, I liked how Adrien Brody (Royce) was the unlikely action hero of this film. Although I never would've imagined him playing any kind of action hero before seeing this, he manages to pull it off quite convincingly. Who says action heroes are dead thanks to superhero films? Although Sylvester Stallone did make a good point about that being the case, in a recent interview for "The Expendables", but with films like "The Losers" and "Predators" out there, then it only proves that they're far from being dead yet. Sure, they may not be as strong as they used to be, but I wouldn't count them out. No, if "Predators" proved one thing, it's that action films can still be every bit as entertaining as they were back in the nineties and eighties.
Although I doubt seriously this film will do as well as some of the other overly hyped films of the summer, "Predators" is definitely worth checking out. Trust me, if you loved the previous "Predator" films, then you'll definitely love this movie.
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