Saturday, July 10, 2010
|My Rating:||6 / 10|
|Date Seen:||Thursday, July 8, 2010|
|Theater:||Alamo Drafthouse Ritz|
|Movie Site Links:||IMDB,Netflix,Rotten Tomatoes,Flixster|
Royce (Adrien Brody) wakes up to find himself falling from the sky. He has no idea how he got in that predicament, but fortunately a parachute deploys just in time to allow him to land all in one piece. A few other people (including characters played by Danny Trejo, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Topher Grace, and Oleg Taktarov) soon join him in the same manner. Before too long (and with the help of a hackish exposition tying this movie to the original Predator), they discover that they're actually on some other planet and being hunted for sport by some kind of creature with superior technology, kind of like an alien version of The Most Dangerous Game.
I have mixed feelings about this movie. It definitely feels like a real Predator movie, and there are some good action scenes, but there were just too many mistakes made for me to be satisfied with it. No amount of acting can make Adrien Brody seem like a real badass, and his imitation of Christian Bale's Batman voice throughout the whole movie was just plain annoying (especially when Laurence Fishburne shows up halfway through doing the same voice like some kind of nightmarish dueling banjos). I was also disappointed with finale, particularly because they dangled an awesome ending in front of us before yanking it back and leaving us with something completely boring and predictable. It's not that it's a bad movie, but it is a little painful when you realize how much better it could have been if they had made some better choices.