Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Penny Thoughts ‘12—Predators (2010) ***

R, 107 min.
Director: Nimród Antal
Writers: Alex Litvak, Michael Finch, Jim Thomas (characters), John Thomas (characters)
Starring: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Lawrence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Carey L. Jones, Brian Steele, Derek Mears

I would call this just about the best a “Predator” movie can be. It isn’t exactly high concept stuff, the whole alien hunting humans as if they’re game thing. But, in the three films of this franchise proper, the filmmakers have succeeded in making this bloody idea entertaining and fun. “Predators” is the best of the bunch.

Instead of coming to our planet to hunt us this time around, the ugly Predators have transported their human game to a game preserve planet for their hunt. Once again, the game are mostly mercenaries and the series actually references the original movie for the first time since 1990. All the rules are back in place now that we’re done with those stupid AVP movies. It’s hot. It’s a jungle. And our heroes have no idea what’s going on.

These mercenaries don’t know each other and one doesn’t seem to belong. I like how the title applies to both the alien hunters and the human game. It ain’t just the Predators who are predators in this franchise. Lawrence Fishburne throws a wrench in the works and Topher Grace gives the predator mythology a new definition of ‘predator.’

Read my original review here.

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