2 reviews: by di giacomo and by Haumshild
the original film, I think the way the Predator is revealed was such a
success because they took their time and they made a meal out of it,”
comments director Antal. “The
terror was supported by the slow burn of the Predators’ reveal. It was something that you hadn’t quite seen.
You don’t see the Predator for the first half hour.
In this film, we’ve tried to replicate that slow reveal.”
.......even the “original” classic Predator has fallen victim to this new “upgrade” of the race...
...This is hell !
"It would also show why the Predator was attracted to Earth’s jungle [as depicted in the original film], because their hunting planet had similar terrain.”
This is hell. Yes, but do you need a parachute to get into hell? It's not hell, it's another planet, a hunt reserve, very similar to our South American jungle. And humans are the prey...the game. Of course chosen humans only: all cold blooded killers, soldiers, criminals. Quite of human predators indeed. Oscar®-winner Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”) is a speedy, agile, intelligent mercenary who lands in almost free fall, at terminal velocity, his parachute deploying only seconds before a deadly impact on an alien world; his last memory is a kidnapping ray a light. Confused but determinated to understand and, above all, to survive and to escape from this situation, soon meets other elite warriors who have been caught and launched into this planet exactly in the same way. He will very reluctantly lead and coordinate this nervous, bad ass group in the pale hope to find a way for remaining alive or even better a way to escape. Strangely, in this group of "chosen" killers there is one person who seems (and i underline seems..) out of place: a civilist, a doctor. Royce wants to know who is the hunter and leads the group to a savage camp where a classic predator is hold prisoner. Through involving sequences of hunt we understand there is a second more terrible race of predators, merciless super predators, faster, darker. In comparison, a classic predator could really become (again, see AvP) an enemy of the enemies, this is to say a friend. But this is the only big connection with AvP, because Robert Rodriguez' Predators gets back to the roots. The parallelism with the 1987 cult movie Predator with Schwarzenegger is evident, sound track included. Predators is not as special as that one, yet it is a good film, the actors are believable, the thrill feeling is well scattered. It is not a copy of Predator 1, although one can understand that producer Rodriguez is a fan of the original movie. It is said this a fan movie made by fans for fans, and i must admit it is true. I am personally a big Predator and Alien fan too and i was not disappointed by this movie that can be truly considered as sequel of Predator 1.
was originally hired only as a writer,” producer Rodriguez explains.
“They were looking for a fresh approach to the material, so I jumped
at the chance. I was a big fan of ‘Predator.’ When
I first came to Hollywood, I met Carl Weathers and Arnold
Schwarzenegger, so I thought a new ‘Predator’ film would be a fun
project to take on.
“What I really loved about the original movie was that it was a hybrid film; it started off as a traditional commando-type Arnold Schwarzenegger action film, where you fall in love with the characters and follow them on this journey. Then it starts turning into a science fiction, alien-type picture. I love doing those kind of mash-ups myself… movies like ‘From Dusk Till Dawn.’ I love mixing of genres. “[For the new screenplay], I knew I wanted to write something set off-world. I loved the atmosphere of the jungle in the original, so by setting my story on another planet I could get back to a similar environment and still make it feel new. It would also show why the Predator was attracted to Earth’s jungle [as depicted in the original film], because their hunting planet had similar terrain.”
plot is minimalistic but not mediocre: thrill, action, suspence of the
hunt and fear are everything. The stunning discovery that the
“original” Predator has fallen victim to this new “upgrade” of
the race introduces the supreme hunter, the ultimate Predator.
3 new Predators: Dog Handler,
Falconer, and Mr. Black. They are bigger, longer, leaner. Brody,
Fishburne and Braga ground the film in reality. Unfortunately
Fishburne's role who portrays veteran surviver Noland, is for me
too short. Anyway he plays a key role in the moment he explains more
about the history of the Predators. “Once you’ve
set up this planet, there’s a lot that can happen there, and once
you’ve seen characters like Noland, you know there’s a lot of
potential stories to tell,” says Rodriguez.
dalia di giacomo rating: 8,5
excerptions from official webchat with Robert Rodriguez:
Rodriguez about Predators: There’s more than one type. More than one tribe. And more than one type of creatures. The humans aren’t the only ones being preyed upon on this planet. The Predators evolve and make themselves better hunters because of the creatures they do hunt and learn from. The Predators we do see are from a different tribe. They are just more sadistic and evil. They’ll do anything to win.
Most of that fight was pretty cool, despite how short it was.
There are a few obvious rules everyone should be aware of when viewing an action movie: 1. don’t expect great acting. Action movies are about visual stimulation not about much else; 2. The story will not be too complex. Why? Because it’s an action movie, it’s for visual stimulation, it’s not supposed to make one think too much. There are explosions, more explosions, fighting, blood, weapons, cool scenery, and attractive women; and finally rule number 3. Action movies are predictable. That’s okay, this is consistent with the other rules. Now that you know the rules of an action movie, on with my review!
Going by the rules stated above, “Predators” is no different than any other movie, except that there’s only one woman in it, but that’s okay. The movie is really about a group of “killers” that wake up in a freefall, descending to an unknown jungle. Eventually the group figures out they’re no longer on Earth and try to survive. Great, I’ve covered the first 25 minutes of the movie, keep reading.
I rather enjoyed the characters although I do think that Mahershalalhashbaz Ali’s (yeah, I know…long enough first name right?) character, could have been a little better. Despite that, he was still one of my favourite characters. His character was that of a member of a death squad out of Sierra Leon. I think it’s cool that the writers threw in a character out of Africa which I think was quite original although the only question I had was; “How does he know English?” But, that would violate a few rules listed above. The other character I really liked was Louis Ozawa Changchien’s Yakuza character, a quiet, well dressed, deadly man, straight out of Japan. As the cliché follows; he has a sword and his back is full of tattoos. Following rule number 3, I predicted there would be a fight between one of Predators and Changchien’s character involving his sword and the Predator’s blade. Most of that fight was pretty cool, despite how short it was. I realize there’s very little more the makers of the movie could do with that scene. Lawrence Fishburne’s character was a bit interesting, he plays a scavenger that is going crazy but had learned to survive. It was a very different role for him to play and I think it showed off his obvious superior acting abilities over the rest of the cast. Adrian Brody’s character, Royce, was stereotypical as was Alice Braga’s character. There’s not much I can say except that they fell in line with keeping the movie predictable. “Royce” was the “hard-ass, loner” character, and Alice’s character was the deadly female character with emotions.
Probably the best moment of the movie came when the two predators were fighting. I liked the fact the writer’s wrote in that there were two types of Predators, a smaller one and the larger one and they didn’t like each other very much which is something I didn’t see coming and was one of the brighter parts of the movie which eventually led to another violent scene with decapitation.Was it a good movie? C’mon, it’s an action movie. Review the rules above, and then you’ll see action movies as I see them. Just entertaining pieces of work where I can sit back, not have to think too much, and be visually stimulated by visual effects, mediocre characters, and not have to ask questions. For an action movie, I’d say it’s pretty good. In 30 years, it’ll be considered a “bad” movie and it’ll be glorious. The movie might even be better in a shittier theater without 5.1 audio or high definition, the way action movies should be viewed.
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