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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The average rating here for this DVD doesn't really do it justice - there's no way it can be compared with the unholy mess that was Aliens v Predators; the cast are much better, there are actually some reasonably-developed characterisations, the Predators themselves are great, and it's got Larry Fishburne as a crazed survivor - what's not to like?!
I wasn't sure about Adrien Brody initially but he proves to be a strong lead and the chemistry between him and Alice Braga's Israeli sniper is good too. The format, whereby the seemingly disparate bunch are picked-off one by one sticks closely to the original's template, and there is even a fleeting reference to Arnie's character from the 1987 movie.
Overall this isn't a cerebral film or a thoughtful Sci-fi study; it's a wham-bam Hollywood popcorn movie, and with that in mind it certainly ticks all the right boxes.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2010
This film does exactly what you would want from a predator film. It takes a little while to get going but once it does it goes at a very entertaining pace. It's a 15 rating so its not as blood thirsty as the first 2 predator films but there is plenty of action and enough blood to keep everyone happy. Adrien Brody plays the lead very well, the supporting cast is good and there are plenty of duels, explosions and laser cannons to go around.

The only disappointment for me is that a fight scene with a samurai sword wielding yakuza mumber against a predator was just not long enough, but still great fun. And if that wasn't enough, we even have the legendary predator fighting an even bigger, badder predator. What more could you want? Anyone who enjoyed the first 2 films will definately like this one. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is because it was never going to be better than the original. GET TO ZE CHOPPER!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After the somewhat abysmal Alien vs. Predator Requiem, the Predator series was badly in need of a reboot if it was to continue. And I felt that it should continuum because AVPR was such a sour note to leave a once great series on. Robert Rodriguez took on the challenge, and has produced a film that doesn't achieve the greatness of the first two films, but is a lot better than AVPR and a worthy addition to the series.

A miscellany of humans, chosen seemingly for their killing prowess, find themselves transported to a strange jungle. It slowly dawns on them that they are being hunted, but by what? Slowly they put the pieces together and, inevitably, come up with a plan to fight back.

It's an OK film. It's a good premise, with the predators plonking the humans into their own game reserve. It manages to have some continuity with the original predator, but is self contained and can be easily understood by people who haven't seen the previous films. The tension is nicely built up in the first half of the film, with some nice set pieces as the group find out about each other and the situation they are in. But then it all starts to go a bit tepid. Here, as the title implies, there are lots of predators. In the original films there was only one, and it seemed a real threat. Here, there are many and they seem to be killed off rather easily, and seem less of an actual threat to our heroes. So the big fights and action scenes lose some of their edge for my taste. It's well staged, and has a decent ending that leaves things open for a possible sequel, but it just isn't quite in the same league as the first two films. So only 3 stars - it's watchable, but no classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 July 2010
I rate this movie three stars, although there are some major points which I really HATED (WARNING: limited spoilers below).

I will begin with the strong points:

1. A considerable effort was made to make this movie look more as the first one - we are back in the jungle, and it immediately helps a lot.

2. There is a considerable number of new elements in Predators hunting technics, which are well thought and very welcome, beginning with the idea of a game reserve on another planet.

3. The eight main characters are well thought and well chosen: Royce (Adrien Brody), who is a mystery, Mexican drug cartel enforcer Cuchillo (Danny Trejo), Spetsnaz soldier Nikolai fighting in Chechnya (Oleg Taktarov), Israel Defense Forces sniper Isabelle (Alice Braga), Revolutionary United Front (an extremely murderous armed band from Sierra Leone) officer Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), death row inmate (and former number 1 on FBI most wanted list) Stans (Walton Goggins), a silent Yakuza named Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien) and an American doctor Edwin (Topher Grace). In my personal opinion Walton Goggins is especially good and totally steals the show every time he speaks.

4. The weaponry of the eight heroes is a very interesting arsenal, with the weapon used by Stans (Walton Goggins) being my absolute favorite...)))

5. The atmosphere of the movie is mostly very good and the settings very interesting. There are also some twists in the plot that are quite surprising.

6. The fights are not half bad.

BUT there are also some weaker points you should be prepared for:

1. The design of classical Predator (body, armor, weapons) was an instant success, because it was simply SOOO cool! But in this movie we meet a bunch of somehow different Predators and their appearance is much inferior to those which we meet previously - and in my personal opinion their masks were especially grotesque and ridiculous! I really really REALLY hope that this idea will be dropped in next movies in the franchise!!

2. In previous movies we get used to the Predators who, although ruthless and sometimes even sadistic, had at least some kind of code of honor - well, do not expect anything like that here! The hunters in this movie are bloodthirsty honorless thugs who have no respect whatsoever even for the most skilled game!

