Predators expands the Predator premise and has a rather original opening.
An unnamed character played by Adrien Brody (Slice) wakes up and discovers he is falling through the sky. He barely gets the parachute open in time.
Brody’s character has no clue why he woke up falling in space, where he is once he gets to the ground or why he’s there in the first place.
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A terrible script by two first-time writers gives Hungarian director Nimrod Antal (Armored) very little to work with and he has to drag the film out. Once on land, Brody connects with others who were parachuted in the same way.
One horribly written line after another and 20 minutes later, they learn they’re being hunted for sport. After a very long time and even more badly written lines, one of them is dead.
And not in the creative manner that fans of this genre have come to expect.
From there the characters die in their order of importance to the plot. That means leads Brody and Braga are pretty much safe, until the end. And — no — I didn’t give anything away. No surprises exist in this one, just a few premise changes.
You get an update on the predators. There are more of them, and they’re in some sort of hierarchy. The press notes refer to a Berserker Predator, a tracker and falconer. Add to that a Black Super Predator and a Falconer Super Predator.
And of course, for those who prefer something more simple and recognizable — the Classic Predator.
Predators is a movie you love if it’s your thing. Key word: if. It’s not mine. I didn’t mind the popular original from 1987 that starred — as a friend recently pointed out — two future governors, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura.
Everything after is a wash or a washout — including this one.
Mr. Movie rating: 2 1/2 stars
Rated R for violence, language, mature themes. It opens Friday, July 9 at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.