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,