I am a huge fan of the original Predator movie, the Arnold Schwarzenegger one. This was one of the earliest sci-fi movies like this that I can remember seeing. It had so much to try to take in I watched it more times than I care to admit. I loved how the Predator took Dutch’s (Schwarzenegger’s) team of soldiers apart leaving only Dutch to fight the alien hunting them. This was followed by Predator 2, and later on Alien vs Predator, which was not as bad as a lot of people say it was. Although don’t get me started on the sequel to Alien vs Predator. Then we had Predators, which many say is the worthy sequel to Predator (I half agree, but I did like Predator 2)
Predators starts with our protagonist (Adrian Brody) falling through the air, thankfully a parachute opens and he lands, albeit with a little thud. There with Brody is I think seven or eight other people. All are some sort of fighter. One is a Columbian cartel enforcer, another is a member of the Yakuza. Another is a Spetznaz soldier and you get the picture. This little group slowly try to figure out what is happening to them and they soon find out that they are in a game reserve for the Predators. As the film carries on we meet Noland, played by Laurence Fishburne, and I think that Fishburne has a lot of fun with this role.
This film does not mess about, the action is good, there is a nice level of terror and a couple of good little twists. Adrian Brody and Laurence Fishburne are not the only faces that you will recognise which helps the strength of the film. The soundtrack is taken straight from the original movie too which tugs at the nostalgia strings in our heads. The visuals are stunning, although I don’t think that the jungle in the movie is alien enough for an alien planet but it is still very much worth a watch.