Sunday, December 19, 2010

Predators - 2010

"Predators" - 2010
Dir. by Nimrod Antal - 1 hr. 47 min.

Official Trailer

by Clayton Hollifield

This was a competent movie, but that's about the best thing I can say about it.  The action was fine, the story was okay, the acting was okay.  But if you've seen any of the Predator movies over the years, the cat's sort of out of the bag.  Everyone already knows what the Predators look like and what they're capable of, even if the cast of the movie hasn't figured things out yet.  And, in fact, knowing more than the characters do made me kind of want to root for the Predators to just murder everyone in the most brutal way possible.  The interplay between the humans wasn't anything to take note of, so why root for them?  The way the movie turned out, it was strongly suggested that the humans aren't anything more than replaceable meat anyhow, and in that case, no one is going to root for an ambulatory can of Alpo over their dog.

The predictability of "Predators" really hurt the movie - I know that in action films part of the enjoyment is in hitting those sweet spots along the way, but even the lone twist to the film was pretty predictable.  Even then end battle lifted heavily from the original "Predator."  Unless you're a super-Predator fan (which I'm not), I'd probably skip this one.

2 / 5 - DVD

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