MOVIE REVIEW: Predators

Predators

Rating: Pretty Damn Good

You have to give a lot of credit to a Horror movie that holds its own against family films and kids movies. Horror is by far the trickiest genre to pull a profit in, and even though this movie probably won’t hit number 1 on the charts, to be in the top three while going up against movies that are considered the standard for successful film making and not get pushed aside so easily says a lot about this movie. That and the fact that opening day it made half of what it cost seems to suggest this movie will be quite profitable as well.

It’s really a movie meant for Predator fans, unfortunately, it’s not as good as the original, but I doubt anyone is expecting that. However, it does try to take things back to the roots of the Predator franchise by reminding people that Predator wasn’t really supposed to a be a Sci-Fi/Action flick, it was supposed to be a Horror/Sci-Fi, and this one does a pretty good job of giving you chills in comparison to all the Predator films that aren’t the first. In that regard, it’s the best sequel so far. So good on them for bringing it back, hopefully we get to see another one and it’s scarier.

What you’ll love:

-A deeper look into the culture of the Predators. Where else is such a veil of mystique drawn over a character as it is with the Predators? I’m dying to know more and each film only gives us a speck of new information, but that speck, that little morsel always makes me excited when I see a new predator movie coming out.
-Good effects; that’s kind of a necessity with a movie like this, I’d be pissed if there wasn’t.
-Cool new predator designs
-Lots of Predator 1 nostalgia, the one-man mini-gun, the music, you’ll really like it if you’re into predator
-A fresh angle on the predator movie that again shows a different side to the many facets of Predator life, in this one, instead of them coming to us, we are brought to them, almost like some twisted amusement park, or like when hunters have a bunch of quails in a cage and release them to hunt… only you’re the quails.
-The AA-12, if you don’t know what that is, you probably don’t like guns, but for those who do, IT’S IN THERE 😀

What you may not like:

-Predator 1 did something better than all the others, characterization. The characters aren’t bad, and that goofy Adrian Brody actually did a really good job seeming tough, which surprised me. However, their silly little “let’s get to know each other” moments are hammy at best.
-The movie cost 40 million to make and yet has a low budget feel to it. That could explain Adrian Brody as the badass, saving money on actors to help pay for special effects. But again, he didn’t do as bad as you’d expect.
-It’d be nicer if the movies all related to each other, as an audience we’re not really being moved in a direction to ultimately reveal the world of the Predators. On the one hand, the Predator franchise is by far the most experimental franchise to date and you never know what to expect other than a whole lotta dead people. On the other, seriously, where are we going with all of this? They bring it back to the original Predator, sure, but they don’t take it any further. Predator 2 did, and then Alien Vs. Predator Requiem did too, but they did so separately from each other, making separate points, and have yet to take it a step further. I really hope some team steps up and ties it all together sooner or later.
-People know stuff, and you’re like… “how do you know that?”

Overall, I’d say that anyone should check out Predator 1, even if you’re not into Sci-Fi, because really it’s a well made movie, with good characterization and an excellent villain who may be cool, but by the end you really want to see him die. Predators falls a little short in that you don’t care about the characters, and because you don’t care about the characters you’re not praying for the Predators deaths. Still, at the end of the day, it’s probably one of the more entertaining Predator films that has come out in a while, and people have really responded well to the movie so far.

So let’s say this: If you’re a fan, see it in the theater, bring friends. If you liked the original, but haven’t really liked any of the sequels or spinoffs, check it out for cheap, matinee or dirt mall discount theater. Anyone else who’s curious, wait for the rental. I’M buying it on DVD. I’ll pay around 15 for a basic one, 20 if it’s got cool extras.

Let me know what you thought,
Kephra

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About Kephra Rubin

I am slightly dyslexic and have a difficulty with writing. It's because of this that I try to write as much as I can. Lately my writing has improved quite a bit and it's thanks to everyone who reads and posts on my blog. Sometimes it is difficult for me to post as regularly as others do since everything requires a lot of rewrites. Subscribe to my blog so you always know when I've got something new up. Thanks in advance.
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4 Responses to MOVIE REVIEW: Predators

  1. JPL says:

    This movie was a sleeper for me. I didn’t expect it to be good, I went in dreading watching it and then I was blown away. It was that good. Violence, weapons, plot twists. It had it all and I would go to watch it again right now. Some catchy one-liners that you’ll want to bring back to yell at the boys. Go, watch it, I wanna know what you thought also.

    • Kephra Rubin says:

      Same here. I mean, it’s not a perfect movie, but it really is a lot better than you would think. Even after reading this you’ll probably STILL not expect much from the movie, which is good, because I think it’s always best to go in expecting nothing, that way you’re reaction is in reference to the movie itself and not the hype that lead you there. Fans really should make the trip out I think.

  2. Fulcher says:

    This number1! Good screen for no english when words not right. Make more L-)

    • Kephra Rubin says:

      You didn’t just call me a loser with your smiley face did you? lol. I’ll pretend that was COMPLETELY accidental. Smily faces are multilingual people, english as a second language does not excuse you. Thanks for the compliments. You make a good point too about subtitles, most of the time I think the subtitles are better than Dubbing because you get to hear the actors and how they respond to things and then read what it meant, emotions transcend language. However, I’ve seen plenty of movies that were poorly subtitled and in some cases didn’t even make any sense. In that regard, this movie is mostly visual in it’s story telling and you can definately piece the film together and have an understanding of what’s going on, even if the words aren’t making 100% sense to you. The cartoon Samurai Jack is a lot like that, even GI Joe was that way, I remember a lot of people where English was their second language they really liked GI Joe and they said it was because it wasn’t confusing. It’s funny too because I’ll go off talking to someone who seems like they speak excellent english, but in truth they’re still translating everything in their head and it makes communicating kind of tricky. I guess it translates over to movies.

      So yeah, if you liked Predators , check out Alien Vs. Predator, GI Joe, Samurai Jack (cartoon/anime), The Replacement Killers, Payback (mel gibson), Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2, Belly, Wrong Turn, The Expendables,

      Hmmm… what else is very visual in its storytelling… maybe Kill Bill, they tend to have visuals that explain what they just said in that movie. From Dusk Til Dawn, The Descent, The Cave, Behind Enemy Lines

      That’s a good list of movies, I’m sure there’s more.

      Thanks for the post!

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