DVD: The Predator
I don’t know why we needed another Predator film, I mean there have been so many of them, and none of them that good. But in the recent Hollywood move of rebooting anything from the ’80s now we have a dark, modern reboot of the ugliest alien alive.
Simply called The Predator, which sadly is the simplest thing about the film, as the plot is needlessly complicated, and should if you want to enjoy this film, be ignored. Trust me you won’t be missing anything if you’re not sure what is going on.
The film starts when a predator crashes to earth and its nifty cloak of invisibility is beaten by the dripping blood oozing down from the exposed entrails of an early victim. Yes, it’s that kind of visceral film. American sniper Quinn McKenna just happens to witness this gory reveal and more, and then, inexplicitly, mails some predator technology to his estranged son, who is able to decode it because he has an autism spectrum disorder – for which director/writer Shane Black thinks is best explained by having the child bullied and laughed at. Dick move Shane.
This, of course, kicks off a series of unfortunate events but does give us some Olivia Munn and giant alien hunting dogs. And a bigger alien.
As I said, ignore the plot and enjoy the sight of blood spray and limbs flying. It’s a visual feast for sure, but not really a series resurrecting reboot.
Rating: R16 Restricted to persons 16 years and over. NOTE: Violence, sexual references & offensive language