Predators

Predators

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Director: Nimród Antal, Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga

Cast: Nimród Antal, Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga

     
 

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A group of hardened killers are hunted on an alien planet in producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal's entry into the popular sci-fi action franchise. Mercenaries, murderers, gangsters, and convicts, they were the most feared men on Earth. But now they're a long way from home, and when the

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A group of hardened killers are hunted on an alien planet in producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal's entry into the popular sci-fi action franchise. Mercenaries, murderers, gangsters, and convicts, they were the most feared men on Earth. But now they're a long way from home, and when the predators become the prey, fearless mercenary Royce (Adrien Brody) prepares for the fight of his life. And he's not alone, because Mexican gangster Cuchillo (Danny Trejo), Israeli Defense Forces veteran Isabelle (Alice Braga), notorious mass murderer Stans (Walton Goggins), Russian Special Forces operative Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov), RUF death squad member Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), and sword-wielding Yakuza Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien) are all armed to the teeth, and out for blood. The odd man out is Edwin (Topher Grace), a once-prominent physician whose career came to an end following a big scandal. When the motley crew encounters Noland (Laurence Fishburne), a resourceful human who has somehow managed to survive on the alien's hunting grounds for some time, they prepare to take the ultimate stand against the most powerful Predators yet.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The Predator franchise gets a boost of much-needed testosterone in this reverent reboot that enjoyably kick-starts the series it was looking to resurrect, even if it rehashes a bit too many of the aesthetics of the Arnold classic in the process. From the jungle setting to the note-for-note score, Predators seriously wants to tap into what made the original film so great in the first place, which it actually accomplishes in a no-nonsense B-movie way. It also opens up the mandible monster's world just enough to justify more outrageous creature FX while laying enough groundwork for an interstellar adventure that still feels like a continuation of the first film's jungle setting. The movie will no doubt fit the bill for Predator junkies who have been so sorely mistreated in movie-theater seats as of late. In turn, series newcomers are dealt a lot of what made the initial film a success -- minus the larger-than-life cast, which this one fumbles somewhat, despite the varied star-power it boasts. The pic explodes upon the screen from the first second, with a Special Ops commando (Adrien Brody) free-falling through the sky, only to have an automatic parachute unfurl seconds before he plummets to his death. Upon hitting the ground, he finds himself in a jungle -- with other humans falling through the trees shortly thereafter. Before long, a group forms, with just about every member admitting to being a hardcore killer from different spots on Earth. One look at the alien skyline and a few monster attacks later, and the team comes to terms with the fact that they've been placed on a game preserve by an alien species that lives to hunt. Cue discoveries. Cue traps. Cue familiar themes. Cue the mankind-being-just-as-evil plotline. When it comes down to it, Predators taps into the original film's iconographic storytelling techniques so much that it genuinely feels like a true continuation. Gone are the football-pad-wearing Predators of AVP, and in their place are multiple cool Predators who study and mimic their prey in the exact way people familiar with the series expect them to. While the film's main flaw could very well be that it hits on too many familiar notes from the series, it's still a lean, action-packed time at the movies in an age where "bigger is better." Another ding in its armor could be the cast itself, which looks to be the perfect DNA make-up for a solid ensemble, yet in a few instances (other than the wilder-than-wild Laurence Fishburne), opportunities are wasted (Danny Trejo, anyone?), with other characters used merely as placeholders to hearken back to previous beloved characters (dear Oleg Taktarov, your gun was somehow a lot cooler when Jesse "The Body" Ventura used it originally). There's also at least one painful CG moment that's just plain pitiful, especially in a film with so much practical FX work. Yet, for any nitpicky digs that it may warrant, Predators is solid. Director Nimród Antal knows how to shoot action without resorting to jerky camerawork, and his methodical shooting style exudes class -- something that's been missing since the much-maligned second film. The Predators themselves look quite good -- props must go out to KNB EFX for continuing Stan Winston's legacy -- but the lone exception is how little face time the big bad Predator is given near the end. Probably the best thing about the film is that it's open-ended, so there's hope for a continuation that doesn't feel the need to regurgitate its predecessor's blueprint. As fun as all of this is, one can't help but yearn for a fresher angle on the material that doesn't ape the slow burn of the original -- or feel bound by an uninspired script that falls flat in the last act. This movie monster certainly deserves better, but sometimes you take what you get.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2010
UPC:
0024543672067
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:47:00

