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Its not big on wasted dialogue or too many attempts at meta humor, playing both like an homage/throwback film to the action of the 80s and something t ..
The original Predator understood what it was: a suspense thriller that needed to play it straight because too many laugh lines would make you realize ..
What it is, is something uncomfortably in between: a satire of a franchise that was already in on its own macho joke.
And for a time, The Predator offers some popcorn thrills, grisly deaths, and funny one liners.
This keeps you glued to the story as it unfolds even though the plot is riddled with holes, often asking more questions than it answers.
With its bawdy sense of humor, disorderly cast of characters, and hardcore kills and action, The Predator does a lot right to reinvigorate the 31 year ..
The Predator is enjoyable enough for the one hour and 47 minutes it takes to watch it.But the more you think about it, the less anything about the plo ..
Its a so so movie for grown up kids who like the smell of their own trash.
The action is also relatively nonstop yet despite this, or maybe because of this, the film lacks a genuine jaw dropper of a set piece.
The Predator aims to revitalize the sci fi action franchise with fresh ideas, but succeeds at delivering mindless action more than cohesive mythology.
Director Shane Blacks streak of puckish nihilism is an attitude that makes him a perfect for this franchise.
Even though we are 37 episodes into our weekly film centric podcast, this is the very first time that Kevin McCarthy, Sean OConnell and Jake Hamilton ..
How ironic, then, that Blacks new screenplay is short on two things: the tantalizing distance that lent the creatures a sense of mystery in the first ..
Uneven, occasionally unsavoury and at times frustratingly muddled, but theres enough bloody, 80s style fun in The Predator to give it a pass from long ..
The Predator ends with obvious intentions for a sequel and a closing line that so shamelessly does not give a shit about anything you might leave the ..
If your quibbles with the Predator films to date have been mostly nomenclatural, then perhaps this latest sequel is for you.
They are essentially Big Bad Movie Monsters slasher film antagonists in xenomorph garb.
You would not be wrong to think this all sounds like a reasonable enough narrative for a Predator movie.
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But outside of its lunatic banter, the film itself is a mess, rarely frightening, its cinematic references feeling more like regurgitated ideas than h ..
Given how funny it is, you might be wondering how the action fares and for the most part its good.
It sounds like a whole lot of fun.And while there are certainly entertaining elements within this fast paced gory action flick, there are more than a ..
Where Predator is a masterclass in meticulous thriller patience, The Predator understands nothing about sustainability or structure.
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The fact that its undeniably entertaining is even more disappointing when faced with the movies immaturity.
Every five to 10 years, somebody gets the bad idea to revive the Predator series, but the almost fascinating ineptitude displayed by Black in The Pred ..
Whether the world actually needs one, and whether this reboot was necessary at all, is probably a question worth raising, but at least Blacks take on ..
Theres little doubt, then, that The Nice Guys greatest asset is the utterly irresistible chemistry between Crowe and Goslings respective characters, w ..
The smart ass Shane Black and the not smart ass Shane Black are equally represented here.
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The Predator offers some cosmetic changes to the heroes and the aliens. In other words, it provides nothing thats really new.
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But it takes on particular resonance in the case of an aggressively testosterone driven entertainment, in which a bunch of raucous dudes yuk it up rel ..
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From the outer reaches of space to the small town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home.
A very messy endeavor that wants to live in the good ol days of the 80s without being held to the improved standards of modern action movies. Its rush ..
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Sporting the taxonomically useless title The Predator, the latest movie in the Predator franchise comes courtesy of Shane Black (The Nice Guys), who a ..
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The line is an inside joke by Shane Black, the films director and primary screenwriter, and its one that all who voluntarily go to see this movie, fre ..
It offers plenty of gore and slimy green goo too but isnt either funny or horrific enough overall to justify the rebooting of the franchise.
Its possible that some audiences take the Predator movies less seriously than others, and those audiences might find something to enjoy about this new ..
If so, The Predator is a fun but flawed entry in a checkered series.
Its an exhaustingly energetic mess in which a coherent plot and credible characters arent even on the cluttered menu.
This is a wannabe sci fi action horror that is completely lacking in suspense and power.
You just wish the super charged action adventure had been given a sharper narrative focus to deliver something more than a superficial wallow in flipp ..
The essence of the alien that kills for pleasure and hunts for sport is never realized; their human counterparts seem to enjoy killing, too.Since John ..
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Its put together with professional polish, but comes off as just a slam bang popcorn movie with the emptiest of heads.
