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SXSW: Robert Rodriguez shows off Predators!

03.13.2010

Last night Robert Rodriguez descended on SXSW to bring the crowd the first look at footage from PREDATORS. And as a huge fan of the franchise that has seen the original PREDATOR more times than he'd like to admit, I have to say that the man (along with director Nimrod Antel) has done a fantastic job.

Rodriguez showed us the two trailers for the movie, the first of which will be hitting theaters next weekend with REPO MEN. It's more of a teaser trailer that starts off similarly to the sneak peek posted at the film's official site. The stars fade into the jungle canopy as one of our humans falls to the ground below.

They're all trying to get their bearings and figure out where exactly they are. As they get acquainted with each other we see a number of them - Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Oleg Taktarov - rattling off their experience and it's clear they're all pretty good at one thing: killing.

We have a lot of quick shots of them walking through the alien jungle landscape trying to figure out where they are and the slow realization that they're being hunted. We only see a very brief glimpse of Topher Grace in the trailer as he's lurking through what appears to be some kind of Predator spaceship with a blue glowstick (and he may not be alone in there).

Towards the end we start getting more flashes of the Predators although I'd hesitate to say there's one REALLY good look. You get a look at a Predator hand with a much longer blade than the guy from Schwarzenegger's movie. One of the humans struggling to crawl away from a stalking Predator. Brody then says the line about how they're on a game preserve and they're the game as you see his body being lit up by the infamous red dot triangle sight that the Predators use. We close with a darkened shot of a Predator howling at the moon (or something).

The second trailer we saw would be considered the full trailer I guess. It still was about 50% of footage from the teaser with some new stuff mixed in. Now in the beginning we're briefly introduced to Louis Ozawa Changchien's character Hanzo (a slo-mo shot of him drawing out his sword). New stuff also includes a scene inside the Predators spaceship or homebase or wherever, as the humans have barricaded Predators on the other side of a metal door. They're trying to bash their way through as we see from our side the dents from the sheer force pounding on the other side.

We get more Laurence Fishburne in this trailer too as he imparts some Predators wisdom. "They hear you, smell you and see you..." and later when asked by Brody how you can kill them he says, "However you can." A shot of a Predator picking up a human by the chest and bringing him to face level. More quick Predator action that was almost too fast to process. An extremely brief glimpse of a Predator hound though I think I only saw it because I was looking for it (you get a better look at it in the aforementioned web sneak peek).

I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with the trailers. As a PREDATOR fan, they know what made the first film successful and they're using that in great effect here. There's also not a lot of pulsing rock music and a lot of natural sounds are used to create the tension.

The final piece we were shown was a scene from the movie when a group of the humans are out in the forests when they hear some whispering all around them. I thought maybe the smoke monster was going to come out of nowhere for a "Lost"/PREDATORS crossover but the camera pans around Brody to reveal a gun pointed at his head and the classic Predator helmet. Brody slowly turns around and asks, "What are you?" It pulls the helmet off to reveal...Laurence Fishburne! That rascal.

He tells them that he could smell them the minute they got there and if he can smell them than surely the Predators could too. He tells them a storm is coming so they all better get moving. Brody again asks, "Who are you?" to which Fishburne says in a rather bad-ass way, "The one that got away. The one you don't fuck with." BAM.

All in all, very impressed with what I saw today. I'll be speaking to Robert and Nimrod later today and I have a ton of questions about this film and how it fits into the franchise. Stay tuned for that!

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12:52PM on 03/15/2010
looking good...
looking good...
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2:21PM on 03/14/2010
Looking forward to this.
Looking forward to this.
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8:28AM on 03/14/2010

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3:24AM on 03/14/2010

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excited this is in rodriguez's hands. When i first heard about this a while back I felt hopeful, this is def one of my most anticipated for 2010, right behind tron legacy
excited this is in rodriguez's hands. When i first heard about this a while back I felt hopeful, this is def one of my most anticipated for 2010, right behind tron legacy
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9:54PM on 03/13/2010

Be Real

I love the Predator/Alien movies as much as anyone, but c'mon. This movie is not gonna be a 2-hour epic, its gonna be a 90 minutes gore fest. I will see it, don't get me wrong, but I don't think it will deviate much from the AVP series, unfortunately
I love the Predator/Alien movies as much as anyone, but c'mon. This movie is not gonna be a 2-hour epic, its gonna be a 90 minutes gore fest. I will see it, don't get me wrong, but I don't think it will deviate much from the AVP series, unfortunately
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12:12AM on 03/14/2010
I was about to pretty much post this exact sentiment. The movie will be fun, no doubt, but I don't think it's going to revolutionize story telling or anything.
I was about to pretty much post this exact sentiment. The movie will be fun, no doubt, but I don't think it's going to revolutionize story telling or anything.
8:58PM on 03/13/2010
Im guessing Fishburn is reprising the role that was originally meant for Danny Glover when the script was first written in the 90's with the main characters from Predator and Predator 2. Not just cause he's black, but mainly cause of the reference.
Im guessing Fishburn is reprising the role that was originally meant for Danny Glover when the script was first written in the 90's with the main characters from Predator and Predator 2. Not just cause he's black, but mainly cause of the reference.
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8:07PM on 03/13/2010

This just surpassed Iron Man 2 on my most anticipated of 2010.

