Predators (2010, Science Fiction Action) – 5/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Nimrod Antal
Writer: Alex Litvak
Writer: Michael Finch
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Jim Thomas
Writer (Characters’ Creator): John Thomas
Producer: Robert Rodriguez
Producer: John Davis
Producer: Elizabeth Avellán
Adrien Brody: Royce
Topher Grace: Edwin
Alice Braga: Isabelle
Walton Goggins: Stans
Oleg Taktarov: Nikolai
Laurence Fishburne: Noland
Visual Effects Supervisor: Robert Rodriguez

Predators (2010)

A group of unrelated largely military types plus a murderer and a doctor are kidnapped only to wake up freefalling towards an immense jungle. After their parachutes deploy and they land, they team up to work out where they are and how to get back to civilisation but it quickly becomes clear that they are here for a very specific purpose: to be hunted.

5/10

This is a commendably tightly-focused film that doesn’t overreach itself and is never bad or embarrassing or stupid. However, it’s also never exciting or thrilling or suspenseful. Additionally, there is never any imagination or inventiveness in any of the action scenes or their presentation. When tackling a superior foe, tactics become your only avenue for gaining an upper hand. Clearly presenting then executing those tactics is something the 1987 John McTiernan / Arnold Schwarzenegger classic did brilliantly (in addition to being utterly thrilling) but here, even though the climax is tactically almost identical, it’s done without communication and suspense. It’s just done. it’s almost like a Powerpoint presentation of the first movie; all the pieces are there but it’s difficult to get involved in.

This movie contains sexual swear words, strong adult dialogue and substance abuse and graphic violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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