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The director has clearly had a good time orchestrating all the gunplay and testosterone fuelled mayhem that follow; bodies pile up.
Strangely enough, the humour works better than the violence in The Predator.
But The Predator isnt something that needs close scrutiny as long as you enjoy the ride.Why You Should Watch:If you want to see space aliens decimatin ..
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The cast is quirky and fun.The one liners are as quotable and unprintable as you (I) want them to be.
The character, as written, is rife with offensive autism cliches.
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The movies storyline as a whole fits in really well with the rest of the series, and it does a great job of paying homage to the original Predator mov ..
And yetthrough sheer force of weird meta gags and explosive viscerathey might have made the most fun movie in the franchise.
Susan Grangers review of The Predator (20th Century Fox) As this sci fi franchise continues, Shane Black, who was an actor in John McTiernans 1987 Pre ..
I dare say I loved it, mainly for its brisk pacing, and great sense of fun.
The end result is a reasonably entertainment if you dont think too hard about it.
The Predator is a disappointment for someone with their fingers crossed for a worthy Predator sequel, but where this new installment could find a home ..
And while theres plenty of gore, theres next to no tension, a key ingredient of the original package its a misjudgement that sums up an inappropriatel ..
A running joke in this film is that the Predators dont seem to have any landing technology.
But unfortunately The Predator is the type of bland and boring C that only results in the disappointment of your parents.
The Predator ends up feeling overstuffed but exuberant, like an unmedicated ADD kid directed it, with a series of scenes that are fun individually but ..
Its a fun time complete with cool characters spouting funny lines, fast pacing and some enjoyable action sequences, but its not perfect.
Reshoots From Hell Dismal writing is one issue; shoddy direction another.
And even though it is captured, nothing will stand the Predators way to regain its lost technology.
A lot of action movies this year have managed to avoid star power logic.
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The smaller Predator looks great, the dogs and Big Boy more CGI abominations than expertly crafted prosthetics.
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One of The Predators big heroes is Bracket, played by Munn with snarky charm rather than gung ho brawn.
These are glorious B Movies crafted on an A Level, readymade for repeat Sunday afternoon viewings when nothing better catches your eye from the shelf. ..
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The film is loud, improbable, manufactured within an inch of its life, and takes absolutely no real risks with the franchise. If you want action movie ..
Nevermind that John McTiernans 1987 Schwarzenegger war action fiesta is hardly a movie in need of a remake, or reboot or whatever lame term Hollywood ..
The adults engage in a ton of non PC banter but the jokes are crass.
Unfortunately, this version of The Predator is also basically a game of Corrupt A Wish; you get what you want but tacked on with a whole lot of unnece ..
It plays like a young filmmaker trying to approximate a stereotypical Shane Black movie.
On its face, the idea of bringing a more lighthearted take to a sci fi blockbuster isnt a bad one.
Whats wrong with The Predator goes deeper than a couple of bad cuts, but it still stinks that a promising movie was scuttled by a directors questionab ..
Yes, thats the goal in The Predator, the latest entry in the waning Predator franchise, which has produced exactly one good movie the 1987 original ov ..
In 2010, Nimrod Antal delivered a gritty cast away thriller with Predators.
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The original Predator may have had some memorably funny lines, but it knew what it was: an efficient, contained, and brutally savage supernatural acti ..
The movie ultimately gets by on attitude, with Blacks brash, wiseacre sensibility brightening up the mandatory franchise maintenance.
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THE PREDATOR 107 minutes, rated MA If youre going to revamp a 1980s blockbuster, the safest kind to pick is one like John McTiernans 1987 science fict ..
The relentlessness doesnt allow you any time to catch a yawn, but its also not too conducive to tension or suspense.
The 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger starring Predator is an undeniable cult classic, remembered for its bold style, endlessly quotable script and occasiona ..
And the big action moments feel too much like watching an animation.
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And the big action moments feel too much like watching an animation.
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The ending is a nonsensical jumble that makes jokes out of its heroes and a buffoon out of its supposedly unstoppable titular character.
And sadly, The Predator struggles for any real redeeming qualities bar the fact that it sometimes looks impressive.
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This is a film that feels like it has made the mistake of attempting to give its audience everything it could possibly want, but the good news is that ..
The Predator doesnt sample an outdated cliched aesthetic; it is that outdated cliched aesthetic.
Dumb.There are plenty of fun, thrilling action movies with highly suspect scripts, but The Predator fails on the action front too.
