Directed by Nimrod Antal and starring Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Oleg Taktarov and Louis Ozawa Changchien, Predators brings back the franchise to where it truly belongs – set in the jungle. Producer Robert Rodriquez had come up with the script back in 1994 but had to wait till last year for the movie to be greenlit and out comes a worthy sequel to Arnold’s original Predator movie.
If you have seen the trailer then you will know that a group of humans – black ops soldier turned mercenary, a sniper from the Israeli army, a Mexican drug cartel enforcer, a Russian soldier, an RUF soldier, a Yakuza soldier, a death row inmate and a doctor – all find themselves parachuting from the air into an unfamiliar jungle. All of them are armed and trained to kill with the exception of the doctor and the inmate has no guns. Royce the black ops soldier (Brody) leads the team to find higher ground and as they reach there they see an alien sky and realize that they are not on earth.
Having found empty cages and a plant with a neurotoxic poison, the body of a maimed US soldier, they are suddenly attacked by alien wild beasts. Although they kill a few of them, the beasts seem to be getting the upper hand when a whistle blows, calling back all of the ‘dogs’ from the attack. This leads the team to believe that they are on an alien game reserve and are being hunted for sport or for training purposes. The Mexican is killed by an unseen force. The team then find a hunting encampment with a tied up alien Predator. Three large Predators decloak and attack the humans, killing the RUF officer.
They then run into Noland (Fishburne) a US air assault officer who was dumped on the planet but has survived for many years. Although he initially seems to help them with food & water, he tried to kill them. As the group escapes, Noland is killed by a Predator. The Russian Nikolai sacrifices himself to kill one of the Predators, while Hanzo (the Japanese enforcer) kills another and died himself in a sword fight. The inmate is killed by the 3rd and last remaining large Predator. Edwin (the doctor) is injured by a trap as he, Royce, and Isabelle head for the encampment. When Isabelle refuses to abandon him, Royce leaves them both behind and they are caught by the remaining large Predator. Royce frees the smaller Predator and heads for the ship as the two Predators confront each other. The larger Predator kills its foe and then destroys the ship as it takes off. Meanwhile, Edwin paralyzes Isabelle with the neurotoxic poison on his scalpel and reveals that on Earth he was a psychopathic murderer, and feels that he fits in on this planet among the monsters. Royce appears, never having boarded the ship, and saves Isabelle by stabbing Edwin through the throat.
The doctor is fitted with bombs to booby trap the Predator and Royce kills him. He & Isabelle are the only two remaining on the planet but as the day breaks, they see more prey being parachuted down to the planet’s surface.
Very good action adventure type movie. Brings the Predator back to the jungle just like the original one did and it thrives in that element of hunter & prey. 8 outta 10!