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Predators
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11.04.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Nimrod Antal

Actors:
Adrien Brody
Alice Braga
Topher Grace
Lawrence Fishburne

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of battle-hardened warriors; including a mercenary (Adrien Brody), a sniper (Alice Braga), and a drug cartel enforcer (Danny Trejo) are transported to the Predator home world, where they are hunted for sport.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
PREDATORS is a movie that perhaps I was a little too keen on when reviewing it this summer. To be fair, the first half of the summer season sucked, and compared to ROBIN HOOD, THE A-TEAM, PRINCE OF PERSIA, THE friggin' LAST AIRBENDER, and TWILIGHT ECLIPSE- PREDATORS seemed like a revelation. However, just one week later, INCEPTION came out and reminded us all what a real blockbuster should look like.

That film seemed to redeem the summer somewhat, and after that a slew of solid genre films (EXPENDABLES, SCOTT PILGRIM, PIRANHA 3D) came out, which led to PREDATORS losing it's luster somewhat.

Re-examining the film on blu-ray, I'd say that yes, PREDATORS is still a damn fine action flick, although it doesn't hold a candle to the original PREDATOR or even PREDATOR 2. However, there's enough here to still warrant a look- especially the strong star turned by a radically ripped Adrien Brody.

Truthfully, prior to PREDATORS I was not a Brody fan. Sure, he was great in THE PIANIST, but after that I just found him underwhelming, and a bit of a hipster poseur. Luckily, Brody's signed on to some good films recently, and between this and HIGH SCHOOL (a future cult-classic) he's really coming into his own. One thing's for certain- Brody looks the part of an action God here, with him packing on mounds of muscle. While he's no Schwarzenegger, he still looks damn imposing, and I found it easy to accept him as a mercenary.

Supporting Brody, we get the always excellent Alice Braga, who brings equal parts heart, sex appeal and kick-ass to her role, which has more than a little in common with the classic Vasquez character from ALIENS. As for Topher Grace, while he was a disaster in SPIDER-MAN 3, he`s perfectly cast here, although the less said about his character, the better as I don`t want to spoil the twist.

That said, the highlight of the cast has to be former SHIELD turned JUSTIFIED badass Walton Goggins, as a death-row inmate transported to fight alongside Brody and co. Goggins gets all the best lines, and once he disappears from the film, it becomes a tad dry.

Another plus is the awesome score by John Debney, which so expertly emulates the classic Alan Silvestri score of the original film, I was convinced he composed the soundtrack rather than Debney. The film is also extremely well cut, with the quick-cutting common place in wannabe-action flicks like THE A-TEAM, more or less absent. We also get a refreshingly low-key use of CGI, with practical effects seemingly being used for most of the Predators (their CGI tracking hounds are a different story).

THE EXTRAS
This blu-ray is pretty stacked with bonus features, even if the lot of them are a tad boring. First off are a couple of Motion Comic Prequels , giving some background to some of the supporting characters in the film that lack development.

Next up is a commentary track from producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal, followed by three behind-the-scenes featurettes and some deleted/extended scenes .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While not the 8/10 I claimed it was when I reviewed it this summer, PREDATORS is still a damn solid sci-fi action flick, and a worthy follow-up to the first two PREDATOR films (lets just pretend the AVP films don`t exist). It`s a solid rental, and a good purchase for fans of the series.
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2:53AM on 12/03/2010

BOOO!

This trash-rehash was the worst thing I saw on the big screen all summer long, no joke.
This trash-rehash was the worst thing I saw on the big screen all summer long, no joke.
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10:25AM on 11/04/2010
Agree with your comment on AVP. The 1st AVP was okay by me but AVP: Requiem was a big let down.
Agree with your comment on AVP. The 1st AVP was okay by me but AVP: Requiem was a big let down.
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