When an elite team of private military operatives receive a lucrative contract for a new mission, they think it will be a simple in-and-out operation. A wealthy and powerful venture capitalist (Eric Roberts) has called in the Blackjacks to retrieve his top scientist from a secret energy research facility. To make matter worse, not only has he lost all contact with the labs, his highly-valued scientist holds the key to an unprecedented alternate fuel source. Unique to this mission, the team are assigned a female psychic operative, Lisa Westbrook (Kristina Anapau), to help locate the target deep within the maze of the underground complex. Upon arrival, however, the team is ambushed by a bloodthirsty, extra-dimensional creature, that has brutally mutilated the on-site security and staff. With their advanced tactical training rendered all but useless, the Blackjacks are forced to rely on their psychic guide and utilize a new brand of cognitive warfare if there is any chance of making it out alive.
A crack private team of ex-military operatives is hired to find and retrieve a senior scientist from a secret research base in Khazakhstan. On arrival they find the security detail dead and after locating the scientist they realise there is something hunting them that is not human.
Nowhere near as dire as some reviews will have you believe, this is a very short (77 minute) film created on a tiny budget. Unlike a lot of films that follow a group of ex-military types, in this case the group is reasonably believable. An odd inclusion is a female psychic who has a proven track record in locating people and for the most part, she added some extra depth to the production. Unfortunately she did occasionally exhibit some strange behaviour - most of the time she is portrayed as a hard-as-nails sassy tomboy, but there are a few instances where she is just about to break down in tears. And then she is rock hard again. Small criticism but it pulled me out of the action as it was not in character.
The filmmakers did try to create backstory but only for a couple of the characters, and while this helped the story, in the end the was nothing done done with these stories to add any significant value or assist in the film's closure.
The pace of the film is quite good, never dragging or feeling overly rushed.
When you do get to see the predator which is only towards the end of the film, the digital effects are pretty good. Similarly to what was done with some of the characters and their histories, there was some attempt to provide a reason for how it got into the base but this was just by a few passing comments and more explanation about this would have been really interesting.
It sounds like I have a lot of criticisms, but overall I thought this film was pretty good for a budget production and it kept me interested to the end.
If you are a fan as I am of the regular Predator series then don't be fooled by this title. It holds no relationship to the former. This is in honesty the biggest load of rubbish I have had to endure since I took my young son to see the Spice Girls in the 90's. And tbh the acting in that was far superior in comparison to this tripe. The plot is pretty much non existent and it took most of the film before the Predator was actually shown. And then you end up wishing it was left to the imagination as this special effects and not in any way shape or form actually special. In fact I assume the makers of the original King Kong that's around 100 years old would be ashamed if their special effects were as un special as these. The Wooden Tops from the 60's. were better animated. I've given it a 1 star rating as they don't have an option for a 0.1... Utter Rubbish.
I didn't expect much from this film but I was still disappointed in an unexpected way. The things I expected to be dissatisfied with such as acting and special effects were okay (Acting actually good. Special effects adequate). But the disappointment was the plot which even for something basic was poor and contrived. Lots of extracts of conspiracy from the evil boss when it would have been more enjoyable just to go for an all action film. Why try to add extra plot to a film that lacks one and makes little sense anyway? Score for the actual blackjacks team alone 3, score for the plot and other elements 1.
DONT bother with this film,good acting,a 76 minute film that takes60 minutes of a crack rescue team to get a scientist from under a nuclear station to go through each room shouting clear,,,clear,,to finding the scientist who let a creature in some how (it doesn't show) that take nearly 400 rounds of bullets and still lives and then for the sniper to take one shot to it and kill it,then a second one appears and while the siren is alarming that he reactor is going to explode three men and a woman escape under an electic door.B O R I N G
The working title for this film was "Blackjacks" the name of the private operating group that conducts itself as Navy Seals. I suppose "Seal Patrol" test marketed better in the US, even though there is no real patrol or SEALS. An incident happens, or is caused by Dr. Whitmore (Roark Critchlow) at a private secret underground reactor in Khazakstan, a nation Herman Cain can't find on a map. Once communications is lost Silicon Sara (Tina Casciani) who only gets important messages while in the shower, thank you, is the first to know. Her boss (Eric Roberts) hires the Blackjacks to find out what is going on at the facility. They take along with them Lisa (Kristina Anapau), a psychic human bloodhound with the expected minor telekinetic powers who doesn't shower.
Once they arrive, you can start scratching your head like you did watching that Indian Jones and Crystal Skull thing.
The movie was done in a faux-grindhouse style, not knowing what direction to take. The acting was horrible (hint: Eric Roberts is top billing). The plot was poorly developed. The character building was ineffective. You do get to see the creature who sees life through a green filter, about 15 minutes from the end of the film. Feel free to help yourself to a "B" and cheese rental.
Parental Guide: F-bombs, shower nudity (Tina Casciani). No sex.
Let me start by saying I'm a big Alien and Predator fan so I did not for one minute think this film would live up to any of them. I was right. But having said that it was a so so sort of film one guy says the alien is like a monster from Dr Who (no) I would say more like from Primevile. The troops and weapons work well and we do get some good shoot outs... Oh and they reload unlike in some movies Ive seen. All in all it's a TV film not a block buster rent don't buy you won't be watching it twice.