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Adding an S doesn't make this 'Aliens'!,
This review is from: Predators (2010) [DVD] (DVD)
It seems a very long time ago when the word `Predator' in the title meant a decent film: a fusion of sci-fi and action with plenty of tension. I gave up on the series after the first (and dreadful) 'A vs P' movie. Despite that I was quite excited when I heard about this Rodriguez re-boot and thought I'd give it a go, especially with that S at the end. One always lives in hope of a new 'Aliens'.
This, however, is not it!
It begins intriguingly enough with a group of soldiers and ex-cons being dropped into a mysterious jungle... but after that it's all rather familiar. This film is very much a re-run of the 1987 original just with a different setting, a few underwhelming twists and some not-so-subtle references to other films ('Aliens', '7 Samurai' etc).
The action is OK, though there is a distinct lack of suspense, while everything else - camerawork, stunts, special effects etc - is efficiently workmanlike. The dialogue is functional but taken down by some puerile and sexist jokes to pander to the teenage boy audience. That's a shame because 'Predator' began as a movie for adults with its 18 certificate. On the subject on dialogue, Brody's voice is risible: from the Christian Bale/Batman school of gruff talk.
Spoilers in this par so if you haven't seen the film, skip on to the next. My biggest gripe was Laurence Fishburne. Now I think he's a fine actor but here he's just going through the loony-motions. He's utterly unconvincing. More than that, his physical appearance is ridiculous. He's supposed to have survived on the Predator-planet for ten years, scavenging what he can; at one point he even says there isn't enough food. And yet it's difficult to imagine a plumper, better fed man! He should really have been told to get into better shape or been fired the day he rolled on to set.
Overall 'Predators' is not a bad film (though it's definitely not a good one), it's just a pointless one. If it hadn't been made neither film history nor the franchise would have been any better/worse off. That seems a terrible waste of time, talent and money.