While I try to stay away from sequels, after watching the trailer for Predators I thought “Maybe this sequel will be different from other sequels.”
Well, it wasn’t.
I’m sure if you are a sci-fi buff or liked the other Predator movies you will like this one just fine — there is even a reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character from the first movie. But, it’s really the same old story line with updated characters and newer special effects, although the special effects aren’t really as “out of this world” as they could be.
Predators is the third film in the Predator series, but there have been two other “crossover” films with the Alien series of films, Alien vs. Predator in 2004 and Aliens vs. Predator Requiem in 2007.
In this sequel, a group of killers are unceremoniously dropped into a jungle on a distant world. While all but two are heavily armed, it takes a while before they figure out they are no longer the hunters, but the hunted.
As killers, it also takes them a while before they begin to trust each other enough to team together against the enemy, that has started to kill them off one at a time.
Although Royce (Adrien Brody) would prefer to go-it alone, he quickly becomes the unspoken leader of the group and establishes a relationship with Isabelle (Alice Braga), a militia fighter from Central America. It is Isabelle who tells the story of a group of Americans who came to her country and encountered the same type creature (the first Predator movie) — she also tells how they killed the alien.
Royce and Isabelle realize the group of mercenaries, killers and convicts must band together to defeat the creatures. Along the way, the group encounters Noland (Laurence Fishburn). Noland has been on the planet a long time — too long really — and survived living in a crashed spaceship and evading the Predators using one of their own “cloaking” spacesuits.
One by one, the Predators pick off members of the group leaving only Royce, Isabelle and Edwin (Topher Grace). The three decide to make their way back to the only place they can find a spaceship and a way off the planet — the Predators’ killing ground. There are a few surprises in Predators, but for the most part you can just about script out what is going to happen before it happens.
Brody, Braga and Grace all play their parts well, and Grace does a good job of concealing his true self until the end. Fishburn, for the short time he is in the movie, does an OK job, but it’s not his best part.
If you like the Predator series, you’ll like this one, if not, pass it by and rent something else.