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Sadly, he never matches its dynamic visuals or genuine sense of danger.As is so often the case these days with decades later sequels, the endless call ..
His aesthetic is modern retrograde, slick but not too slick, with every aspect made to look artificial.
(Poor Munn is also required to speak in ironic hard assery, for reasons I couldnt discern.).What about the Predator itself, you might ask
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Which is the key to enjoying The Predator, Shane Blacks sequel and hopeful franchise re starter: its not a great movie per se, but its a pretty enjoya ..
A movie crafted with the best intentions and some really good ideas that probably should have been dialed back.
Its easy to write The Predator off as unnecessary (dear reader, it is very unnecessary) but its here, and we can only evaluate the final product.Unfor ..
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The man can write a decent popcorn script, which is why the effort he has put out here, writing and directing this turgid, utterly insensible, and laz ..
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Aside from the laughs, its not offering much in terms of thrills and originality.Weve seen this movie before and, based on the climax, were likely to ..
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The original had us glued to our sears with tension but here the drama doesnt induce any goosebumps. Also, the film is choppily edited and hence the n ..
The Predator spends too much of its time hunting for ways to bring several uninteresting plot strings together and not nearly enough indulging in its ..
This re invention of the series by writer/Director Shane Black (who himself bit parted inthe original, before going on to write hits such as Lethal We ..
Plus a final stinger that sets up a sequel we may get but likely without this team.Its a shame, really, if only for Munn, who well and truly deserves ..
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Is a franchise restart trying to be all things to everyone really the best way to kickstart this thing back into relevance
Whats remarkable is that the results are so blockbuster bland. It mightve helped if Black had stuck to the band of misfits angle, pitting the Predator ..
Enough of Blacks personality remains to make The Predator a worthwhile diversion.But it couldve been special.
But no. The Predator is a baffling mess.Baffling in that there are a handful of scenes and sequences that seem to have come from a pretty good movie w ..
This scene is pure Black: spectacularly inappropriate and yet ultimately weightlessjust one more casualty in a movie that keeps finding ways to up its ..
This dopey little monster movie franchise has an awful lot to answer for.
But really, it doesnt matter if an action movie has a thin ensemble.Action movies like 2008s Rambo work just fine with characters designed to breathe, ..
Blacks involvement proves both a blessing and a curse.The Predator can lay claim to being the most violent entry in the series to date, which may be e ..
While youre watching the movie, its hard not to get caught up in all the fun. Black and company are having a blast here, and its infectious.
Long term fans will be pleased that The Predator is a soft reboot Predator 2 and even 2010s Predators are still canon but the magic formula of the ori ..
The Predator is a bloody, shotgun paced actioner, loaded with expletives. The film entertains, but feels inordinately lighthearted.
It sounds great in concept.A Shane Black rethink could theoretically give the franchise its own strong authorial voice and identity the one thing its ..
Its just going to bounce off him like a toy.We see a number of sometimes irritatingly dated action movie cliches in Shane Blacks slick and gory and we ..
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Still, the ominous horror and neatly constructed suspense in John McTiernans 1987 original Predator have been replaced by spastic, often confusing act ..
The best thing that can be said about The Predator is that the dialogue is engaging, and some gags are funny.
Maybe thatll happen.But given the fact that the last franchise installment was eight years ago, there may be no hurry.
Similar to the scenario of the original picture, its a band of grizzled soldier types who battle the alien menaces. Missing, however, is a formidable ..
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While the violence is solid, the ludicrous science expositions that carry the plot along and unfortunate flat humor had me confused. Is this the Preda ..
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But somewhere along the line, its copious shortcomings end up overwhelming its better elements, turning what could have been a grindhouse blast into a ..
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But in its guts this is a story rooted in 1987, and thats why its so much fun.Black, who co wrote the script withwriter Fred Dekker, isnt averse to bl ..
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Can we ever get enough of Predator.Apparently not, since there have been numerous sequels, reboots, re imaginings and spinoffs (Alien vs. Predator, an ..
The Predator is not the direction this franchise should continue.
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The even messier third act is only fitfully fun and suffers from weak effects moments despite the best efforts of the cast.
The Predator should have been a blast.Between writer director Shane Blacks talent and history with the franchise and the excellent cast assembled, the ..
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When it comes to big, dumb action movies the Predator franchise seems to have a pretty easy time getting the job done.
