Predators

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Apparently, there is this huge rush in Hollywood to revisit the films of the ‘80s.  In recent memory, we have seen the return of “Friday the 13th”, “Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Clash of the Titans”, “Karate Kid”, and now the studios are attempting to hitch a ride on the coat tails of other Sci-Fi franchises from the ‘80s such as the Alien and Predator series.  I abhor such tasteless attempts to capitalize on existing films!  I mean, does Hollywood think we aren’t going to see through this transparent attempt to turn in a “blockbuster” without ACTUALLY creating a new story?  This method of filmmaking could be summarized in a more literary term: plagiarism.  The word is defined as “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work”.  That sounds about right to me.

To begin with, there is a lot wrong with anyone attempting to follow up on the masterful work of such an original movie as “Predator” (see my earlier review of this film).  I know that a lot of people out there think that a sequel to a hit movie is just a natural instinct, almost like a reflex.  Folks, I am here to tell you it isn’t.  Worse still, there are players within Hollywood that feel it is somehow necessary to exploit 1 successful movie and a somewhat successful sequel with doing yet another film.  The problem with these so-called franchises is that they were never designed that way.  In other words, “Lord of the Rings”, “the Matrix”, “Harry Potter”, and the iconic “Star Wars” films were all designed to be more than a single movie.  When you look at the Predator & Alien series of films, it is obvious that is NOT the case here.

“Predators” is the latest in this string of bad-idea films and it doesn’t bode well for future movies that fall under this same kind of umbrella.  I guess Hollywood wised up and saw that the shot-for-shot remakes of all the Horror movies were being condemned long before they ever hit the big screen.  Now, they say “oh, this isn’t a sequel OR a prequel – it’s a continuation of the story”.  If you understand what precisely that means, please let me know.  “Predators” starts off fairly promising, but it quickly shows its hand.  Worse still, “Predators” makes a horrible mistake: it actually borrows several lines, the musical score, and a song from the original movie!  That’s right fellow sci-fi fans – they actually use the lines “over here” and “come on and kill me – I am right here”!  Can you believe that?!?!

The characters are cardboard cut-outs and have no depth.  They die off as fast as they show up.  Topher Grace plays a nice psycho, but he could have done more with it.  Laurence Fishburne was wasted in this film, and he was barely in it!  The only plus in this film was Adrien Brody, who surprised me as an action hero.  He actually did a fantastic job with his character in the movie and carried the entire movie on his shoulders.  Well done, Adrien!

Don’t waste your money or your time with this one folks.  You can even skip owning or renting this one.  Yep, it is THAT bad.  I suppose you can’t expect much when the Director’s name is Nimrod.  (I swear, I am NOT lying!)  But wait!  It gets better….Robert Rodriguez, the film’s producer says that there will definitely be a sequel to this.  It is such a sad, sad state of affairs when this was the best-looking Sci-Fi flick being released this summer.

…and that’s it for this edition of THE REEL VOICE

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