CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Predators" is the best "Predator" since 1987

After watching the exciting previews for **The Expendables** and **Wall Street Money Never Sleeps,** one would think a let down would occur when the featured attraction, **Predators** began. Instead, the audience, along with the protagonist Royce (Adrien Brody), is plunged into a jungle from the sky with a slow opening parachute. Pretty soon, Royce is joined by seven other people who have no idea why they are in the jungle.

The eight people do have a checkered past, some people are mercenaries, some are serial killers and some happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. As the eight people begin to realize the depth of their danger, a new species of Predator begins using the humans as prey.

"Predators" is the best "Predator" movie since since the original flick, circa1987. The original film featured a great ensemble cast that included two future governors, Arnold Schwarzengger and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Despite the camaraderie, **Predator** is remembered as a primal visceral experience that the three sequels had yet to capture. This new film returns to the classic dramatic conflicts of man versus self, beast and environment.

Between some well directed action sequences there are fast discussions about ethics. One individual makes consistently selfish choices, yet these choices lead to the survival of this multicultural group. Caught in the snare of a booby trap, these eight individuals harvest their cultural resources to defend themselves against the **Predators.**

**Predators** also acknowledges the anthropology of the fan base. Fans familiar with the **Predators** know what to expect from the title characters, but writer/producer Robert Rodriquez manages to throw some surprising curve balls to the science fiction fan base.

***Predator** works as a stand alone Saturday Matinee flick. Given the adjustments that Rodriguez has made, the door is open to continue this series on a more sinister level. (It is not explained who sentenced these people to the Predator Game Preserve.) Yet if the box office does not merit it, expect more cheesy **Predator** sequels in the future
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