Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Blu Ray and DVD
Originality is something that is often missing in sequels. After so many failures on the big screen (Predator 2, Aliens vs Predator and Aliens vs Predator 2) it's nice to see movie that doesn't try to rewrite the series or revamp it but stays true to the actual feel of the original.
I would say, more then anything, that this movie has recharged the series and could easily lead to more movies being made.
There are several references to the first Predator movie that reminds us how good science fiction horror movies can be. I personally like the use of some of the music from the original.
Predators starts out when a handful of soldiers and warriors (and Topher Grace) from modern Earth, awaken on another planet which is used as a hunting reserve for the Predators.
Through the course of the movie we learn that the multinational ethnic group of humans are predators in their own right as one by one they get picked off. There is an awesome sword fight between a predator and a yakuza gang member. Another fight between a regular predator and the newer, superior, 2nd kind of predator was neat too.
I've really got to compliment whoever did the mask effects for the predators. It was very real and if computer effects was used I couldn't tell.
That being said... the casting wasn't so great. I never could really believe Adrien Brody as a hero. Laurence Fishburne plays a crazy multi-personality survivor from a hunt years earlier and did a fairly decent job. Danny Trejo aka Machette plays Danny Trejo. Topher Grace played the same character from That 70's show except for him being a psychopath.
One thing I was hoping for was a little more explanation about the Predators. How does a society that worships hunting and killing build and maintain spaceships? Someone has to build stuff. How did that society evolve? How do they communicate with each other? How does a species that can only see in shades of infrared travel through space? An Alien prequel is in the works that if supposed to fill in some gaps and connect the two series even more.
As I write this Predators 2 has been announced. Sure to be more Predators than Chris Hansen can catch.
If you loved the Predator movies you'll love this one. This brings back the feel of the first movie big time.
7 out of 10