The Predator” film series first burst into theaters back in 1987(!), and since then the alien hunters have been seen in various sequels including the ultimate showdown with the alien creatures from the “Alien” films in “Alien vs. Predator” (2004) and “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem” (2007).
The hunters are back in the current film “The Predator”, a sequel to the other films. While many science fiction/action fans were excited to see the return of these expert alien predators, I was mildly excited. Personally, I enjoy the “Alien” films over the “Predator” series, but what kind of sci-fi fan would I be if I didn’t venture to the theater?
The plot of the film involves an Army Ranger sniper, Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) witnessing the crash landing of a Predator ship while on a military mission. McKenna is able to incapacitate the Predator, steal his armor, and mail it off to his home before he is captured by a government agent. The alien is taken in for study, later escapes, resulting in the lock down of the government facility. Meanwhile, McKenna and his fellow captives witness the Predator escape from the facility while being pursued by biologist Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn). As it turns out, the Predator has come to Earth to warn humanity that certain other Predators are attempting to improve themselves by using human DNA. Meanwhile, another Predator, twice the size of the first alien, and accompanied by Predator Dogs, has landed on Earth in pursuit of the so called Predator traitor. Adding further complications for McKenna, is the kidnapping of his son, who came in contact with the Predator armor. McKenna’s son Rory (Jacob Tremblay), is autistic, a condition considered by the Predators to be an advancement in the human race. The kidnapping results in a showdown between McKenna, his fellow soldiers and the Predator.
This film, while exciting at times, has many flaws. Viewers must deal with implausible situations (even for sci-fi), questionable acting, annoying characters, and B-grade actors. The editing is choppy at times, clearly displayed when a dog in the film that previously featured
in a scene with Rory, is shown running down a street, but we never see where the dog goes. I thought he was hopping on a bus with the other characters, but alas, the pooch is never seen again. The characters also continue to fire guns even though they have little effect on the Predators. In fact, they have to get beside the aliens for the guns to have any effect at all. One would think as many times as these Predators have visited the Earth, according to the scientist in the film, this film universe would have discovered an effective way
to battle the hunters.
I really don’t recommend this film to kids, as the characters seem to love the “F bomb”, and there is gore galore.
A couple of the actors, Thomas Jane (“The Thin Red Line”) and Alfie Allen (“Game of Thrones”) are definitely slumming here. As for the lead actor, the less said the better.
The ending seems very convenient as a method to battle the aliens is finally revealed. The third act of the film, according to press reports, was entirely re-shot, but by then this less-than-stellar sequel has collapsed. The tag line for “The Predator” is: the hunt has evolved. Unfortunately, the hunt has evolved into a bad movie. (Rated R)