Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Predators - Movie Review


Starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov and Danny Trejo.
Directed by Nimrod Antel.

It's a B movie and knows it. It's a pulp actioner and aspires no further. It's miles better than either Alien v. Predator movie. I can actually see what's happening most of the time.

The movie starts out with eight humans suddenly dropped into a jungle. Thanks to marketing, we know where they are, but they don't. The unofficial leader of the bunch is a guy who won't say his name (Adrien Brody, in a role that feels like it was written for Vin Diesel), but we gather he's ex-Black Ops, and we meet members of various military groups or trained assassins from all over the world, including one guy who was on death row.

The movie takes its time getting where it's going, which is just fine. The actors do well with their underwritten roles. We know most of them will be dead before the credits, it's just a matter of what order are they going to be eliminated. It feels like the ultimate fan-fiction movie, like this script was written by a fan, and then what-do-you-know, it got greenlit.

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