A comedy which sees the action at war with the humour, the audience, their expectations, THE PREDATOR can make even make the nerds go loggerheads with their beliefs and likings.
In the late eighties, a wonder called Shane Black roused to fame as the dirty joke-spewing Hawkins in John McTiernan’s PREDATOR starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. PREDATOR became a cult on its own that attracted sequels, spin offs like ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, PREDATOR 2, ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM (AVP 2), PREDATORS FROM BEYOND NEPTUNE, PREDATORS, after 30 years, THE PREDATOR returns and we ask why.
A clear cut example of how far corporate can go overenthusiastic and messy for mass consumption. THE PREDATOR is a classic case of an R rated chaotic mess.
It’s more disappointing to find the terrific Shane Black – the helmer of the tongue and cheek KISS KISS BANG BANG, the gosling but incredibly funny THE NICE GUYS in what we called as the snark genre achieving absolutely nothing in THE PREDATOR.
When Shane Black wrote the screenplay of LETHAL WEAPON, it was a phenomenon, decades later here in association with Fred Dekker (TALES FROM THE CRYPT) an out righteously bizarre scenario is created where the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. Now this one tries to explain the origin of these alien creatures which previous franchise didn,t bothered but what we get is a mess. And how they come to earth, well a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth. A ragtag crew of mentally unstable military men, one evolutionary biologist can prevent the end of the human race.
The team of Black & Dekker is back after MONSTER SQUAD so the influence of wacky characters – group of mentally unstable military men, and one evolutionary biologist is there but nothing goes right and the movie doesn,t do any good to the diminishing reputation of Predators’.
Is there anything to enjoy?, well the answer is the movie is a joke on itself and if that sounds funny then those haphazardly edited action sequences might serve as a ‘kick’ for a while for some. Others might debate on who is the hero of this movie, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane or their surreal thoughts that the makers by mistake took it as humour. Moral of THE PREDATOR story is that mental illness can be cured by killing monsters.
Fans of the PREDATOR who got disappointed by the ALIEN VS PREDATOR movie which made them cry and feel ‘hurted’, Shane Black’s foul mouthed and violent THE PREDATOR adds more ‘chutney’ to the wounds. Getting influenced by 80’s action is awesome but how can cheap tricks extract an honest smile…