For now, I’m skipping Predator 2, and I’ll tell you why. I started watching it and immediately regretted it. It began in Los Angeles but everything else was following the same structure without any explanation. Now, there could be an explanation later, that’s fine, but the beginning was incredibly boring, the cast of characters it was beginning to introduce were mediocre and I just wasn’t feeling it. The change of setting was fine, but it had little to no introduction, so I’ll pass for now. I went straight to the reboot/sequel, Predators, which was a better choice from the get go.
The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (IMDb).
Alright, now here’s something I can get into. The foundation for this film is immediately intriguing, starting out with a mysterious free fall into an unknown jungle along with a few other strangers that you’ve never met. What’s more, every character was diverse and crafted in such a way that…I liked every single one. I can’t even say that about the first movie – the first film, you root for Arnold Schwarzenegger from beginning to end…screw the other guys. In this film, if anyone dies – you feel a “holy crap” coming – and it does come. In a way, it was like an Avengers film full of heroes you’ve never met – all of which were decently memorable. The idea of the humans being the aliens was also unique and brilliant. The rest of the movie has its positives and negatives.
The way the Predators were written in this film was definitely unique and different – and I appreciate a lot about it – especially the strange Predator they find tied up near the beginning of the film. Its role in the film was pretty unpredictable – and I had a blast watching that unfold. Also, the addition of different alien creatures on the planet was welcomed – those and Adrian Brody made the movie feel a little bit like King Kong, actually. All of these are great elements…so where exactly did it fail?
Well, after the initial introductions to the characters and setting, it returns to something pretty typical for a good portion of the film. It’s not terrible by any means, but the uniqueness of the movie dwindles away for a good chunk of time before returning towards the end. So in essence, as these folks are being hunted by the Predators, it’s a little boring – something that isn’t good for an action film like this. Predators clearly excels when it does something never seen before in the franchise – but they don’t have enough of these moments to fill the entire runtime – so when it’s not original…it’s boring.
The visuals are no doubt an improvement, but more along the lines of visual effects rather than costume design – as the creatures still look remarkably the same…other than a few improvements here and there. What Predators really does well is that it simply revives the series in a fun way. The characters and casting were what makes this movie worthwhile. The beginning and end were really cleverly written – but because there was never a sequel to this film, it does feel a little unfinished – which is a big let down.