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).
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 .