Excerpt: When Nimrod Antal’s Predators begins, we meet a mercenary named Royce (Adrian Brody) as he’s mysteriously dropped into the middle of what at first looks like a South American jungle. He has no idea how or why he got here, and neither do the other people that he soon meets up with – a Mexican gangster named
Excerpt: Back in 1987 a little movie by the name of “Predator” hit the screens. John McTiernan, director of the then forthcoming “Die Hard”, was behind the camera here as well. Looking back it was just another Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, but the cast also had Carl Weathers of “Rocky” fame as well as Jessie “The Body” Ventura (future Governor of Minnesota, I might add). The movie was a hit, it inspired a less than stellar sequel and then…it happened.
Conclusion: Given its subject matter, Predators had the potential to be something remarkable, but it succumbed to mediocrity and safe-playing. It's handsomely produced but hollow to the core, and that robs it of any terror or suspense it might've delivered.
Summary: The film cost a mere $40 million to make. That may sound like a ton of money, but when you consider all of the spectacular images this movie provides, that’s not a lot of money at all. Rodriquez and his crew make every cent count. It’s all up on the screen doing everything it can to immerse you in this experience. The weaponry is a step beyond that with which we’ve seen before. There is this blue-pulse weapon that is absolutely sweet.
Conclusion: I'm not going to front: I thought 'Predators' was a kick-ass good time. And what's more - it's a kick-ass good time that's enhanced greatly by some properly atmospheric visuals, rich direction by Nimrod Antal, and a wonderful cast of characters played by cracking actors like Adrien Brody and Alice Braga. As a what-could-have-been direct sequel to the original 1987 film, 'Predators' is a worthy successor.
Excerpt: The Film When James Cameron directed Aliens , he achieved the impossible. He took the quintessential sci-fi horror film of our time and gave it a sequel that was not only worthy, but - depending on who you talk to - every bit as compelling as the original. Unlike Ridley Scott's Alien , which pitted the ill-fated crew of the Nostromo against a lone, terrifying extraterrestrial, Aliens (plural) upped the ante - and the action - by adding multiple creatures to the mix and...