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Predators (2010)

Predators ReviewReviewed by Buz “Danger” Wallick

Starring Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Derek Mears

Directed by Nimrod Antal


Let’s just cut to the chase: The Alien vs. Predator movies have given us all (with taste anyway) the film equivalent of having diarrhea and being forced to shit into a bowl of boiling hot chili filled with piranhas. In other words we were violated. This fanboy was ready to give up hope and accept the fact that both the Alien and Predator franchises were dead and we would never experience such joys ever again. Happily I can report I was dead wrong.

Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal’s Predators is pure action sci-fi at its best. While it is not without flaws, Predators is certain to please a general audience and make the fans squeal with excitement and nostalgia.

READER, BEWARE; THERE BE A FEW SPOILERS AFOOT!

The movie opens with a bang or, more accurately, a fall. Royce (Brody) wakes up suddenly, confused and shocked to see himself plummeting to the ground from an incredible height and at an incredible speed. With just seconds before certain death, he hits a strange button on his chest that ejects his parachute, and he crash lands through the trees into a foreign jungle. We’re then hit with the title: PREDATORS. The breakneck pace of the opening is just a small tease of what is to come.

The best thing Predators has going for it is the characters. The biggest problem with most horror/action/sci-fi films these days (and even more relevant, the previously mentioned AVP films) is the lack of memorable characters or character development. In the original Predator we got to know most (if not all) of the characters. They had their own stories and backgrounds, and each one was interesting to watch. Now finally someone at Fox understands that and the benefit it was to the franchise. Nearly every character in Predators is interesting and entertaining to watch in his or her own right. Even if they truly are horrible human beings. You can’t help but sympathize with these human predators because you so badly want them to succeed against a force that is far worse. I would honestly go as far to say that the Japanese yakuza Hanzo (played marvelously by Louis Ozawa Changchien) is probably in my top five favorite characters of the whole series. He’s right up there with Mac and Billy. So major points to writers Alex Livtak and Michael Finch for delivering the goods.

Predators ReviewAnd huge props to the actors who gave all these characters life. Everybody puts in a great effort, and it pays off in spades. Especially the likes of Danny Trejo (playing Cuchillo, which is Spanish for “butterknife”), Laurence Fishburne as the stranded (and slightly crazy) Noland, Oleg Taktarov as the Russian special forces soldier (with a mini gun) Nikolai, and of course Adrien Brody as mercenary Royce. Everyone else is great as well (yes, even Mr. Topher Grace is good); it’s just that those previously mentioned happen to be my personal favorites in the film.

Speaking of favorites, the original Predator and Predator 2 scores by Alan Silvestri are two of the best scores of all time. There was something very tribal and raw about the sound of those movies, and Predators composer John Debney gets it. Not only is he able to keep Silverstri’s unique score of the original movies, but he mixes it in an updated and inventive way. If you don’t know Silvestri wasn’t involved in Predators, you would think he did the composing himself.

In addition, the direction, cinematography, and editing are all top-notch. There was some worry on the fans’ part about Nimrod Antal taking the reins on Predators, mainly because he isn’t an especially established director and he’s working with a very established franchise; however, he proves himself and delivers some stellar action scenes with fantastic pacing and not crazy jumpy editing where you can’t see what’s going on. Thankfully there’s no shakey cam here. Also, the fact that you can’t really tell that this movie was shot on HD and not film will blow your mind. It looks so close to film that I guarantee you’ll have a hard time telling the difference. Pay close attention, and you’ll notice one specific shot that I have not been able to get out of my head for the past week. It’s an overhead shot of a calm field, at night, with grass blowing in the wind and two very distinct and determined warriors sizing each other up. Even if you hate everything else about the flick (or even the franchise in general), this scene alone is worth the price of admission. Without spoiling it too much, here’s one hint: samurai sword.

Now for the true hunters of Predators. While the predator in AVP:R was a step up from the Down syndrome versions that were in AVP, it still wasn’t anything close to Stan Winston’s masterpieces from Predator and Predator 2. Thankfully, KNB EFX Group came through and delivered some extremely kickass predators and creatures. Especially the newly designed Super Predator, which has a completely fresh and badass new look. While this new breed of alien is very similar to the old, there are a lot of differences. As Royce points out in the film, “The way a wolf looks different than a dog.” While some will love the classic predator, which is affectionately featured (and awesomely portrayed by genre favorite Derek Mears) more, the new predator design is still terrific. While the predator hounds are very obviously CGI, their design and ferociousness make a very cool addition to the overall mythos. And even the original design of the predator in the first film (as seen in the behind-the-scenes) makes a quick cameo as one of the planet’s indigenous creatures. Also, Brian Steele and Carey Jones deserve a special shout-out for their performances as the Mr. Black Predator and Beserker Predator, respectively. They’d make Kevin Peter Hall proud.

