Now, I know word has been circulating about how “bad” Alien, AVP, and Predator movies have been lately but trust me, Nimrod Antal’s PREDATORS delivers. Over all this is a VERY good movie by Predator standards. Basically, blowing PREDATOR and PREDATOR 2 out of the water! Just as a little side note, IF you plan on seeing this movie PLEASE go in with an open mind. I found myself constantly comparing this to AVP (One of my top 5 favorite movies of all time) and I will admit it really ruined my experience. Over all this movie is going to be an AMAZING addition to the collection of any Alien or Predator lover out there. I know for a fact that I will probably be picking this up in a few months! (Mostly because I literally own every single Alien/Predator movie ever made, but don’t judge me)
The movie starts out with our main ass-kicking, ex-black ops Adrien Brody falling at terminal velocity towards an alien planet. His parachute activates and opens just enough to slow his decent though a thick canopy, where he makes a rough landing into what some would call a “sub par” movie. At this point I still had hope.
As he wonders through the jungle of this foreign planet he slowly meets up with all the main characters. The Main character is American mercenary Royce (Adrien Brody) is a lone wolf who takes the leadership role and believes ..
“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” — Ernest Hemingway
The other characters you will meet include: Isabelle (Alice Braga), an Israeli military sniper; Stans (Walton Goggins), a convicted serial killer; Cuchillo (Danny Trejo), a Mexican drug cartel enforcer; Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov), a Russian special forces commando; Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), an African death squad member; and Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien), a Yakuza enforcer. As well as the one person that doesn’t belong, Edwin (Topher Grace), who claims to be a “doctor”.
After the group settles its differences they decide to make their way out. Only shortly after the realize that they are merely the game in a predator hunting reserve. Only problem is that this isn’t just any old game reserve, it’s and entire planet. The group also encounters a new enemy we have never see before in a predator movie, Predator “dogs”. Which were a lot scarier then they sound.
They eventually end up in what looks like a predator sacrificial camp. This is where they first encounter the predators and the movie takes off into an adrenaline filled roller-coaster ride, with twists at every turn. Especially a twist at the end that you will never expect and will literally make you say “WOW, I can’t believe I didn’t see that coming!”
The one place this movie lacked, to me, were the fights. I feel like major fighting scenes where lacking the WOW factor. Not many creative kills for this thriller but I think director Nimrod (yes the guy’s fucking name is Nimrod) Antal and writer-producer Robert Rodriguez have created a PREDATOR movie that will please anyone who gives it a chance. This is a MUST SEE for any alien or predator lover out there.
My Overall Rating: 8/10
ALSO CHECK THE TRAILER!