Review: The Predator (2018)

The Predator

The Predator

Genre: Action, Adventure
Duration: 108 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 14-SEP-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5

Plot:
When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

Overall Review:
The Predator, the fourth feature film, comes from the sleeve of the man who breathed new life into the genre of the action film in the eighties. Shane Black, known for his action-comedies, comes back after 30 years in Direction / Script co-writing seat with 2018’s version of THE PREDATOR which is not a reboot of the original. Nevertheless 2018’s Predator holds a special significance to Shane Black as he starred in the original 1987 film starring Arnold. The story this time around, of course involves a Predator who is much different than the Predators of the past. They are now stronger, smarter, and faster than ever before. Black’s approach is refreshingly original. He doesn’t waste time kicking things into gear, beginning with a spaceship narrowly escaping a chase in outer space and crash-landing on Earth, with a Predator making it out via an escape pod. A military sniper (Boyd Holbrook) encounters a predator on a disastrous mission and is locked up to in order to be kept quiet. But, unbeknownst to the shady government agent (Sterling K. Brown) involved in the cover-up, he’s already shipped the gear he stole off the creature to his estranged family and when his son (Jacob Tremblay) activates it, the predators come to take back what’s theirs. 2018’s version is exceedingly gory (where faces are ripped off and bodies are sliced into pieces). The best part of the film is its acting, specifically the chemistry between the whole cast. The story was fun to watch with the script giving all its characters their own moments while the action was thrilling to watch with plenty of violence. Production values are highly polished across the board. Black’s script is razor-sharp in terms of dialogue but feels a little disjointed in places. The second half is much weaker than the first, and the climax actually somewhat disappointing in terms of pay-off and thrill factor. The score of Henry Jackman is really good, Overall, the film is a high octane fun, brutal fighting machine and humorous that wastes no time getting down to business. Well, for the first half, at least.

PDF Verdict:
Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ is a film built with enough entertaining individual moments that have a mix of humor and gruesome violence, but it didn’t come together in a way that allowed it to make it more of a lasting impression as it loses steam by the time it gets to its climax. Still its definelty a step-up from its 80’s and 90’s Sequels.

Ratings: 3.25 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5
CGI: 3.5 on 5

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