Monday, July 12, 2010
Rugged mercenary Royce (Adrien Brody) inherits command of an elite team of human fighters -- including dorky-but-dangerous Edwin (Topher Grace) and tough-but-beautiful Isabelle (Alice Braga) -- as they are hunted by a race of ruthless alien trackers known as Predators. Director Nimród Antal's sci-fi action explosion, which also stars Laurence Fishburne and an uzi-toting Danny Trejo, is a direct sequel to the 1987 blockbuster Predator.
I understand they were looking for "non-Arnold" type for the lead and I'm ok with Brody. I just wished he hadn't tried so hard to sound tough throughout the entire movie; his voice got annoying like Bale in "Batman Begins." But for you not-so-nitpicky Predator fans, this one was great. The talk was just enough to build the story. But since everyone's comparing this to the original, I was expecting a tad bit more gruesome killscenes. Effects were top notch and this one is worth the ticket price.
Well, it doesn't really do anything new with the premise, which I guess can be counted against it. But it is a well done, straightforward hunting/chasing action film. It's put together well and has decent action scenes. I liked the cast - they actually brought a little depth to some pretty on the nose dialogue exchanges. I liked the practical effects. I liked the nods to "Predator." As far as the rest of the franchise, the first one of course is the best. But I'd say this one is probably equal to or a little better than "Predator 2" (the acting was definitely better), and we can just ignore the "AVP" films. The "Predator" franchise is a decent little trilogy now, so that's cool.