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Predators (2010)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Nimrod Antal

Starring:
Adrien Brody/Royce
Topher Grace/Edwin
Alice Braga/Isabelle
Laurence Fishburne/Noland
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PLOT-CRUNCH
A group of strangers, all with combat/killing skills are dropped onto an alien planet and swiftly figure out that there’s something out there waiting for them, and it ain't no man. It changes colors, like the chameleon, it uses the jungle. So in order to survive, the preys become the hunters. LET HER RIP AND GET TO THE CHOPPA!
THE LOWDOWN

NOTE: You know that money shot in the trailer with Adrien Brody’s body being hit by countless Predator red beams? It’s not in the film. Shame on whomever slapped that in the trailer, I was waiting the whole flick for that shot…grrrr… not a HUGE deal, but it needed to be said.

This planet is a game reserve. And we're the game. – Royce

The original sci-fi, horror, macho action bonanza PREDATOR is one of my top films of all time,  its gory as f*ck sequel PREDATOR 2 has grown on me with age (maybe because today’s movies are more often than none sub par and castrated hence it glows in comparison). AVP had some good ideas but didn't have enough pow-pow and it got tacky in its last block while AVP 2…well… less said about I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST PREDATOR the better. So it was with hopes cranked to COME ON DO IT RIGHT AGAIN ALREADY that I stalked in the theatre for the Robert Rodriguez produced PREDATORS. I craved a mature new entry in the PREDATOR franchise, jonesed for a flick that would capitalize on how great the Predator creature is and the potential that comes with it. And thankfully, before I could say “Bunch of slack-jawed faggots around here. This stuff will make you a god damned sexual Tyrannosaurus, just like me.” it’s pretty much what I got.

PREDATORS started off strong off, dropping its lead players and us into the Predators play pen, to then ably play a deadly game of cat and mouse with lots of guns. The original was obviously this one’s template and often source of inspiration (the winks were countless, right down to similar elements used differently and we even got a nifty verbal reference to PREDATOR). So in keeping in the spirit of the original, this bad boy gave us a group of tough dudes (and one dame) to truck around with. And although nowhere near the Gold Medal of badassness that was Arnie, Weathers, Ventura, Duke and Landham (very hard to beat), I warmed up to this new lot quickly. Personally, I really dug Alice Braga’s character; she was strong, sexy and totally credible. Oleg Taktarov brought the Arnold vibe to the game, Walton Goggins was armed with some mucho warped comic relief, Danny Trejo was Danny Trejo and I loved him for it and finally Adrian Brody once more proved that he’s one of the most interesting actors on the market right now. The dude went from Oscar winner, to lead in an Argento dud (Giallo) and now to bonafide macho action man. When I first heard of his casting, I wasn't sold, but the dude obviously hit the gym and ate a lot of eggs cause he got ripped! Tagged with his low key, always on top of things and cool as a hooker on ice demeanor, I totally bought him as the merc with the most and he was easily my favorite character.

The flick itself was somewhat of a slow burn, much like the original PREDATOR was. It set its stage and capably build on top of its initial premise, slapping obstacles the leads way while revealing more and more as the clock ticked forward Although I pretty much knew what was going throughout, I was still fanboy pleased by the revelations put out….for the most part…. more on that later. Moreover, I really dug the military heavy vibe of the film in terms of the tactics our protagonists took to survive the day, they felt very authentic. Then we had the actions scenes, which were tight when they went down, well choreographed and shot with lots of wides, hence we could actually SEE what was going on. Groovy!. Every time gunfire was brought, it was soothing music to my mothef*cking ears. YEEHAW! Visually, Antal capitalized on his striking locations with skills and he directed to serve the picture. I appreciated the lack of flash and quick cut editing here, there was maturity and class about how he handled the film. What about the effects you may ask? They were on the money 90% of the time. It's hard to go wrong with effects house KNB! The predator dog design and execution owned and the gore when splashed on the screen was handled via practical effects…thank Zeus below (or is it above, the f*ck I know where he lives)! Add to that a sweet score by John Debney who obviously took a lick from Silvestri's outstanding work on the 1987 original, a f*cking visceral show by Lawrence Fishburne who totally went against my expectations and back handed me and a couple of surprising plot turns along the way and you get a movie that’s not as good as the original but that managed to stand on its own tall and proud whilst giving much love to its forefather.

Which brings me to my peeves. First, I didn’t like the new Predators. They lacked physical grace (reminded of WWF wrestlers), their masks were too big and they just weren’t as cool as the sleek and agile Predator I’ve grown to love via Part 1 and even the younger creature in Part 2. Yes the former made an appearance (courtesy of new Jason Voorhees Derek Mears) but I didn't get enough of him, or enough of him doing sick shit for me to feel fulfilled. And where were all of the token Predator weapons? I so missed the flying disk... COME ON! You can't have a Predator movie without those. Furthermore, the affair lagged a tad during its middle section and sported one story beat that I didn’t care for. I won't give it away, but its "Predator race related". I thought that was too much, I didn’t need it. In my book the LESS said about a film’s villain the better it is in terms of keeping said villain scary and compelling. But that’s a personal qualm, who knows you may dig the angle they took. Some of the green screen work wasn’t all that and a bag of chips either, it didn’t take me out of the film, but I noticed. Finally, I though the Topher Grace character (whom I loved) was "unleashed" too late in the game, should’ve used him to his full capacity earlier on in my opinion. But hey, what the slut do I know?

