One of the most anticipated movies of the summer (in my house) has finally hit theaters and I got to chance to see it. I’m talking about Predators, of course. As a fan all things involving Predators, I figured if I was going to see one movie this summer Predators would be it. And yes, I’m probably going to only see one movie this summer. Everything pretty much looks like dog shit or I can catch it on Netflix instead of paying nearly ten bucks.
So how was it!? You scream as you tear your hair out wanting to know what some random guy on the internet thinks. Well, I’ll tell you: It was awesome… if you like Predator movies. As you no doubt know from the trailers, a bunch of random tough asses are dropped on an alien planet where they are hunted down by a group of Predators. It’s a fairly simple set-up and one that works for these films.
The good: There are bad ass Predators, some cool fight scenes, and Predators.
What can I say? The Predators are pretty much the only reason to see this flick. I love the bastards and there are a few of them running around kicking ass in order to satisfy my Predator related cravings. What’s great is that when I first heard about this film I panicked when it was supposed to be a “reboot”. The thing I feared the most was changing the look of the Predators. While they do look a little different, it’s explained in the film and it actually works.
Another cool bonus is that there are other types of aliens. You don’t see them for very long, but it’s nice to catch a glimpse of other types of aliens (both sentient and not) that exist in this universe.
Finally, there are lots of great call backs to the original Predator film. That gets bonus points, even if it was just banking on my nostalgia.
The bad: Ridiculous dialog, Adrian Brody, and some really predictable plot points.
What’s great about the bad list is that even though the film has some shitty, and I mean shitty, dialog, it’s hilarious. My buddy Matty (of Being a Dudecast fame) was laughing out lout during some of the quite parts where you are supposed to think the characters are tough, but they fail miserably. I would have laughed to if I wasn’t so wrapped up in trying to figure out if they were being serious. And while we are on the subject of trying to pull off tough, Adrien Brody is not fucking tough. It’s hilarious how hard he tries to be an action star in this film.
Perhaps the nerdiest complaint I have is the lack of Predator weapon variety. Each film, including the AvP series, has featured new weapons. Predators has got one neat addition to the Predator arsenal, but that’s about it. The film is mostly just wrist blades and shoulder cannons.
This movie isn’t for everyone, which should pretty well be evident from the title. If you love ball kicking Predator action, you should like this flick. Hell, just see it so they make more Predator films. We can never have too many.
Oh yeah, if you’re wondering how movies which star a Predator or several rank here you go:
- Predator – If you like any other one first, you are an idiot.
- Predator 2 – You can’t beat that disc and Gary Busey.
- Predators – Many Predators bump this one up.
- Alien vs. Predator: Requiem – This movie gets an undeservedly bad rap.
- Alien vs. Predator – God, what a garbage dump.