Special Features

Disc 1 blu-ray:; Predators in high definition; Robert Rodriguez presents motion comics - exclusive prequel vignettes: moments of extraction (Isabelle, Cuchillo, Hanzo, Mombasa) and crucified; Commentary by producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal; Evaluation of the species: predators reborn; The chosen featurette; Fox movie channel presents making a scene; Deleted and extended scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrien Brody Royce
Topher Grace Edwin
Alice Braga Isabelle
Walton Goggins Stans
Oleg Taktarov Nikolai
Laurence Fishburne Noland
Danny Trejo Cuchillo
Louis Ozawa Changchien Hanzo
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali Mombasa
Carey Jones Berserker/Tracker/Falconer Predators
Brian Steele Berserker/Tracker/Falconer Predators
Derek Mears Classic Predator

Technical Credits
Nimród Antal Director
Jeff B. Adams Set Decoration/Design
Elizabeth Avellan Producer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Brian Bettwy Asst. Director
Bill Scott Co-producer
J.C. Cantu Casting
Dan Zimmerman Editor
John Davis Producer
John Debney Score Composer
Caylah Eddleblute Production Designer
KNB EFX Makeup Special Effects
Paula Fairfield Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Finch Screenwriter
Gregory C. Funk Makeup Special Effects
Jake Garber Makeup Special Effects
William Jacobs Sound/Sound Designer
Steve "Q" Joyner Production Designer
Alex Litvak Screenwriter
Carla Murray Sound/Sound Designer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Gyula Pados Cinematographer
Angelo Palazzo Sound/Sound Designer
Adele Plauche Set Decoration/Design
Nina Proctor Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Proper Associate Producer
Robert Rodriguez Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Richard S. Wood Special Effects Supervisor
Alex Young Executive Producer

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Predators 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The predators had brought an assortment of humans to another planet. The group was clearly selected carefully. It included an ex-military mercenary, a Mexican drug cartel enforcer, a Spetsnaz soldier, an Israel Defense Forces sniper, a Revolutionary United Front officer, a death row inmate, a Yakuza enforcer, and a serial killer. At first these individuals hadn't any idea what was happening. They considered explanations from their backgrounds - kidnapped for ransom, military tests, drugs, behavioral experiments - none made any sense. Each had been in high risk situations before being brought there, they briefly wondered if they were already dead and in Hell. Soon enough they found themselves not only being hunted, but also caught in a blood feud between 2 different Predator Clans. This gives fans: Predator vs Yakusa. Predator vs Soldiers. Predator vs Predator. It also introduces the audience to Predator Hunting Dogs. In the climax, the mercenary lures a massive Predator into an ambush. He set the area around him on fire, the intense heat blinds the Predator. Fans of the Predator series, will enjoy this a lot.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great film that stays true to the original Predator franchise instead of diluting the original story with the Alien vs. Predator franchise. Adrien Brody definitely embodies what people do and think when they find themselves in a situation they do not understand. I thought it was interesting when I found out there was an even more dangerous subspecies of Predator. I liked that the new Predators shared traits with human hunters, such as bear traps, mechanical hunting falcons, and a pack of alien hunting dogs. Whenever I watch this movie, the thought of being hunted by creatures of that kind of lethality. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys some good old fashion science fiction.
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Stebono More than 1 year ago
Not much to the plot, Adrian is not a good actor let alone the lead in this movie. Very predictable and slow starting, even when the action starts moving pretty good it seemed the movie was going to redeem itself but then we went back to boring. The dog predators was a good add and so was the birds of prey at least the little bit they showed of them but again it was not enough to keep me captive. If you're a young kid or some of the brain dead adults that are becoming so common these days you'll probably like this movie, I sure didn't. It is the typical Holly-weird trash we been getting too much of lately, poor & dumb is in these days!
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Soovie More than 1 year ago
So, my brother and sister n law brought over a couple of movies for me to watch. Among them was Predators. So, I sat down and popped the movie into my DVD drive on my PC, and started watching. And what did I think about the movie? The characters were rather interesting. You have an ex-military personnel, a doctor, a scientist, a swordsman, a fighter, a prisoner, and a female specialist. So, what do all these characters have in common? They are all hunters of some sort. They were all dropped on a planet from parachutes on a mysterious planet, which they find out later in the movie. Basically, it's a hunters vs hunters style movie. The Setting of the movie takes place on a foreign planet that is either a planet, or a moon. I'm guessing a moon. This planet has some interesting critters, and plants to boot. The monsters on this planet are rather unique to the storyline. I won't delve too much into this as to not spoil the movie for others. Over all rating. What did I think over all? The movie was presented in a drop you into the action kind of deal. Which isn't all that bad really. Personally, I enjoyed the movie. Out of 5 stars, I'd give this movie 4.5 stars. Reason being is I don't believe any movie should receive a 5 star rating, as all movies can be improved on. Also, one persons perspective on what can be improved will differ from person to person. I hope this review gives you the information you need.
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
its as good as the first two predator movies its differnt features differnt charecters and its easy to enjoy if only arnie would return to this movie series as dutch because in the first predator movie dutch put up a very good fight with the predator/alien creature
Anonymous More than 1 year ago