Predators 2010

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Nimrod Antal

Review Rating: 6

A group of human Alpha prisoners are marooned on a planet where they are hunted by the ultimate Predators.

Most of the movie is frankly, terrible. While Predators is supposed to be the updated and finest most recent movie for the Predators collection and storyline, it would stand up so much better on it’s own, without attempting to ride on the laurels of the other movies. They tried hard to make connections with the previous movies, including the original Predator way back in 1987 with Arnold Schwarzenegger even. Laurence Fishburne is barely in the movie at all, and personally I think they could have done so much better by him than a psycho looney who’s with the main group for maybe half an hour. Topher Grace stars in as Edwin, the self-proclaimed doctor who turns out to be another complete nut-job, after all that’s why they’re there right? If one of these things is not like the other, or claiming to be anyway, then he probably is. Pre-dict-able.

Danny Trejo of all sorts of fame, my personal favorite is Desperado and From Dusk til Dawn, really is in the movie, but it’s so hard to tell – he dies early and barely says anything. We have a Yakuza who doesn’t talk much again, the female former Isreali soldier, and others, but what little there is in the way of plot is sacrificed for action scenes and the proverbial humans being hunted in the Most Dangerous Game, through the brush. Adrien Brody really has never struck me as an antagonist actor, and the character they have him playing in this movie just doesn’t measure up to well, any of the leaders in the previous Predator movies. He tries very hard, and the character himself does seem fairly smart, such as the instance where he decides to release the Predator on the cross in the enemy camp thinking the enemy of my enemy is my friend and all, but in total Brody always struck me as more of the save-everyone protagonist leader type. And to finish, oh but it’s sad, I can’t even recall how the movie ended – it’s that lacking. So not worthy.

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