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  • The addition of Grace may seem odd, but the movie handled it well
  • I thought that Adrian Brody would have also been miscast, but he takes on a believably gruff demeanor and while he is fairly skinny on a normal day, he bulked up for the part and I actually bought him as the type of character that he plays
  • It isn't deep or symbolic, but it was incredibly entertaining and I highly recommend checking it out


    • by David Finniss

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      After ‘Scream 4′ and ‘Apollo 18′ my cinematic palate needed cleansing. Fortunately, ‘Predators’ delivered just what I was hoping for. It’s especially impressive as sequels and follow ups to the original classic haven’t fared very well.

      Unlike a lot of franchise relaunches, this doesn’t reboot or retcon anything. It’s true that the first movie is the only one that gets any direct mention, but at no point does it contradict anything we had seen before. It is largely a stand alone movie so you can acknowledge whichever movies you want or don’t want as canon.

      The premise is rather straight forward, a bunch of mercenaries, soldiers, and ne’er do wells are dropped into a jungle with no knowledge of how they got there or who put them there. This makes for


      a great audience gateway as none of the characters know each other so we learn what’s happening and what everyone’s deal is along with them.

      Credit to the cast and crew, even if you know going in where they are and why they’re there (which really isn’t all that hard to figure out), the movie plays out in such a way that there is still tension and dread about the mysterious circumstances in which the characters now find themselves.

      One aspect you might find lacking is characterization. Most of the characters go nameless throughout the movie so you have to identify them by archetypes. There’s the Russian, the Yakuza member, Danny Trejo and Topher Grace.

      Fortunately, the cast all do well in their respective roles. I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of Danny Trejo, but what can you do? The addition of Grace may seem odd, but the movie handled it well. He’s supposed to be out of place in this cast of hardcore mercenaries and killers.

      I thought that Adrian Brody would have also been miscast, but he takes on a believably gruff demeanor and while he is fairly skinny on a normal day, he bulked up for the part and I actually bought him as the type of character that he plays.

      The conflicts between the characters felt natural and everyone had their chance to shine. So, while you don’t get an in-depth psychological analysis, there is enough meat there for the viewer to get invested in what happens to these people.

      Of course, the major draw for movies like this is the action. This is really where the ...


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      movie shines. Much like the first one, this movie has several sequences where your jaw will either hang agape or you will just get giddy over how awesome the sequences are.

      I really liked the Yakuza vs Predator fight. It was a great showcase of the actor’s abilities (he really was an expert in that form of swordfighting) but also let the Predator’s strength and skill shine through.

      It’s also a nice nod to how their culture works. When the Yakuza draws his sword, the Predator is cloaked. It could easily have just blasted him, but it decloaked, unleashed it’s arm-blade and was more than willing to engage him in honorable combat.

      While the Predator’s tactics are vastly different, I did like how they incorporated actual hunting methods into their strategy. They

      have aliens that act in a similar capacity to hunting dogs in order to flesh out prey and one of the predators has this “falcon” gadget that gives them an aerial view. You could argue that it gives them an advantage, but it felt like a natural addition since they are a race culture based on hunting.

      Know ahead of time that this movie is rated R and it earns it. If you’re not a fan of profanity, this movie uses it rather liberally. If violence isn’t your cup of tea, this won’t be either. I, myself, had a blast watching it. It isn’t deep or symbolic, but it was incredibly entertaining and I highly recommend checking it out. If you were a fan of the first one, this one should satisfy your cinematic viewing needs.




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