Unlike in AVP:R, the homages are not overdone and nauseating. Throughout Predators there are a few nods to the original film, and of course the classic “motherfucker” line is used, though personally I think it’s in the wrong place. All in all, it’s obvious the filmmakers have a great love for their source material.

Predators ReviewNow for the bad. The movie at times can get a bit predictable. From the very moment all the characters are introduced, you know something is up with a certain character and it’s pretty obvious what the twist will be even though it isn’t revealed until the last 15 minutes of the movie. And while Alice Braga turns in a good performance, her character is mostly by the numbers — the sympathetic voice of reason who’s a hard ass but has a heart of gold. And of course you know which two characters are going to survive to the end. Nonetheless, that doesn’t make it any less fun of a ride getting there. Honestly, did any of us think anybody but Arnold was going to be facing off with the Predator in the original? A complaint, yes, but a very minor one.

Speaking of facing off, I don’t want to spoil too much, but if Arnold can’t physically take on the Predator, how in the hell can Adrian Brody? That was definitely a little unbelievable, but in a movie about alien hunters killing humans for sport on another planet, it’s acceptable. Other than that, it’s too bad there wasn’t more of the predators messing with the humans. They do their voice copycatting here and there, but it would have been nice to see just a little bit extra. Overall, though, Predators is a kickass entry into the franchise with plenty of blood, guts, testicle punching action, spine ripping goodness, and a whole lot of Predator badassery. It’s easily the best summer movie of the year thus far, and it will definitely be an absolute blast to see in a crowded movie theatre.

While the original is still the best and Predator 2 will always hold a very special place in my heart, Predators is a worthy sequel that merits being seen on the big screen. It certainly wipes the dirty taste of the bad sequels out of our mouths and should guarantee a great many Predator fans out there will be havin’ some fun this Friday night.

4 out of 5

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  • NeoKefka

    While I appreciate people coming to my defense, I’ll admit that Tristan Simms was right. My earlier comment was something that I didn’t put a lot of time or thought into, and was just a lazy, stock response. Wrote it up and posted it in a few seconds. I had come out of the theater enjoying the hell out of this movie and when I saw the negative comments here, I wanted to say something in its defense. So, since people are just up in arms over it, let me take another shot it.

    I enjoyed PREDATORS because it was something that’s becoming more and more rare these days: a fast paced action film that doesn’t dick around with superfluous subplots and gets to the damn point. It’s charging out the gate before the titles hit and never lets up. It never lets much time pass before it throws a new twist or set piece at you. I liked that it was the first sequel that understood that one of the things that made the original film work is a sense of mystery. I felt that it did a good job of building and maintaining tension as the characters learned more and more about their situation.

    Speaking of which, after the interchangeable non-entities and slasher film rejects from the AVP films, I appreciated that they actually made an effort to give us actual characters in this one. Are they the greatest characters ever? No, but they’re memorable and distinct from one another. You say their name and I’ll know who your talking about. Despite the script saddling them with dialogue that ranges from bland to downright bad, I thought the cast was solid across the board. Hanzo was a fun character and I think Royce is one of the franchise’s best, because both the script and Adrian Brody’s performance didn’t shy away from him being an asshole who wasn’t above using people for his own purposes.

    I liked that even with a fair amount of cgi, the film emphasized practical effects and stunt work. Complain about it being lifted from the first movie all you want, it doesn’t change the fact that seeing half a dozen stuntmen roll down a hill, off a cliff and plummet a hundred feet into a river is impressive to watch. I’m also grateful that there’s still one director out there who knows how to stage, shoot and edit an action scene so you can see what the hell was going on, instead of shaking the camera all over the place and editing the footage with a chainsaw in an attempt at being “frenetic.” I enjoyed all the action, with my favorite scenes being the trap sequence and the showdown between the Predator and Hanzo.

    Also, I love the basic concept of the planet being this game preserve that rival clans of Predators use because that can be built on and explored in many different ways in successive movies. Because of that, this film does a better job of giving the franchise a fresh start and direction to go in than a simple remake or reboot or whatever would.

