Lex Petros: Predators (2010)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Predators (2010)

(Click on the poster to go to the movie website)

Predators is this year's on this summer blockbuster release, a sequel to Preadator (1987) and Predator 2 (1990). The 1st movie was a classic pace- setter and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura and Carl Weathers as buffed-up commandos engaging the alien hunter in the dense forests of Central America, that movie was suspenseful and thrilling. Who will forget the luminescent green-blooded alien with its display of hunt tech, including the forearm retractable twin blades, throwing discs which slices through just about anything, the shoulder mounted computer-assisted-targeting blaster and of course, the hallmark face mask HUD.

The sequel to that was so-so by my standards and Danny Glover just about cut it being the hero. Then came the incredibly horrible crossovers in AVP and AVP2:Requeim which had so much potential but lacked the storyline and directing talent. Lame dialogues and lukewarm pace lead to the failures of those two Predator-Aliens crossovers.

The 2010 Predator sequel stars Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne and directed by Nimrod Antal. The storyline starts to sound unimaginative and predictable. Humans are selectively abducted and brought to a planet from which these hunter aliens well...hunt them. Another game hunt backdrop, only this time in a jungle on another planet, minus the commandos. If there's going to be any respite from the unforgiving movie critics, the film needs nothing short of a miracle to surpass the high bar set by Predator 1, otherwise it's just going to be a waste of an excellent franchise ruined by lousy scripts and sub-standard directions.

Predators is set to be on the silver screen on July 8th, 2010.


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