The hunt has evolved – and so has the explosive action – in the next chapter of the Predator series, from director Shane Black (Iron Man 3). Now, the most lethal hunters in the universe are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before….and only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race.
2018 saw the release of a new Predator movie, written by Fred Dekker and directed by Shane Black. It was a hotly anticipated movie, one that was doomed to fail. There’s no way for any movie to live up to the hype that surrounded this movie prior to its release. Two big names were attached, and everyone expected it to be the second coming. Suffice it to say, it wasn’t, and people were disappointed. I even fell victim to the hype myself. I didn’t dislike The Predator when I saw it in theaters, but I didn’t love it, either. Thankfully I’ve revisited it a few times since then, and have learned not only a new appreciation for the movie, but also, The Predator might be one of the most misunderstood movies of all time.
Since my theatrical trip, I’ve viewed The Predator three additional times. I love it, if I’m being totally honest, but it took me a couple of viewings to grasp exactly what it was attempting to do. If I don’t know a film’s intentions, how can I fairly judge if it accomplished its goals or not? I can’t. My appreciation for The Predator lies within the fact that it’s a big budget B-movie. I’m not entirely sure what people were expecting, I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but what The Predator sets out to do, it does very well. It’s a funny movie, first and foremost. I wasn’t expecting that. Most movies have a sprinkling of humor thrown in for good measure these days, but The Predator is legitimately funny, with likable characters, delivering funny lines from a well-written script, delivered by competent actors, directed by Shane Black, who should be a household name for most.
Where some people see failure, I see a group of guys having fun, and getting what would normally be a low budget monster movie, funded with big bucks, and released into every cinema in the land. It’s quite a feet, delivering such a movie, especially when the entire world was apparently expecting you to do something entirely different. I am in love with The Predator, and it is my personal wish that this same crew could make several more. While I’m not a fan of the very end of the film(it felt tacked on) it doesn’t hurt my enjoyment of the movie, especially considering it’s kind of a second ending, to begin with. I’d cautiously recommend The Predator to damn-near everyone, but I wish I could be there to guide you through your viewing experience. There’s fun to be hand, if you dash whatever expectations you had, and watch The Predator for what it is, and not what you wanted it to be.
- Deleted Scenes
- A Touch of Black
- Predator Evolution
- The Takedown Team
- Predator Catch-Up