    And on top of all that, hearing Long Tall Sally over the end credits put a big smile on my face. Callback to the first movie or not, it’s a fucking awesome song.

    Was it perfect? No. Fishburne seemed to have been dropped in from a different movie, there are some clunky callbacks to the original film and the second act could have used more Predator action. But as far as I’m concerned, it succeeds more than it failed. It’s a solid comic book-style b-movie and I’ll grab it when it hits blu-ray.

    You guys wanted somebody to argue for this movie…there you go. Or more than likely you just wanted another opportunity to tell people how wrong they are and make a goddamn federal case out of, oh horrors, somebody liking a movie that you didn’t. (Not to name any names: Terminal.) Well, there you go too.

    Needless to say, considering the divisive reaction we’re seeing here, I can’t wait to see what kind of Dinner for Fiends we get out of this movie. And that’s all I have to say on the subject.

    • GJW

      Well said. I enjoyed reading that and feel you have some valid points. I have only seen half of this so far but liked it. I read all comments that didn’t state “spoilers”,and unfortunately some did so I kind of know what is to come,but I did that at my own risk so no biggie. I’ll watch the rest and probably come to the movies defense better at a later date,and probably will see this when it hits dvd. I will say this. I got just slightly past where the first character died and we got a taste of the voice impressions,I REALLY wasn’t too impressed how they took him out. FIRST DEATH…..let’s be a LITTLE more creative.

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    • thefyn

      You can have good movie that borrows from the premise of the original and still make a great experience.

      Look The Fly. Not a sequel, but they had been there done that characters.

      Seth Brundle…A mad scientist…yeah, that hasn’t been done before. But god damn did he do an amazing job at it.

      If you are going to borrow from what has already been done before: Do a bloody good job of it.

    • Terminal

      NeoKefka you couched your sentence in such a way that I’m not sure if you’re taking a jab at me or just leaving an opening for a rebuttal, so I’ll just say: whatevs homes.
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      • Rottenjesus

        “Whatevs”? You’ve been to the Bloody Disgusting boards haven’t you? That would explain a lot.

        • Terminal

          Please come up with better put downs.
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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Tristan Sinns

      >>”a fast paced action film that doesn’t dick around with superfluous subplots and gets to the damn point. ”

      That’s the philosophy of plenty of Asylum films. :\

  • Cinemascribe

    I enjoyed it a lot. Snappy dialogue, solid performances (Brody,Grace and Fishburne were the standouts) and pretty much non stop action. I particularly enjoyed the story thread that developed around the “classic” Predator.

    I sincerely doubt anyone will walk away from this film espousing the virtues inherent in the aesthetics or discussing the profundity of the themes, but that seems to be the point.. This movie clearly exists for one reason: To be fun…and it was.

    It was indeed predictable at times and there’s at least one major “twist” that anyone who has reached the age of reason should catch far before it’s reveal, but I really didn’t care. Bottom line on this: I wanted to see a movie about a race of advanced alien hunters laying down the thunder on a group of humans bad asses and that’s what I saw.

    Let’s be honest here- this isn’t exactly high art we’re discussing. Was anyone ever truly scared during the original Predator? I saw that film in its’ theatrical run and though I found it intense and exciting, it never for a moment scared me. ALIEN was the scary one . Predator is a b-movie concept jacked up as an A-list sci fi action offering. Predators fits the same bill nicely.

    And in other news: Horror website Dread Central is apparently taken over by IMDB as seemingly endless flame wars erupt over a film review. Plus, our inside feature on Lindsay- Suffering starlet or justified jail-bait? Film at eleven.

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    • GJW

      To reply somewhat to the question you put out there about being scared with the first:
      I remember after seeing the first one (in theatres) I was thinking at the end “That’s it? That’s all the “thing” is? When you finally see the full Predator after seeing the humans through it’s eyes and glimpses of it while invisible, it IS somewhat anti-climatic. Now, the film grew on me and I like the franchis….but what do people want out of it for Christs sake. They’re aliens,with advanced tech,that wear some tech body armor and hunt stuff. NOT real elborate.

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  • NeoKefka

    Man screw you all haters. Was it uneven? Yes. Did it have some clunky moments? Yep. Did it shortchange some of the ideas it threw in? Definitely. But it was still one hell of a ride. It was nice to see both an action film that knew how to MOVE and a sequel made by people that got what worked about the original film. A seriously fun flick.

