From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. The universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biologist can prevent the end of the human race.
Bad isn’t necessarily the word that I would use to describe the Predator. Messy and wasteful would probably be the perfect words for Shane Black’s newest film. Shane Black has made some really good films, however it seems like he tried to operate within his wheelhouse of buddy comedies here, but sadly that doesn’t fuse well with a Predator movie.
Nothing in this movie makes any damn sense. Everything is so messy. Sterling K. Brown’s character is a big part of this movie and then his character just disappears out of thin air. There might have been a scene depicting what happens to him but it’s filmed so choppily that you can hardly tell what happens to him. He also at one point is shown walking into a building and then about 5 seconds later is shown with sunglasses on for some reason? It is also pitch black at night when this happens I should mention. Our “heroes” our able to know exactly where a helicopter is going without tracking it in any way. Death is treated like no major deal in this film as well, Jacob Tremblay’s character actually blows up a few people and were supposed to act like nothing serious just happened.
This film has a few decent jokes, but the rest are just terrible. I like a lot of the talent involved here so maybe that’s why it upsets me to see this movie fail on such a major level. It seems like everyone was trying to act with a different tone. Olivia Munn is incredibly serious, most of the male actors are not serious at all. Jacob Tremblay is good, like normal but just doesn’t seem to know what to do with his source material. The Predator is not really fully explained in this film either, we sort of get a sense of why it is here, but my goodness what a stupid reason. It would have also have been nice to have some scenes that were full of tension. There is one total in the entire film, and it happens with a main character so early on, that you know exactly how it is going to turn out.
Do I sound upset? I’m a little bit upset. I really like a few of the predator movies, but the universe has had its fair share of pretty bad films. So when a director that I like is hired, and I get myself excited to see what he does with a film, it stings to see it fail so miserably. It started out well enough where I thought to myself “wow how are people hating this movie so much?” however about an hour later I had a pretty good idea what had made audiences so upset. I’m a little upset too, this could’ve been so much better.