13 November 2010

I'm Gonna Have Me Some Fun

Predators – Nimrod Antal

Another remake here, but will it be added to the pile of worthless, pointless and shit films before it that tried to recreate the magic of the first and try to create a franchise for the cash hungry film companies that will slaughter and kill any dignity they used to have? In a way yes and no. Predators, a somewhat sequel to Predators 2, Nimrod Antal and the production company owned by Robert Rodriquez who also wrote the script many, many years ago take the concept of predators and makes a decent film, but because of the source material not being that great, it feels right. Predator 1 and 2 were never amazing films, only the creature that featured was well liked, sure it had Danny Glover and Arnold Schwarzenegger but the script, the action, the production were shocking. The films felt like B-movies and it was a bit of a cult thing to enjoy them. It’s understandable why when they were used in the unpopular series Aliens vs. Predators, it made us really realise how shocking the creature really is, it got fucking slaughtered in those films, but here Rodriquez gives back the series it’s dignity. Starring an array of strange castings where you wouldn’t normally see it working, but somehow does, the lead male character, Adrian Brody here kinda shines as a maverick, the loner solider who wants to win and will do anything for his survival. Along with Brody, a group arrive with him in the form of Alice Braga, Topher Grace, Oleg Taktarov, Walton Goggins, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Danny Trejo and Laurence Fishburne. A rag tag group of actors who each brings something different, of course no Oscar worth performances and nothing new, but it fits the tone of the film which is very dark.

The film sees a group of people thrown onto a planet or a land where weird creatures live, these creatures are Predators. They hunt in packs, have cloaking devices and have weapons they will blow you up in mere seconds. This group of humans, each bringing different things, coming from backgrounds which will help in their survival with soldiers of different wars, a yakuza, a doctor, a serial rapist, a heavy machinery brute and a knife expert, slowly one by one get picked off. They must survive by killing them before they are killed. The deaths are over-the-top but that’s what you expect and each has their own characteristic. It’s quite cool how they go about explaining the predators in how there are bigger ones and smaller ones, and how they hunt each other. Fishburne, who was already on the island, plays a crazy guy who has lost his mind who the group think will help. Surprise, surprise. It has a decent ending which you knew was coming, well expect for one part.

It’s okay, it has the expectation i thought it would, it never blew me away but it was cool in parts. Worth watching on a boring Sunday night.


Simon Childs

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