    • Tristan Sinns

      The above post could be directly copied and pasted into a thread about Twilight by one of its supporters and wouldn’t really sound out of place.

      I mean, really, you can’t acknowledge all the flaws in the film and simultaneously disparage everyone else who also noticed the flaws in the film.

      • Rottenjesus

        Almost like you and the FUNNY GAMES remake. Irony!

        • Tristan Sinns

          The fact you cannot defend this film without bringing up something totally irrelevant is evidence of failure. Gratz on losing.

          • Rottenjesus

            Yet you called me an idiot for no reason because I didn’t like your crappy remake. Oh and attacking that guy’s post and comparing it to a Twilight comment is pretty irrelevant as well. It does paint you as being a big fucking douche. Good job!

            So you’ve failed more spectacularly than I have. You are a true champion.

          • Tristan Sinns

            >>”Yet you called me an idiot for no reason because I didn’t like your crappy remake.”

            What in the world are you blathering about? I mean – did I call you an idiot over two years ago in the Funny Games thread? You’ve seriously been nursing a grudge all this time? Just, wow. You really shouldn’t take anything I say too seriously, or at least not that seriously. This is the internets and grudges should die after three months of inactivity. Go outside and play.

            In any case, I compared the OP to a Twilight poster’s rant because it is a stock attempt to defend the indefensible. The “I know it’s flawed but I love it and screw all you haters!” defense has been used with Twilight, Avatar, the last three Star Wars films, and now Predators.

          • Rottenjesus

            Way to generalize almost every post on every board in the history of the internet. Jerk!

            Seriously though, not everyone is going to love what you love or have the same standards that you do. You don’t have to be such a (reasonable) dick about it. That’s all.

            As for me, I don’t hold any particular grudge or anger against you. Just got fired up and came out swinging. :)

          • GJW

            See,this is why I missed Terminal and wonder where Floydian is. Those two would do this for DAYS and extend a thread into 4-5 pages long after the story has grown tired. LOL. Have fun guys,just an observation not meant to offend either of ya just kind of laughed to myself remembering those two going on,and on,and on………..and on LOL

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          • Terminal

            Those days are long gone, lol. I’ve found better lodgings. I come here about twice a day at most. Only because I love you.
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          • GJW

            As I read I grew sad.But you ended on a high note.LOL

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          • Terminal

            You complete me.
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          • GJW

            Mommy, make the scary man go away.

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    • thefyn

      “The ride” reminded me of the ride to work.

      I’ve done it so often, seen the same things over and over, it becomes one gray uninteresting blur and I am happy when its over.

      • Terminal

        My favorite line:

        “What… the fuck are you?”
        “Alive!”

        Wow, brilliant screenplay. Shitty ass movie. I’ve yet to read arguments FOR this movie, it’s been mainly people saying “Yeah that was stupid but the movie was good!” or “It’s not the best ever, but it was good!”

        If “It’s not the best ever” is the criteria these days, then it’s easy to wow audiences.
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        • The Buz

          Um….I believe I stated it in my review. Along with all the complaints you guys are saying. Just that those complaints didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the movie. It did for you guys, but oh well. Can’t make everyone happy. But I sure was. Can’t wait to see this again.

          • thefyn

            “The best thing Predators has going for it is the characters.”

            That is simply incorrect. It’s not even an opinion. It is a nailed on fact that these characters were dogshit.

            The Condemned (WWE movie)

            Steve Austin as Jack Conrad (United States) A former special forces operative who was arrested in El Salvador for blowing up a building controlled by drug dealers.

            Vinnie Jones as Ewan McStarley (United Kingdom) After four years as a British S.A.S operative and three “peace keeping” tours of Africa,

            Masa Yamaguchi as Go Saiga (Japan) A political assassin by trade, Saiga failed to snipe a prominent Japanese lawmaker, but what landed him on death row was his revenge-inspired killings of 27 soldiers who had allegedly attacked and raped his girlfriend.

            Emelia Burns as Yasantwa Adei (Ghana) While traveling through Morocco, Yasantwa moonlighted as a drug runner until her dealers raped her. She fought back, allegedly torturing and murdering her attackers before getting caught and sentenced to death row.

            Manu Bennett as Paco Pacheco (Mexico) Along with his wife and fellow contestant Rosa, Paco was condemned to death row for murder and robbery. Paco had prior charges of grievous bodily harm and conspiracy.