THE first entry in the Predator franchise in almost a decade is a solid action romp thats even kind of goofy
Obviously designed to reinvigorate the franchise, it wastes no time in plunging us into mayhem.
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The Predator dismisses itself as dumber than group one, which, no argument.
For the most part, this is a fun, affectionate, R rated romp, full of Shane Black style jokes that mostly land and gore gags that almost universally d ..
I really wanted it to have an exoskeleton I needed it to be closer to the original.
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1987s Predator is so much better than you remember, even if you remember it being pretty bloody great.
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One comes to a film in this franchise for its extremes of violence, I have suggested, and at least on that front, The Predator delivers a great deal.
While the script is, on the comedy front, the films strongest suit, its also its weakest, in terms of the simple fact that none of this makes any sens ..
Likely, some fans of John McTiernans 1987 blockbuster Predator will miss the bulked up presence of Arnold Schwarzenegger in writer director Shane Blac ..
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But director and co writer Shane Blacks The Predator is something else.
The Predator does not launch a new science fiction franchise, rather, it makes it all seem like a great big joke.And here that joke is on us.
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Thirty years ago, The Predator might have looked like a truly disappointing sequel.
In this latest attempt to reboot the franchise, director Shane Black tries to inject frat boy comedy and action, but misfires in all directions.
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Absorb all that and you have a confused audience that, if it is undemanding enough, will be nonetheless entertained by all the sound and fury.
Its just a choppy, lackluster, thinly written monster action flick peppered with the kinds of gags you thought were funny in puberty.
Still, enough is enough.Alas, the ending hints at a sequel, but unless they come up with a new angle, whats the point
There are simply too many moving parts in this story for Black to handle.
Its great fun, and the brisk, 107 minute movie never outstays its welcome.
Black adds a few twists to the mix of his own, including a familial aspect to the plot, which is unexpected given his often machismo style in the acti ..
The human component of the fourth instalment in the Predator franchise (sixth if you count the two Alien vs Predator films) pretty much amounts to reh ..
The Takeaway As bad as it is, it actually wont bore you.Like so much showbiz product out there now, its a sloppy, hyper violent, gross, cynical popcor ..
The dim Canadian light makes you miss that feverish jungle in the first Predator.The Predator is a gory chiffontheres nothing as solid here as Arnold ..
Add some alien dogs and a finale that begs for a sequel and youve got a cinematic mess.
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The Predator doesnt quite work because its never quite clear what it wants to be and, when it finally does snap into focus, its about the wrong things ..
Both feature a talented cast of performers you wouldnt expect to see, but ultimately leave you wondering if the Predator franchise just doesnt fit in ..
Viewers get plenty of decapitations, lynchings, head shots and bowels cut open.Blacks filmmaking is old school, grounded in 80s humor, reveling at its ..
Overall, The Predator is the not the worst entry in the Predator franchise and the running time of 107 minutes is paced efficiently.
The Predator (1 stars) The latest installment in the franchise mixes humdrum action scenes, tepid comedy and dull performances an underwhelming mix th ..
The Predator has some good ideas that could have turned into a fresh and thrilling take, but this film has got tangled in its fishnet stockings, resul ..
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He is no Arnold and no other Predator movie will ever match up to the iconic Austrian actor but Holbrook does stand his own ground.Jacob Tremblays cha ..
This plot development boils down to a final moment that basically screams sequel.And, no, its not an Alien vs. Predator.
Best of all, Black understands the geography of an action sequence, and the advantage of an R rating.
Yet theyve only succeeded intermittently.Its quite fun if you can appreciate the silliness since it doesnt take itself seriously, but unfortunately, t ..
On the whole, the Predator franchise has an up and down history.The original is beloved (and famous now for featuring two US governors among the cast) ..
Shane Black fans may consider this one of his lesser works, but Predator fans will find plenty of blood n guts and entertaining action.
If you want a lot of gunfire and explosions, youve already seen MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT and/or thats not gory enough for you, THE PREDATOR is bett ..
The result is a ripping good yarn that blows the socks off the long list of comic book movies that are too dependent on computer generated images and ..
I wish this movie stuck with the simplistic Predator formula and didnt try to shove the beginnings of a mythology into the franchise, the movie was ba ..
Formulaic as it may be, this popcorn movie hits all the right notes into it drifts into autopilot mode.
A lazy script this incarnation uses disabilities for laughs makes The Predator a bit of a soul sucking experience to sit through.