Overall though, I enjoyed PREDATORS, yes it had flaws but after the two AVP films, at last, we got a Predator entry that DESERVES to stand alongside the amazing original and the better-than-people-say-it-is sequel. Wait a minute... you ghostin me motherf*ckers? Cause I don't care who you are back in the world, you give away my position one more time, I'll bleed ya, real quiet. Leave ya here. Got that? Sorry, I had to...:)

GORE
This one had time to bleed! We get a couple of howlers. Damaged face, burst chest, severed Pred head, ripped out spleen, cut off arm and more! Again, I really dug that the gore was done practically as opposed to the CGI highway; somebody has been listening to the fans.
T & A
Alice Braga FULLY CLOTHES was sexier than most, fake big titted bimbos I know. Man that chick is hot! The ladies and whoever else gobbles beef get a pumped up Brody shirtless.
BOTTOM LINE
It's LOST meets PREDATOR! Although not on par with the original, PREDATORS at least showed mucho respect to it while giving it all it had to match it! It had a money premise, a bang on cast (with Brody and Braga standing out for me), some tasty gore, intense action bits, an awesome score that echoed Silvestri’s from the original and a couple of neato surprises up its sleeve. Yeah, I would’ve liked less clunk and more sleek with my Predator creatures, the pace dropped in the middle, the token Pred weapons were sorely missed and some of the narrative choices didn’t fully “agree with me” but as a whole, the film was a blast and it should please Predator fans of the world. It did this one! Now stop me if you've heard this one: "The other day, I was going down on my girlfriend, I said to her: Jeez you got a big pussy, jeez you got a big pussy. She said, why did you say that twice? I said, I didn't...see, cuz of the echo."
BULL'S EYE
The end credit song was "LONG TALL SALLY" by Little Richard. The song played in the original.

The original script had cameos by Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Michael Harrigan (Danny Glover), that didn't happen.

A little birdie told me that the Lawrence Fisburne role was initially supposed to be the Danny Glover role. Too bad, that would have owned!

Latin actress and all around hottie Alice Braga followed in the footsteps of Elpidia Carrillo in Predator (1987) and Maria Conchita Alonso in Predator 2 (1990).

The film was produced at Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios instead of at Fox so Rodriguez could have more creative control.

So how many references to the original PREDATOR did ya catch in this so called review?
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3:05PM on 10/22/2013
No way is this better than 2 imo. It's a slow moving rehash of the first film and it doesn't capitalize on either it's cast nor it's idea's. It felt like it was building to something forever only to end prematurely. You're telling me Arnold and Glover almost get killed by a regular Pred and pipsqueak Adrian Brody takes out a Super Predator with relative ease?
No way is this better than 2 imo. It's a slow moving rehash of the first film and it doesn't capitalize on either it's cast nor it's idea's. It felt like it was building to something forever only to end prematurely. You're telling me Arnold and Glover almost get killed by a regular Pred and pipsqueak Adrian Brody takes out a Super Predator with relative ease?
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8:37AM on 09/27/2010

I would rate it 3...

... but I have to rate it higher to make up for idiots giving it a 0 before seeing it, as usual...

The rehabilitation of the Predator begins at last, after the travesty of the two AVP films. I know some people complained about Adrien Brody being cast as a badass, but is it really any worse than Danny "I'm too old for this shit" Glover in AVP2? I know there were some unusual plot points but personally I'm glad they didn't stick religiously to the accepted Predator canon, and introduced some
... but I have to rate it higher to make up for idiots giving it a 0 before seeing it, as usual...

The rehabilitation of the Predator begins at last, after the travesty of the two AVP films. I know some people complained about Adrien Brody being cast as a badass, but is it really any worse than Danny "I'm too old for this shit" Glover in AVP2? I know there were some unusual plot points but personally I'm glad they didn't stick religiously to the accepted Predator canon, and introduced some new elements (most of which IMO made sense). Above all I think they got the tone just right. About the only things letting it down were the lack of grace in the Predators' movements (the Voorhees effect you described), and Laurence Fishburne, who was great as always but IMO his character seemed to be there mainly to extend the running time. Anyway, it's a proper Predator movie, and I'd now be happy to see the franchise die with dignity rather than be raped some more with another unforgiveable AVP turd.
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3:15PM on 08/30/2010

Pretty good but could have been so much more.