            Marcus Johnson as Kreston Mackie (United States) He escaped from prison in 2002 and fled to Malaysia. While there, he set up a shop dealing hash and fell in love with a native girl. When she got busted for possession of drugs, she turned him over in exchange for a lighter sentence.

            Nathan Jones as Petr Raudsep (Estonia) Also known as “The Russian”, he stands 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) and weighs 340 pounds (150 kg).

          • Terminal

            You had about four paragraphs of stating how “awesome” the movie is, while you spent about two paragraphs noting the slight flaws. The movie was filled with gaping plot holes you could drive a truck through. I guess some people are just more forgiving than others.

            “The best thing Predators has going for it is the characters.”

            I mean, seriously? Predator had wonderful characters, Predator 2 even had interesting characters, but Predators characters were on par with the AVP characters. These people had very little exposition and convenient backstories. Ooh Isabelle knew Dutch, that’s so convenient! It was just annoying one-liners and people stating the obvious for about most of the movie.

            I read on another website a comment I tend to agree with: I think people have been so beaten down by the AVP movies and bad games that they just accepted this and convinced themselves it was good. The movie does nothing but muster up imagery from “Predator,” that’s a cheap fall back for a writer with no confidence in his movie.

            Lame movie, seriously.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • thefyn

          SPOILERS….

          Positive: I did like the intro when they wake up mid air. Then the sense of being there folded when (SPOILER) one of the shoots failed to open and the guy died on impact. Predators can fly across galaxies, have light bending armor, but has a 15% fail rate when it comes to designing a parachute?

          Then when the cookie cutter criminals/soldiers/heroine started attacking each other (and missing with rail guns etc) it just got fkn depressing.

          The only positive that was consistent was the world they created. It was a really good set. The awkward shambles of seeing yet another Mexican related to cartels (Machette preview made me chuckle and cemented the Mexico is a drug infested violent hellhole according to Hollywood)

          And the Yakuza samurai spirit? Yakuza are samurai experts now? Honor death? Yeah never seen that before from an US movie portraying Asian culture. Yakuza are more likely to be peddling young girls into Japan than sacrificing themselves to a group of strangers.

          Somethings got Billy spooked. It’s the almost racist stereotyping that had me wanting to slap myself for trusting this could be a good movie.

  • mirkodega

    Well Buz, I didn’t read your review. I scrolled down to the rating and saw 4 out of 5, got up and went to the theater. Holy cow, someone did a sequel right for a change. I’m planning on seeing it again this weekend.

  • James Coker

    I agree with Everything in Buz’s Review, I had a blast seeing this, plus FUNNY GAMES FUCKING SUCKED, my thoughts on the film are EXACTLY the same as Uncle Creepy’s on the 4th Wall episode of Dinner for Fiends

  • Barfneck

    I didn’t care for this, nor do I understand how any fan would like it either. I don’t think enough happened. It was very predictable. One of my main problems right out of the gate was the score. My wife and I both thought the music was poorly chosen. I think it would’ve done better without a score rather than the one they used. I wouldn’t necessarily say I was disappointed or let down with this movie because I wasn’t expecting much.

  • Genrewriter

    Just got back from the movie and had a great time with it. Loved the stuff KNB came up with, dug the performances and the script was actually decent for a change.

  • Terminal

    Yet another disappointment of 2010. It’s watchable and something worth having on in the background if you’re doing something more interesting, but otherwise, it’s barely good. It’s just there, it begins, it ends, and you move on with your life. I was bored in many instances, huge plot holes, the acting was lethargic, Braga’s confrontation with Dutch as a child was convenient, etc. It’s just nothing worth creaming your pants about. I’d rate it at 5/10, at best.
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    • Rottenjesus

      I’d rate your post 5/10 as well. It’s just there y’know?

      • Terminal

        Damn that was an effing brilliant response. How DO you do it?
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        • Rottenjesus

          Well, when I reply to one of your posts it does make me look rather brilliant by comparison.

          • Terminal

            Ooh, touche. How can I match that level of wit?
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          • Rottenjesus

            Don’t post. That’s the only way you’ll win.

          • Terminal

            Oh I see what you did there…
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    • Tristan Sinns

      After disagreeing so much over Splice and Survival of the Dead, I’m glad we at least agree on this one.

