If it wasn’t for The Expendables, Predators would have been a serious contender on my best Action movie pick of the year. I know it wasn’t perfect in many ways, but it all the elements of a classic old school action film, and then some.
It would probably be a safe bet for best opening scene of an action film, if we were to ever be as anal as that in our best of lists, with the film kicking off righting into the action in the first scene where you left wondering what an earth is going on as Adrien Brody is free-falling towards a remote jungle, whilst at the same time being unconscious.
He of course wakes up and starts freaking out, only to gain control of his senses and deploy his parachute just in the nick of time. It’s one of the biggest adrenaline buzz-opening scenes I’ve seen for a while and it sets the stage for an epic battle of man vs monster.
But before we get to the meat of the story, everything start to feel a little like an alternative version of LOST. A LOST that would have kicked arse instead of whimpering out to obscurity.
But let me not digress, Predators as I’m sure you can all guess is a kind of survival horror, though not so much the horror, more a survival action, if that sub genre does actually exist.
Brody’s character soon discovers he’s not alone, and soon has taken tentative control of a rag bag of the worlds deadliest warriors, including of course, the token female, who of course just happens to be a IDF sniper.
One by one these warriors start to drop, some in a predictable fashion, others not so much, like the Japanese Yakuza dude who goes toe to toe with a Predator with noting but his Samurai sword.
But as awesome as that is, nothing really compares to the show stealing performance of Laurence Fishburne who plays the role of a survivor whose been hiding out, scavenging for survival, all alone for many years. The dude does a subtle form of crazy like no one else.
As a complete package, Predators has plot holes so big they make a black hole look insignificant, but thats ok because the action, cast and various plot turns will keep you glued to the screen for the duration.
Whilst Robert Rodriguez may not have quite done enough to re-ignite the Predators franchise, he’s certainly made a film that goes along way to cleansing our minds of the sheer dribble that was the AvP debacle.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read