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Predators
Reviewed by Genevieve Fricker on 9th July 2010

20th Century Fox  presents a film directed by Nimród Antal
Written by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch
Starring: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo & Walton Goggins
Running Time: 106 mins
Rating: MA15+
Released: 8/07/2010 


2/10

 


Eight trained killers are dropped from the sky into a non-descript jungle, each with no memory of how they got there, no clue as to who the rest of the party is, and no reason as to why they are there.  As various disembowellings and overly elaborate death traps reveal, they are in the domain of the Predators, or more specifically, an intergalactic game park where humans are kidnapped and hunted for sport by a variety of Predators.


Adrien Brody and his team of mercenary misfits in “Predators”

You can imagine how the rest of the film unfolds – members are picked off one by one, they are befriended and betrayed, and it ends in a showdown between the hyper-buff Adrien Brody and a Super Predator. It’s all entirely predictable, which is fine, but not when a film deals exclusively in half measures. We go to these films for explosions, gore and terrible dialogue, and Predators gives us a small taste, then abandons us with undercooked characters who range from mildly offensive to intensely distasteful (the shining example of this being the oddly contrived “raping some fine ass bitches” speech). I don’t mind hating characters, as long as they die in spectacular ways. But none of them do, none are likeable, none of them relatable, and despite some real gem dialogue ("Whatever it is; wherever they're from; we're gonna kill them all.”), none have the charm to pull it off.

Technically, Predators comfortably straddles the middle road. The CGI already looks dated, the alien jungle animals and plants are too familiar, and the actual Predators look like little more than the men in suits they are, thoroughly reducing any scare factor. That being said, the best scenes are probably the brawls between predators.

It’s all too safe, as if the script was written so it could be easily optimised into a companion video game. The actors seem to be unengaged with each other or the script, which makes the film shudder along. Narrative twists seem to have been thrown in half heartedly, resulting in almost inexplicable motivational changes for characters who could have been so much more, and an ending that leaves the franchise so open to a sequel it’s almost slutty.

Predators does nothing for the legacy of the original films, which is a real shame. 






 
 



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