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This review is from: Predators (2010) [DVD] (DVD)
Predators is a predictable semi-remake of the original that is devoid of innovation and subtlety, and annoys you in the way all crap modern films do.
I had wanted this to be good. It's been nearly 20 years since we saw a well thought out Alien or Predator film (Alien 3, though flawed did at least have good suspense and acting). What do we have here? A remake of the original, which forsakes all the good things (wit, suspense, character) and replaces them with bland, straight-faced characters; a bizarre cameo from a lardy Laurence Fishbourne and some badly rendered video game predator "dogs"....
Despite being set in the jungle again with more elite soldiers, the film starts alright (in the sense that it isn't totally pants) -- though obviously ripped-off from the original and there being zero characterisation, there haven't been any OTT CGI moments yet -- and for 45 minutes or so you are sat there tentatively thinking it might have at least been plotted all the way through. Sure enough, though, once things get going, it soon degenerates into an awful mess (becoming as subtlety developed -- running from one crisis to the next -- as an episode of Scooby Doo) and you realise (without even the luxury of reluctance we used to experience) it isn't going to improve.
I can remember a time when (retrospectively great) films like Piranha and Jaws 2 were frowned on as being naff, as they weren't as good as Jaws. I dread to think what sort of trash we will be watching 20 years from now if we're looking back at this with rose-tinted spectacles...