      • Terminal

        Tristan, no one is as surprised as I am. It’s not an awful flick, but it’s something I’ve forgotten very quickly. There’s nothing in it that will stay with me, and it’s just going through the motions. All of the charm, charisma, energy, originality, enthusiasm, and overall chemistry is missing completely. There’s simply nothing left to do with this premise beyond “Predator.” The whole predator dogs showed it.

        Look predator dogs are coming! They’re attacking! Now they leave. That was… pointless.
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  • Rottenjesus

    This movie was awesome. Buz is correct on all points. PREDATORS = Good times.

    • Tristan Sinns

      If by good times you mean “fucking retarded” then, yes, both of you are absolutely correct.

      If you want good times “fucking retarded”, go see this movie.

      • Rottenjesus


        It needed more fourth walls being broken, brah!

    • thefyn

      What parts were AWESOME?

      I just want to know what part actually made you go WWWWOOOOWWWW!!!!

  • Tristan Sinns

    This movie sucked. It’s slightly less shitty than the other super shitty aliens/predators movies but it’s still shitty none-the-less.

    • Masked Slasher

      Yeah, I didn’t like it much, either.

      The Predators were taken out far too easily, and there was no real tension in any of it.

    • Rottenjesus

      This coming from someone who raved about the most boring piece of cinematic drudgery known as FUNNY GAMES.

      So your opinion on shit is as shitty as the shit movies you declare to be shit. ;)

      • Tristan Sinns

        >>”This coming from someone who raved about the most boring piece of cinematic drudgery known as FUNNY GAMES. ”

        It’s only boring to stupid people. Hi!

        • Rottenjesus

          Just because it’s artsy doesn’t mean it’s good. Also, you’re in the monority of people who liked it. So by your reckoning, most of the DC staff are stupid as well. Good one!

          • Sirand

            He’s hardly in the minority. Funny Games has been an arthouse cult classic for over a decade.

            It’s very much beloved by a lot of cinephiles.

          • Tristan Sinns

            /salute Sirand

            Funny Games was created with the intention of offending the majority of viewers. I think it accomplished it’s goal.

            We can all disagree from time to time. I didn’t really like Predators. There are a number of people who I respect who did. I’ll poke holes in the movie in a review in a couple days and then those who liked it can poke holes in that. Good times.

          • Masked Slasher

            I love both versions of Funny Games … it’s not for everybody, I suppose, but I think it’s a brilliant film.

          • GJW

            I liked Funny Games. It did seem slow at times,but not so slow I tuned out or turned it off,and I have a very short attention span and very little patience. Anyway,I did like it. NEVER thought they’d kill the ***. (Posted that way in case someone hasn’t seen it but if you did you’ll know who I mean).

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          • Terminal

            I also happened to love “Funny Games.” It was quite an experience.
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  • JoeDarkfall

    This one will definately be joining 1 & 2 in my DVD collection.

    I wouldn’t call the “New” Predator design new. It was actually used in the comic book series. If memory serves right, it was in the Predator: Bad Blood series, which pitted Predator vs Predator.

    Why was Danny the first to go damn it!!!!

    Nolan was a hoot.

    Since she knew and was telling the story from Predator, I thought Braga was going to reveal she was the daughter of the rebel chick.

    I’ve been watching The Tudors for the past 4 seasons, so it was nice to see more beheadings.

    The convict was extra funny to me because the actor just wrapped up season one on Justified as a former convict.

    Was it predictable, yes. But then so are 99% of the other horror movies out there.

  • thefyn

    SPOILERS BELOW>….

    I thought the movie was pretty bad.

    Characters and overall originality ruined it for me. I get it that they want to recapture the originals premise. But they were way off on the CHARACTER DYNAMIC.

    The ridiculous Lawrence Fishburn character looked like a parody. And is anyone sick to death of the moral girl with spirit character that constantly turns up in any movie which involves a girl holding a gun?

    Brody I rate as an actor. And he did a good job despite the Batman voice he chose for this role.

    The Yakusa actor was brilliant. But again, I cringed at how overplayed Samurai spirit/honor killing/suicide done to DEATH and beyond shenanigans.

    Props go to the set and fx guys. They created a fantastic world. But the cliches and stereotypes really did my head in. Can we have some Mexicans playing something not related to Cartels? Can we have a Russian that does not look like he just crawled out of a comic book? Can we have a woman who isn’t a spitfire with a heart of gold?