3. The character of Noland (Lawrence Fishburne) is not - in my modest opinion - used to the full limits of its possibilities.

4. The second Predator is killed much much too easily, even if I must concede that the fight which sees his demise is pretty well done. But still - those guys are not supposed to be easy kills! We talk here about things which hunt xenomorphs for sport for goodness sake!

But all in all I rather liked this movie, even if it is in part because I really WANTED to like it! It is certainly better than the previous one (AVP Requiem) and I think it is as good as "Predator 2". And I think that with some corrections, the probable sequel to "Predators" could be even better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Eight 'Elite Warriors are unexplainably brought together on an alien planet with no idea how they got there., however
they will soon learn that they are 'prey' to be hunted down by a merciless 'Alien Race' known as 'Predators'
A tense and often gory battle of survival against the skills of the Alien beings.
Among the cast list - 'Adrien Brody' as 'Royce' 'Topher Grace' as 'Edwin' 'Alice Braga' as 'Isbelle' 'Laurence Fishburne' as
'Noland' and 'Danny Trejo' as 'Cuchillo'
When released there were many negative reviews about the film, however if you've seen the others you know what to expect,
For me it does manage to bring back much of the flavour of the 'Arnie' film, when we were first introduced to the species that are 'Predators' (Of course that was a classic movie)
i enjoyed this myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2014
What did I just watch? I as expecting alot more action with this story.

I either missed the scene in the trailer where all the red dots appear from the predators or they decided to put it into the trailer only to make the film look better.

The plot is ok but seriosuly the whole film drags, no real action or decent characters to care about. The whole alien animal dog thing was just stupid aswell.

Worst part for me was when Laurence fishburne uses a predator stealth suit, oh please -_-.

Dont get me started on the little scene when one guy is talking about rape, not cool.

2 stars for visual effects and for keeping the original soundtrack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Saying almost anything about the plot of Predators (others than it has lots of twists) is going to spoil things. The franchise is alive and well and staying within its own story boundaries. This particular scenario permits us a much wider range of humans for whom to root. There are lots of clues given to later events, so the film repays careful watching, and the sight of Adrian Brophy as an action hero is certainly impressive. Predators does not step outside the style of the first film, so if gore, fighting and problem-solving are not your thing then you'll not enjoy it. I did enjoy it, especially the way it always pulled the rabbit out of the hat.
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on 5 June 2015
Chosen for their ability to kill without conscience, a group of killers, some trained and some who are not, must endeavour the alien race of predators that have set out to target them as prey.

Dropped into the vast jungle of a distant world, these human predators must learn just who, or what, they are up against, and that their ability, knowledge and wits are tested to the limits in the battle of survival of kill or be killed....

Finally after nearly twenty years and two very suspect Vs movies, we get Predator back to it's basic premise, hunt in the jungle. Only this time there isn't a General Hopper to save and there are more Predators, and the group do not know each other.

From the start, none of the characters are likable, not one. We get no insight to there background or any real history from them, we are just thrown straight into the jungle.

And then the fun begins. Like the original, we are flirted with glimpses of the Predator very early on and we get his heat vision every now and again.

But when the movie lets rip, it lets rip and it never let's up until the end.

My only problem with the film is that the director obviously researched the original too much.

First off, we have two characters who have Billys traits from the original. One looks into the jungle scared, and the other guy rips off Billys death straight from the original.

then we have one character tell another the whole plot from the first movie, just in case their are a few people in the audience who haven't seen it.

Fishbourne has a wasted extended cameo in the middle. All he does is explain to the cast the plot of the film, and act a little mad. It's pointless.

But other than that, this is an amazing sequel, and it really makes you forget the AvP movies. There has been a lot of love and time and effort put into this film, and it looks as if Rodriguez knows what the fans want.

It's a typical action movie, not much talking apart from people having a go at each other, and typical characters whose deaths you can see coming from a mile off.

Highly recommended
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One of the biggest problems I had with "Predator 2" was that it abandoned the atmosphere of the original "Predator" movie. As for the AvP movies, forget it.

Well, "Predators" has a completely different cast and setting from the original... yet it successfully captures that grimy, sweaty, blood-stained jungle quality. The difference this time is that all the humans are also vicious killers of one kind or another, and strong performances by Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne and the rest keep us invested despite the nastiness of some characters.