This is the least favorite of the three "Predator" movies. I thought this movie was very slow at times, despite an good cast. Adrien Brody and Alice Braga are solid action heroes. Topher Grace was cast successful against type.

Good make-up effects by Oscar-Winner:Howard Berger and Greg Nictero. The least successful thing about the movie is the script. I wish the "Predator" planet was explore more, the movie needed some more action as well. John Debney did an decent score but too bad, Alan
This is the least favorite of the three "Predator" movies. I thought this movie was very slow at times, despite an good cast. Adrien Brody and Alice Braga are solid action heroes. Topher Grace was cast successful against type.

Good make-up effects by Oscar-Winner:Howard Berger and Greg Nictero. The least successful thing about the movie is the script. I wish the "Predator" planet was explore more, the movie needed some more action as well. John Debney did an decent score but too bad, Alan Silvestri was busy.

Since this is based on a original idea by Robert Rodriguez, who didn`t get story credit in this movie. I wonder, how different was his original screenplay before it was entirely re-written.

Die-Hard fans of the "Predator" movies will like it, others beware. If you wanna see another strong Brody performance, check out the underrated "Splice".
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6:57AM on 08/07/2010
GravitaZ: You MUST have been sleeping during the movie. I was thinking the opposite in the theatre, why reuse ALL the music from the original. If John Debney was going to copy the exact music from the original, why not just use the original music and give the money to Alan Silvestri instead?
GravitaZ: You MUST have been sleeping during the movie. I was thinking the opposite in the theatre, why reuse ALL the music from the original. If John Debney was going to copy the exact music from the original, why not just use the original music and give the money to Alan Silvestri instead?
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10:56AM on 07/12/2010

Music

AND WHERE THE FUCK WAS THE PREDATOR MUSIC!! I didn't get pumped up until i heard it during the end credits.
AND WHERE THE FUCK WAS THE PREDATOR MUSIC!! I didn't get pumped up until i heard it during the end credits.
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10:53AM on 07/12/2010

MEH!

The movie was alright, but after reading Arrow's review I was super pumped so in the end I was a bit disappointed. In My honest opinion the movie needed more action, more buildup of the Predators stalking the victims. The predators kind of just showed up and were like "yo!." At certain points I was convinced that it was Jason Voorhees dressed up in a Predator costume. The whole Laurence Fishburne segment was making me yawn. If the dude is just scraping by, why the hell is he fat as f*ck. I also
The movie was alright, but after reading Arrow's review I was super pumped so in the end I was a bit disappointed. In My honest opinion the movie needed more action, more buildup of the Predators stalking the victims. The predators kind of just showed up and were like "yo!." At certain points I was convinced that it was Jason Voorhees dressed up in a Predator costume. The whole Laurence Fishburne segment was making me yawn. If the dude is just scraping by, why the hell is he fat as f*ck. I also agree, they definitely should have expanded on the Topher Grace character more, maybe giving subtle hints on his true character throughout the movie. What was the deal with big dude not being able to hit the broad side of a barn with a freaking railgun?? He should have been shredding shit! Maybe I need to watch it again because I was super tired in the theater, but over all to me "meh" was the best way to describe it. I was thinking about "inception" next week the second I exited the theater.
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2:42PM on 07/10/2010
Haha you may have a point there, even though your reviews are totally awesome and straight-up, that's half the reason I come to your reviews for a second opinion... Thanks for answering me man, really nice/cool of ya


And I'm sure I'll enjoy the movie, seeing it tonight!
Haha you may have a point there, even though your reviews are totally awesome and straight-up, that's half the reason I come to your reviews for a second opinion... Thanks for answering me man, really nice/cool of ya


And I'm sure I'll enjoy the movie, seeing it tonight!
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3:48PM on 07/09/2010
Hey McameronM! Am pretty sure my cussing keeps me off RT...:) I hope you enjoy the movie man!
Hey McameronM! Am pretty sure my cussing keeps me off RT...:) I hope you enjoy the movie man!
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3:23PM on 07/08/2010

(Raises hand)

Hey Arrow, would you PLEASE do me a great favor in answering me this question... Why on Earth are your reviews NOT on Rotten Tomatoes??? I mean, Chris Bumbray and JimmyO make it on there but not you!?!? That's insulting


And I'm so excited for this movie, I would see it tonight but it's not playing at midnight around here :( F*ck it though, I'll be seeing it tomorrow... I hope to GOD it makes a good bit of money. Usually movies nowadays that you want to exceed, doesn't, so hopefully people
Hey Arrow, would you PLEASE do me a great favor in answering me this question... Why on Earth are your reviews NOT on Rotten Tomatoes??? I mean, Chris Bumbray and JimmyO make it on there but not you!?!? That's insulting


And I'm so excited for this movie, I would see it tonight but it's not playing at midnight around here :( F*ck it though, I'll be seeing it tomorrow... I hope to GOD it makes a good bit of money. Usually movies nowadays that you want to exceed, doesn't, so hopefully people get out and see this
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