Its a gory blast, way more fun than youd expect, and wittier than it has any right to be.Its low art and a studio outing, to be sure, but Blacks voice ..
Instead of a franchise reboot, its more of a rebirth, with quippy, quirky characters, cartoon/video game violence and a Swiss cheese plot that doesnt ..
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While the lack of any real build up deprives the film of any tension or mystery.The emergence of a new Predator feels rushed and under explained and t ..
Introducing a fresh crop of characters that will be slim pickings once the mayhem kicks into gear.
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Theres way too much going on here that simply is not needed and it feels like the majority of it is done to pad an already overly long runtime.While e ..
The Predator is a goofy, gory, muddy mess that makes less and less visual and narrative sense as it races to its nonsense conclusion.
Suffice to say, The Predator may be something of a mess, but its an entertaining mess nonetheless.
The movie is a sequel, I guess, of the 1987 jungle sci fi spectacle starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and of the 1990 follow up Predator 2, and, heck, m ..
Theres a formula that works for these movies and theyve put it aside for something too complex for its own good.
The action is fun and sometimes imaginative, but the rest of the film is largely lacking in imagination.
Fanboys will probably differ on whether this most recent iteration is worthy, but most moviegoers will enjoy the show and the witty banter.
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When you go deep on Predator mythology or, as this latest installment does, Predator biology youve lost it.
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But the final product is a colossal disaster, from start to finish.
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But for the more kitschy monster movie franchises like Predator, the question has always remained: what direction can it go without alienating core au ..
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Making things worse, the script is a convoluted mess that throws too many ideas into the blender and doesnt know what it wants to be.
The Predator never does.It feels like an entry designed to keep a franchise going by giving its fans the bare minimum until they can get to the next o ..
Overall, its hard to tell if super fans of the original Predator will find this to be a suitable relaunch, but there are certainly enough entertaining ..
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In short: its an 80s style B movie, and it wants to look and feel like one.
Were set up to buy that they all suffer from deep trauma and various degrees of PTSD, but this is the kind of movie that tries selling the notion that ..
Saved by its Loonies and its laughs, The Predator is hoping to be the start of a whole new Predator saga.
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Its pointless and ridiculous and at times even painful but its also a hell of a lot of fun.A flurry of bad taste that should be enjoyed simply as an o ..
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Its a shame, as The Predator definitely pales in comparison to the original but still provides plenty of entertainment bang for its buck, meaning that ..
It frustratingly struggles to juggle tones between tongue in cheek humour, choppily edited militarized sci fi action and gruesome, blood splattered pr ..
Adding those half baked elements together creates bipolar results worse than the personalities of the unhinged characters.
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But if youre looking for a story with intelligence, the disappointments are plentiful.
Be warned, #mamfam..this episode is a doozy.Put it in the category of such gems as Draft Day, Transformers: Galileos Revenge and Now You See Me as we ..
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There are good action beats, both Predators (and even the silly Predator Dogs) look fantastic, and the retro flavored score is nice.And Shane Black is ..
Its funny but adding comedy and a kid to the Predator wipes away its previous premise.
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Bless your freaking heart.And for those involved with the film: If you have a resume, leave this project out.
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Given how thoroughly the iconography and dialogue of Predator (If it bleeds, we can kill it.
Regarding the humor, there are plenty of attempts, mostly by the band of broken brothers.Moonlights Trevante Rhodes is wonderfully charming as one of ..
The simplicity of an implacable alien hunter tracking down its human prey gets lost under a whole lot of noisy chatter and incoherent action movie non ..
The film is a hyper masculine cocktail of breakneck storytelling, graphic violence and mean spirited humor where the ingredients this time around seem ..
But its possible that none of those Reynolds performances would have existed without his star making turn in 1972s DELIVERANCE.
This one is just a little bigger and angrier, and while its neat to see another addition to the Predator universe, the payoff here doesnt exactly feel ..
Quite dismally, the answer is no: its the quasi Marvel chucklehead action comedy that we knew we didnt want, but somebody made it anyway.
Rhodes shouldve been the star of this film and is clearly destined for greatness.
The practical effects on the shorter Predator are really neat the prosthetics, the moving parts on the suit but they simply dont get enough time to sh ..
For most action films, keeping the plot simple is best as it allows for room to breath with the epic set pieces, but unfortunately the story in The Pr ..
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A goretastic, surprisingly funny sequel that plumps for easy CGI thrills and disappointing disability tropes all too often.
The Predator delivers a good time without demanding that we think too hard about anything.
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