Eight people find themselves parachuted into an unknown jungle: Royce, an American mercenary (Brody); Isabelle, an IDF sniper (Braga); Hanzo, a yakuza enforcer (Louis Ozawa Changchien); Nikolai, a Spetsnatz soldier (Oleg Taktarov); Mombasa, a Sierra Leone death squad member (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali); Cuchillo, a cruel cartel thug (Danny Trejo); Stans, a serial killer on death row (Walton Goggins), and a seeming harmless doctor named Edwin (Topher Grace).

At first, the eight people have no idea who they are doing there, or how they came to be there. They have even more questions when they realize that this jungle isn't even on Earth.

But that isn't their biggest problem: someone is following them through the jungle, and slaughtering these seasoned killers one by one. Also, there's a crazy guy (Laurence Fishburne) who may be a lot more dangerous than he seems. Their only chance of survival is to somehow kill the alien Predators that are following them -- assuming they don't kill each other first.

When I first heard of "Predators," my first thought was that it sounded more like a remake than a sequel. But it does successfully twiddle the original formula -- the humans are all professional killers, none of them know each other, and there is no safe haven for them unless they are able to somehow get a spaceship. Even the "obfuscate the heat vision" scene is turned on its head.

But at the same time, director Nimród Antal and producer Robert Rodrieguez GET it. They know why the original movie worked, and they successfully twiddle the formula without losing what makes it good. The story is simple and mostly straightforward (with a few easy-to-predict twists), with the sweaty, bloodstained atmosphere of people trapped in the jungle.

The one big problem? Well, halfway through the movie we're introduced to the idea that there are different breeds of Predator, and they hunt each other as well as other species... it's never explained enough. It's a bit confusing.

I was initially skeptical of the casting of tall, skinny Adrien Brody as the lead character, but he's frankly pretty awesome -- a lean, wiry, cold-as-ice guy who has a soft spot for "nice" people. The gravelly Batman voice is a little off-putting, though. We get it, you're tough.

And the other actors all do brilliant jobs, fleshing out their characters -- each one gets pros and cons to their personality, no matter how repulsive they may be. Braga and Taktarov are especially good as the only "good" people in the group, who seem to have stable compassionate personalities, while Changchien manages to make a likable, interesting character out of only a handful of lines and a truly awesome kendo duel. And yes, Grace has a wonderfully chilling performance set apart from the assorted soldiers and enforcers.

"Predators" catches the tone and atmosphere of the original "Predator," then twists around the entire formula. Brilliant acting and a simple, solid story.
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on 24 October 2011
I may be one of the few people who liked Predator 2, and even if this one has more of a brain, I still think there's something to be said for sequels made in the same era as the original.

Predators begins pretty badly, all things considered. It's plot recalls the dreaded LOST TV series, which instantly made me think the filmmakers do not understand why Predator (and to a lesser extent, Predator 2) was so entertaining. Worse still, Adrian Brody is our (anti)hero with a prepostorously gravelly voice ala Christian "No Talent" Bale in The Dark Knight.

However, things pick up from there, with a great look, a score which might as well be a reuse of the Predator soundtrack recording (this is not a bad thing) and a plot which, while pretentious at points and trying too hard to mimic the original, does engage and occasionally thrill. The twist (which I won't divulge) can be seen about 10 miles off, but by that point you won't really mind because the overall scenario is played out quite well. Lawrence Fishburne's performance is like the film in microcosm, actually...when he shows up, you think it's going to be a terrible performance, acting schizophrenic the way an amateur theatre actor would and clearly embaressed to be in the film. By his second or third minute on screen, his character very subtly helps change the gear of the film to be slightly more impactful and meaningful. The third act "plan" on part of the characters is a bit of a cheat (again I won't spoil), but much as with the intended "twist" it's lack of success doesn't ruin the film.

However, it does have some more serious flaws, including two major ones that are repeated from the Alien VS Predator films, especially the truly horrendous first crossover. (Here there are minor spoilers) First of all, the current trend of having a Predator team up with the humans may have been hinted at in Predator 2, but it is awful when actually seen as in AvP. Here, much the same thing happens again (though thankfully without any Power Rangers-esque shots of the Predator and a human running in slow motion). Another issue is with the Predator designs...while what is here is mercifully used (I don't mean quick cut nonsense, I mean not on screen long enough to become silly ala AvP) and the "classic" Predator design of the 1987 film is better realised (by Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger) than it was in the AvP films, the new designs stink to high heaven, being simultaneously remiscent of the (silly and politically correct) Celtic designs from AvP, and totally incongruous with the excellent Stan Winston work on Predator and Predator 2.

Regardless, if you can get this movie for under a £5 and you're already a fan, you will be pretty entertained. I'd keep another DVD handy if you're fussy though, it might not be enough for a weekend evening.
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