Director: Nimród Antal
Writers: Michael Finch/Alex Litvak
Producers: Robert Rodriguez/John Davis/Elizabeth Avellan
Starring: Adrien Brody/Laurence Fishburne/Topher Grace/Alice Braga/Danny Trejo/Louis Ozawa Changchien
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 107 minutes
If you have been following, last week I had watched all of the Predator movies and the like such as Alien vs. Predator, in anticipation for Predators, the latest addition to the widely-popular horror action movie franchise. However, Predators doesn’t live up to the first movie and, worse still, it doesn’t live up to the second either. It’s storyline is very tedious and simplistic – it’s a violent game of cat-and-mouse thrown in with some people who are either careless and maniacle or just plain bland, the subplot involving Nolad’s character didn’t help matters either.
The movie follows Adrien Brody’s character Royce, who is abducted by an alien race and released along with seven other professional killers on an alien planet. On the planet, they meet Nolad, who is played by Laurence Fishburne, who has been surviving on the planet for years and tells the group they were chosen so the Predators could train their skills and so, the group must find a way to survive and escape the planet. It could have been a little more enjoyable if the movie didn’t take itself seriously. The main problem with Predators is the whole story. It just started to become boring within minutes of the movie starting and it tries to make up for it by mindless violence and gore and even then, the action scenes weren’t so great. The movie opened okay as we jump right into the action but soon after the group land on ground and the dialogue starts, that was when the movie started to lose interest and credibility and that was when the unnecessary scenes started. The characters talked about nothing interesting and they didn’t talk about anything that was relevant to the movie, it was either pointless and quite annoying.
Predators just doesn’t stop with the problems and the flaws it has as the characters had no personality to them, except for what they do such as a scientist, a prisoner, a member of the Yakuza and a mercenary. If the writers left that little bit of information out, there would be no point to any of the characters whatsoever, none of them stood out and you didn’t care about what happened to them. Another problem with the movie is the acting. Don’t get me wrong, there are some fine actors in this movie such as Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Alice Braga and Topher Grace but you can’t help but wonder how they weren’t good in this movie and furthermore, you question what they’re doing in this movie. Adrien Brody was the youngest actor to win an Academy Award for Best Male Actor for his performance in The Pianist and yet he did a poor job in this movie, he wasn’t convincing at all as tough guy Royce. It felt like Brody was trying to copy Christian Bale’s hoarse Batman voice as he hardly moved his jaw and he spoke as if he was in desperate need of water. You have a sudden urge to cram a Strepsil or a Locket down his throat. Another irk was how his character suddenly worked everything out just by doing the smallest of things, you began to think he’d tell us the entire history of the planet when he brushed an eyelash or scratched his head, it quickly became annoying. Laurence Fishburne wasn’t too bad as Nolad but I’ve certainly seen him do a lot better in movies such as The Matrix and the fantastic Akeelah and the Bee so the acting lets the movie down even more.
The action didn’t keep your attention at all, it was uninspiring, boring and had been done before so much better a million times before. There was one particular scene in the movie that was well done and that was, what I like to call, ‘the booby-traps’ scene. What happens here is one of the one-dimensional characters steps on a massive log in their path and the whole group start avoiding traps, such as falling spikes from trees and camouflaged spike pits. It was very well executed but straight after that scene, it just went back to being tedious and the dialogue being cringe-worthy. Not only is it possibly one of the worst science-fiction movies ever but it’s also one of the worst movies 2010 has had so far. One could even go so far to say that it’s possibly ruined the Predator series, as it was just unnecessary and just daft.