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on 24 May 2017
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on 25 March 2011
The original Predator is one of the crowning jewels of Arnie's action man period; it was scary, violent and, at the time, pretty original. I also have a soft spot for `Predator 2' starring mumble man Danny Glover and set in an instantly dated early 1990s LA. `Predators' in its own way follows on from both of these films, but mostly the first. Several hard looking characters wake up in a mysterious jungle only to discover that they may no longer be hunters of men, but the prey. With a cast that includes Adrien Brody it is clear from the outset that director Nimrod Antal, with the aid of producer Robert Rodriguez, is looking to bring a bit of class to this B style movie.

Brody has appeared in some pretty awful films ever since winning his Oscar, but here he is on top form as the mysterious Royce. The rest of the cast is a mishmash of paper-thin stereotypes all laid out as easy fodder for the Predators; a Mexican gangster here, a Yakuza there. The problem is that the films paper-thin characters exist in a paper-thin plot. It is an incredibly linear tale about people being bumped off, usually in a way that is in keeping with their character, or stereotype they are supposed to represent. Without Brody's leading man the film would have no characters that appeal. Topher Grace does a decent job as the odd one out, but the less said about Laurence Fishburne's cameo the better.

Despite the `Predators' script showing no signs of intelligent life, the film is still fun to watch. The action set pieces are heightened and you feel that the cast can look after themselves in a fight. The final showdown is also of a good standard, taking a modern riff on what we have seen in earlier films. Perhaps the best thing that `Predators' has going for it is that it sticks to tried and tested lore - Arnie's film is even mentioned as if it were fact. This means that although `Predators' lacked original ideas, it at least has plenty of material to work from should they may a `Predatorors'. As a reboot to the franchise, I think it made a decent first try.
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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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on 20 April 2016
INTRODUCTION:

Predators is the fifth of the "Predator" franchise, starting with Predator, Predator 2, Aliens vs. Predator, and Aliens vs. Predator Requiem. Before you watch this movie, you must read the following in order to understand what's going on during the movie. There are four Predators, two larger sized ones hunting the humans: "Berserker Predator", identified by an alien mandible attached to its helmet, and "Falconer Predator" controlling a flying reconnaissance drone. The "Tracker Predator", identified by a pair of tusks attached to its helmet, which controls the quadrupedal hunting animals. These larger Predators attacked in threes. The "Classic Predator", designed to resemble the creature in the original Predator film, is the smaller sized Predator, held captive by the three larger Predators, and later turning against its own kind.

The essence of the plot is that a bunch of humans dropped into a distant planet, to be hunted by these Predators. The irony of the film title is that these humans ended up hunting down these aliens, becoming "Predators" themselves.

VIDEO:

This 1080p AVC MPEG-4 transfer (2.35:1) is top notch, unlike the poor transfer to blu ray for its older brother "Predator" earlier this year. The moody darkness of the film comes through excellently via solid colour accuracy and black levels. You feel like you are actually in the jungle yourself. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound is just as energetic as the video: loud. The sound score by John Debney is aggressive and panoramic, that blanded with the story. The subwoofers also had a great work-out. (4/5)

FINAL THOUGHTS:

It is not a great movie. To most, the plot can be very confusing: alien predators hunting humans, humans hunting alien predators and also alien predator fighting against its own kind. But if you leave your analytical mind behind, this blu ray disc comes with excellent video and audio transfers. Just turn up your system, turn off the lights and wait for that Laurence Fishburne cameo. Recommended.
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on 13 August 2015
Sufficiently scary 😁
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on 22 September 2016
Excellent addition to the Predator Series.
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on 4 May 2017
Great!
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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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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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on 29 November 2010
Having seen the original Predator film with Arnold Schwarzenegger SO many times, that, is still the best of the lot imo. Having gone from jungle to metropolitan jungle with Predator 2 & Danny Glover, now, we have re-entered the traditional jungle surroundings again with Predators, but with a twist. That twist being that this time the jungle is on an alien planet.

Adrien Brody not usally known for his tough guy image, goes in an opposite direction with his character, obviously he cannot emulate Arnies body of the 80's, so although he is toned up with a washboard, he goes for a samrt/quick persona, rather than brawn & it works suprisingly well tbh. Abducted, druged & parachuted into an alien jungle along with several other hand picked specialists from around the World(who all speak English thank goodness), from Samauri triad warrior to Mini gun toting Russian, stir in some Predatros of old, add a pinch of sommething else new & let the hunt begin!!

Overall i thought the film was good entertainment, it tries to hold faith with the original by not oging with too much CGI i.e not Avatar extremes. i couldnt help feel no emotion whats so ever really towards any of the characters in the film, ok maybe it was because they were for the most part scum, but apart from maybe Alice Braga's(she also gets to say a famous line taken from the Aliens film) Isabelle character, and the Predator near the end, lol. There arent really any likeable characters to cheer for. The music playing through the film is that same recognisable from the original score, and the Predator noises/tricks are the same too.

In conclusion, it's no where near as good as the original, no matter how hard it tries. Decent entertainment in terms of taking a step back into the franchise, but it doesnt do enough to make it stand out above what has come before, just more of the same. Worth a watch.
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