Just behind INCEPTION. I mean DAMN this movie looks incredible, heck the preview makes me want to drop some $ for some bare-bones Predator 1 & 2 Blu-Rays!
Just behind INCEPTION. I mean DAMN this movie looks incredible, heck the preview makes me want to drop some $ for some bare-bones Predator 1 & 2 Blu-Rays!
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6:45PM on 03/13/2010

haha!

July can't get here fast enough! I didn't realize this movie was coming out so soon. Movie looks good from what I've seen from the sneak peak!
July can't get here fast enough! I didn't realize this movie was coming out so soon. Movie looks good from what I've seen from the sneak peak!
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5:47PM on 03/13/2010
This just might kick some ass.
This just might kick some ass.
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5:38PM on 03/13/2010

Most anticipated movie 2010

This is officially my most anticipated movie of the year. I can't wait for the full-length trailer in 5 cays. Here's hoping Rodriguez and Antal erase the stink of AVP, and also that we get a hardcore 2-hour movie... none of this 85 minutes crap!
This is officially my most anticipated movie of the year. I can't wait for the full-length trailer in 5 cays. Here's hoping Rodriguez and Antal erase the stink of AVP, and also that we get a hardcore 2-hour movie... none of this 85 minutes crap!
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4:19PM on 03/13/2010
This is Rodriguez's huge F.U. to Paul WS Anderson for screwing up Alien vs. Predator!
This is Rodriguez's huge F.U. to Paul WS Anderson for screwing up Alien vs. Predator!
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4:11PM on 03/13/2010
Fist pump again and again! This is turning into the competition with The Expendables for most anticipated movie of the year! Thank you Robert!!
Fist pump again and again! This is turning into the competition with The Expendables for most anticipated movie of the year! Thank you Robert!!
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2:56PM on 03/13/2010
Can't wait for this movie
Can't wait for this movie
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2:25PM on 03/13/2010

Awesome!

Yeah baby!!!!
Yeah baby!!!!
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1:38PM on 03/13/2010
I just can't take Arnold serious anymore, ever since he became governor. Anyways, can't wait to see this!
I just can't take Arnold serious anymore, ever since he became governor. Anyways, can't wait to see this!
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1:33PM on 03/13/2010
this is actually more in line with what i thought avatar would be like before i started seeing trailers
this is actually more in line with what i thought avatar would be like before i started seeing trailers
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1:15PM on 03/13/2010

Morpheus

is a badass.
is a badass.
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12:54PM on 03/13/2010
Does Laurence Fishburne measure up in awesomeness as much as Arnold did? Id say hell yeah
Does Laurence Fishburne measure up in awesomeness as much as Arnold did? Id say hell yeah
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12:36PM on 03/13/2010
I love what Fishburne says, "the last person in the world you wanna fuck with" was of course a line from Predator 2 trivia fans athough I'm sure everyone already knows that. Hurry up july 9!!!
I love what Fishburne says, "the last person in the world you wanna fuck with" was of course a line from Predator 2 trivia fans athough I'm sure everyone already knows that. Hurry up july 9!!!
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12:24PM on 03/13/2010

Jeanne d'Arc

I've been burnt before.
I've been burnt before.
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12:19PM on 03/13/2010

Me Likey!

I love the classic premise in the spirit of "The Most Dangerous Game" and when it is done well a more enjoyable movie, there isn't!
I love the classic premise in the spirit of "The Most Dangerous Game" and when it is done well a more enjoyable movie, there isn't!
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12:11PM on 03/13/2010

NICE!!!

Check out the 2 min video here, [link]
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11:33AM on 03/13/2010
This sounds pretty awesome. Finally, someone who seems to have the whole Predator thing right. The character and franchise need a fresh start such as this one after the last two (especially the last one) made it look like pulp made out of elephant vomit.
This sounds pretty awesome. Finally, someone who seems to have the whole Predator thing right. The character and franchise need a fresh start such as this one after the last two (especially the last one) made it look like pulp made out of elephant vomit.
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