    All that was missing was a British squaddie rolling in have a go cheeky mate lets get stuck in lads shenanigans.

    Dr Dexters evil cousin was at least a slight twist in a very VERY stereotypical movie.

    I tried to turn my brain off, and every time I started to enjoy it, Rapey Mc Shank would say something straight out of Oz.

    Burn Hollywood burn is all I can say.

  • bulletcrazy

    Sorry to say I was quite dissapointed by this one. It’s just so very average in the end.
    I think my biggest problem compared with the first two movies is that the predators don’t have any personality in this one. I thought they had too little screen-time, and they just didn’t seem as “alive” as the predators in the other movies (I even preferred the predator in AVP:Requiem).
    I also think it really wastes the Predators concept, because they don’t work together at all, mostly coming one at a time. Basically, imagine if in the first Predator, there were 3 predators instead of one, and in each “character” death scene in that movie, the character also took one of the predators with them, and you get this movie. The result is that none of the predators make an impact, and the whole thing ends up feeling super generic. Also, with all the walking around in the woods, it almost feels like Sci-Fi channel movie at times.

  • kiddcapone

    The movie had a lot going for it, but it also had plenty of negatives. The set up was great, the characters were fantastic, but it was very predictable all the way through and for an R rated movie the carnage was minimal at best. The potential was there to be fucking amazing, but it ended up just being above average and sadly forgettable.

  • frank_dracman

    Well Buz, I didn’t read your review. I scrolled down to the rating and saw 4 out of 5, got up and went to the theater. Holy cow, someone did a sequel right for a change. I’m planning on seeing it again this weekend.

    I agree mostly with your review now that I’ve read it, but I think the best character was Goggins. The “I’m gonna do a bunch of cocaine…” line had everyone laughing. Great stuff.

    • The Buz

      I actually had a line in the review that I deleted because it spoiled too much, but it was something like “You want to see Stans prison shank a predator.”

      He was really great, and he did a damn good job too. But I’m sorry hands down Hanzo wins best character.

      Was I right about that scene or what?

  • Tshoffie

    All i can say is what a friggen dissappointment

  • LSD Zombie

    I loved that they chose Long Tall Sally as the end credits song. Funnily enough, I had been blasting that song on my car stereo on the way to the theater. It’s just too bad they couldn’t afford the version with Little Richard himself.

  • Sirand

    The yakuza scene alone is worth the price of two admissions.

  • NeoKefka

    Wow. When heard that Paranormal Activity 2’s trailer was running in front of Eclipse, I thought it would be hilarious if it was made up of the ending to the original movie and it freaked out all the twilight geeks. Which happened.

    Then, when I heard Predators would have aliens other than the Preds in it, I thought it would be funny if the unused Predator design from the first movie popped up. Then I read this review and LO AND BEHOLD…

    Guys, I think I’m getting movie psychic.

  • Rottenjesus

    Guess I’ll be making a date with Pussy Face this weekend! Can’t wait!

  • Impure159

    Thank fucking christ.
    I was so worried about this and while I planned to watch it no matter what seeing a good review took a weight off my chest.
    And just from the trailers I’ve been excited to see the Yakuza guy face off with a Predator, your little spoiler there Buz has me giddy like an 8 year old on christmas eve.

    • GJW

      Aw man,when I saw the trailer where the Yakuza was standing in the field and the Predator decloaked right in front of him I said to myself “oh fuck yeah”!!

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    • The Buz

      Dude, seriously I couldn’t contain my excitement. I don’t even care if the rest of the movie is horrible, that scene alone is worth seeing. It’s like being to see what Billy would have done to the Predator had he had a fair shot.

      • GJW

        Oh man. Billy!! I was pulling for that guy!!!!! I was saddened when he got taken out. Thought they could have given him a more elaborate way to go. Kind of quick. Guy never had a chance LOL.

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        • The Buz

          Well that’s kind of what makes the Predator so damn terrifying. Cause like, you expect Billy to kick all kinds of ass and he just….he just gets fucked up. Ironic, but it worked so well for the movie.

  • LSD Zombie

    JOY-GASM!

  • nonserviam03

    *sigh of relief*

    I need to see this.

  • Sirand

    Buz speaks the truth.

  • Mr. Gray

    Oh, thank God.

    • The Buz

      That’s what I said!

      • GJW

        Great review. SO glad it was positive. I definitely can not wait to see this.

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