I saw Predators the other night. Being as big a fan as I am of the series, I went into the theater really excited for this film. But I left the theater feeling a little bummed about it.
The first two Predator movies were beyond incredible. I could watch them over and over again. They were filled with tough and badass actors. Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Danny Glover, Jesse Ventura, and Gary Busey. These movies were the heavy hitters of the science fiction / action genre. And after watching the trailer for Predators a couple of times, I thought this movie might have a chance. I obviously thought wrong.
I cannot stand when movies have plot holes. It seems like the film makers just were getting lazy, like they couldn't piece stuff together. This movie was a piece of Swiss cheese. There were more plot holes than I could count. I'll list some:
1. Why are the Predators suddenly kidnapping people, didn't they used to go to other planets to hunt?
2. This planet is a giant game preserve but yet there is a big abandoned drill thing where Lawrence Fishburne lives...uhh what?
3. There's random aliens running around that aren't even explained.
4. The Predators travel in 3's... yet there's a 4th one tied up at their camp.
5. Adrien Brody notices that the sun never moves while they're there but then suddenly it's night time, right.
Minus all of the holes in the movie, there were still a lot of problems. The dialogue just seemed so unnatural at times. No convict is going to say straight out that when he gets home he is going to "rape so many girls." You're joking me right? Or he's not going to scream about not having a gun and use the word "gun" a million times.
Adrien Brody talked like Batman from the Dark Knight the whole time. Maybe we should also talk about how untough he was.
Has anyone seen the Pianist? He was a starving, Jewish piano player in WW2...there is no way he can be a tough and badass mercenary. He is more like a weirdo assassin. Who even thought it would be good to use him? Can you say random? What about Gerard Butler or Sam Worthington, I would have even been happy with an old Bruce Willis. But no, we had to settle for not-so-tough Adrien Brody... he wasn't even that bad until he took his shirt off at the end and then you realized that there is nothing hardcore about him, minus his huge toucan nose.
There were some parts of the movie that I did enjoy. There was a scene where the Yakuza gangster fought the Predator in a field of tall grass with a samurai sword. That was actually an awesome scene. And when psycho Lawrence Fishburne explained the Predators and their methods to the crew...while talking to himself, it came across as quite eerie.
Overall the movie was fun but not great. It didn't stand even close to the titans of the first two movies. I don't even count the AVP's as part of the Predator franchise. This movie was a step up from them but was lacking in a lot of areas. I guess I should have seen this coming when they said that Topher Grace was going to be in the film. Oh well, I guess we'll never get another Predator movie as good as the first two. What did you think of the new Predator movie?