Predators

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

I haven’t a lot to say about Predators except that on the whole, I enjoyed it. I think it was smart to go back to basics, as it were, and this film is as straightforward as it gets following some overly complicated entries in the series.

Of course, it’s difficult to go too wrong with a Ten Little Indians premise involving a bunch of bad assess in the jungle, and for the record, I think it would be difficult for anybody to claim that Predators ever really goes wrong. At worst, the filmmakers deliver just enough with the set-up that it passes muster without really exceeding expectations. Predators is exactly the movie one would expect it to be–nothing more and nothing less.

That said, I was tempted to rate this one a half a star higher based purely upon the performance of Laurence Fishburne, but given that he only sticks around for a short time, I won’t. Fishburne is, in any event, hilarious, and his scenes are easily the most compulsively watchable of any in the entire film. In a way, I might have preferred to watch a film that followed this guy around throughout the ten seasons he claimed to be hunting on the game preserve planet. In fact, I wish somebody would write that comic book, chronicling his descent into madness.

[Note to Darkhorse, or whoever holds the Predator license these days: I’ll write that comic for you for next to nothing.]

The remainder of the dramatis personae are generally unremarkable, though I feel obligated to say a word about Adrien Brody. Brody is just about the last actor one would expect to play the lead in an installment of the Predator series, let alone the lead role of a grizzled mercenary. And yet, apart from looking slightly ridiculous wielding the seemingly anime-inspired huge-ass gun with which the movie saddles him, he does the part justice. Granted, it doesn’t require a classically trained actor to play grizzled, but then again, a week ago, I watched Splice–in which Brody played a spineless hipster scientist–and the difference between that character and this one is remarkable.

As action heroes go, he’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course, but he’s more than serviceable, with extra points for playing so far against type.

And that’s about all I’ve got to say about that. For more, read Donald’s review at Blessed Are the Geeks.

4 Replies to “Predators”

  1. Thanks for the plug.

    And, yeah, this is a cool movie if all you want to watch is a film about predators killing humans. It’s almost as good as Predator, which is about the highest compliment I could pay to any Predator movie… except for the first Predator, of course, which *is* Predator.

    And this movie was pretty much all about my boy Larry Fishburne, who should’ve been in it a lot more.

    1. I fell asleep during the middle of this movie. Not because it was bad – but because my husband started watching it at 1:30 in the morning! He works the nightshifts at Xbox Live and on his days off he stays up pretty late.
      I meant to watch it later, but never did before the on-demand time thingy ran out.
      From what I watched, I thought it was pretty cool. I was also suprised by Brody. He pulled it off and I believed in his character from the first few moments on-screen.
      And Fishburn needed way more face time in that movie – that was kinda dissapointing. (unless he comes back later in the movie and I just missed it or something…) :/

  2. There was enough to like about Predators that I would recommend it, to be sure. If nothing else, the opening scene in which Brody’s character is falling through the sky and you’ve no idea why was a neat and inventive way to begin, and it immediately draws you in.

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