Written by Shiggins
And sadly, it is somewhat fitting for a lot of this movie. Not all of it, but The Predator has definitely not provided the worthy follow-up to the original Predator or 2010's underappreciated Predators that fans were hoping for. On the bright side, it very obviously wants a sequel! So... that's something, right?
|Great poster, but these titles are getting annoying.|
The Predator is about Quinn McKenna, played by Boyd Holbrook, a former Army Ranger who has discovered the existence of the Predators after one crash-landed near him and wiped out his unit. He's wrote off as mentally insane to keep quiet because government guys are bad guys, but it's stopped when the Predator returns and is looking for his equipment because something bigger is coming to Earth! So now Quinn, his son with Asperger syndrome, a biologist played by Olivia Munn, and a group of soldiers with their own mental problems must band together to take on the Predator and... *gasp*... the Big Predator!
|Daddy's home. Where's my beer?|
Speaking of laughter, there are some surprisingly good jokes in this. I didn't expect a Predator movie to make me laugh, but this one achieved it quite a few times during the first and second act. This is a double-edged sword though, so a lot of the humour, while funny, does clash with the action and gore we came to see. Between this misuse of balancing humour and action, and my complete disinterest towards the characters, I never felt any tension during the film. Not once.
Despite the CGI looking fairly decent, this new Big Predator has nothing that sets it apart from the others. It's certainly taller and stronger than the other Predators of the past, but it displays even less personality than the majority of the humans. And that's no fun! The last movie brought out a trio of Predators that were all far more interesting than this one. And far more efficient at killing too. This Big Predator barely touches anyone of relevance until the third act.
|The Predator wants YOU!|
The action itself is fine, if unremarkable. Some of the gore is creative and while the script is clearly desperate to have as many quips as possible so it stuffs in far too many, I did smirk or laugh at some of the lines. It has at least something interesting every now and again to keep you from falling asleep, but that's it really.
|I SAID WHERE'S MY FUCKING BEER!?|
Oh and on a last note, the final scene can go fuck itself. I thought it was going to be an amazing reveal, but it was embarrassingly lame sequel-bait that makes me want to see a sequel even less. Just to spite the stupidity of that scene.
Movie Rating: 5.5/10
Best Performance: Jacob Tremblay as Rory McKenna.
Best Part: Surprising humour.
Worst Part: A fatal lack of tension, and the final scene.
|That armour... Mithril!|
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