PREDATOR

Director: John McTiernan
Writer: Jim Thomas/John Thomas
Producers: Joel Silver/Lawrence Gordon/John Davis
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger/Carl Weathers/Elpidia Carrillo/Bill Duke
Year: 1987
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 107 minutes

In the remote jungle of a Central American country, an elite group of commandos led by Major Dutch Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), embarks on a CIA mission to clear out a guerrilla stronghold and rescue the remaining hostages. However, the hunters become the hunted when a highly intelligent, otherwordly being slowly and methodically starts killing off members of Dutch’s team. Possessing a chameleonlike camouflaging ability and a deadly alien arsenal, the creature tracks down the soldiers one by one.

Since the movie Predators is going to be released next week, I shall be watching Predator, Predator 2, Aliens vs. Predators and Aliens vs. Predators 2: Requiem so let’s start where it all started, with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The story is great and well written, it really kept your attention throughout the movie because you really wanted all of the characters to escape or kill the Predator. The characters were also done well as each of them had their own personalities and you cared what happened to them, which is fantastic in a movie. The acting was brilliant however there were a couple of parts that were mediocre but it doesn’t spoil the film in any way. The direction is great, the writing is well done and the special effects were done well, considering this movie is from the eighties. Overall though, Predator is a winner.

The last time I saw this movie, I was eight years old and it was on the television one night and I vaguely remembered it but after watching the movie again, it’s a mystery to me how I didn’t remember it because it’s such a brilliant movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger was brilliant as Dutch and the rest of the cast played their parts great, even if there were a couple of shaky moments. I just loved how you really cared for the characters and how you cared if they lived or died. The special effects were great and it was good to see a bit of eighties’ special effects, it just shows how much times have changed. I also liked how the movie was set in the jungle where you could easily get Now, judging by the review I’ve just written, you’d say that there was hardly anything wrong with the movie, right? Wrong. There were a couple of scenes that bugged me but I’m pretty sure wouldn’t bug others and I can’t say what they are without spoiling however, this kind of spoiled the movie for me a little but I doubt it would for you. That’s my only negative about it but this movie did have some great memorable scenes. If you like science-fiction horror movies, you need to pick this up because this would be a must-watch!

A fantastic sci-fi horror movie that has me looking forward to watching the second one. Definitely one you could watch again!


PREDATOR 2

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writer: Jim Thomas/John Thomas
Producers: Joel Silver/Lawrence Gordon/John Davis
Starring: Danny Glover/Gary Busey/Maria Conchita Alonso/Ruben Blades
Year: 1990
Country: US
BBFC Certification:
18
Duration: 108 minutes

Last time it landed in the jungle. This time, it’s chosen Los Angeles. Ravaged by open warfare between rival drug gangs, L.A. is the perfect killing ground for the Predator, who is drawn by heat and conflict. When the police find mutilated bodies, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan thinks it’s the work of the feuding gangs. Then a mysterious government agent arrives and orders him to stay off the case. Instead, Harrigan sets out to learn what is really going on, and comes face to face with the savage alien in a climatic, electrifying confrontation…

After watching the brilliant first Predator movie, I must admit that I didn’t really have high hopes for this movie and I was right in doing so. The story is quite weak and has been done before in the first movie except for this time, it’s in Los Angeles. The characters weren’t written very well as you really couldn’t care what they had to say or what happened to them at all. The acting was mediocre, Danny Glover gives out a great performance as usual in most of his movies but it’s a shame that it can’t be said for the rest of the cast who starred in this disastrous sequel. The writing wasn’t really very good at all and the direction wasn’t bad but it could have been better. There were some good action sequences but that’s all Predator 2 really has to offer. All in all, a disappointing and pointless sequel to the brilliant Predator.

I really wanted to like this, I really did but I just couldn’t get into it at all. I thought there were some okay scenes but it just wasn’t enough as the story starts off weak and remains so to the end. I thought the acting was very average, Danny Glover did a good job as usual but the rest of the cast were pretty bad. It’s very unfortunate for Danny Glover as his talents are just wasted in this movie. I think one of the big problems with Predator 2, except for the story, was the characters in the movie. I just didn’t really care for any of them! I didn’t care what they said, I didn’t care whether they would stay in the movie or not, I just couldn’t care for any of them. Everything was just bad except for Danny Glover and some of the scenes done in the movie. If you loved the first one and think the second one will be bigger and better, stop thinking that because it’s not. If you keep your expectations very low, then there’s a chance you may enjoy this, however I didn’t. If you like sci-fi horror movies, you might like this.

Below average! Danny Glover’s performance picks the movie up from the ground and some of the scenes in the movie further lifts it up but overall, it’s just not a good sequel at all and is totally pointless.


ALIEN VS. PREDATOR

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Producers: Gordon Carroll/John Davis/David Giler/Walter Hill
Starring: Sanaa Lathan/Lance Henriksen/Raoul Bova/Ewen Bremner/Colin Salmon
Year: 2004
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 101 minutes

It may be our planet, but it’s their war! The deadliest creatures from the scariest sci-fi movies ever made face off for the first time on film beginning when the discovery of an ancient pyramid buried in Antarctica sends a team of scientists and adventurers to the frozen continent. There, they make an even more terrifying discovery: two unstoppable alien races engaged in the ultimate battle…

Alien vs. Predator is quite a tough one to review because, while admittedly it lacks plot and has a simple and basic story and average acting, it was still a bit fun to watch. The story is just too simple and doesn’t really grab you from the start, it takes a while before you could properly get into the movie. Also, it doesn’t delve more into how the war started between the two science-fiction monsters, it only showed you three minutes or so which was a little disappointing. You couldn’t care what happened to the characters, as there was absolutely no personality whatsoever and none of them stood out. They could have been sheep for all we know considering that all of them were the same. The direction wasn’t really good and neither was the writing however there were some cool action scenes in the movie. The acting was below average and this goes to the entire cast, sometimes they were good and sometimes they weren’t. To watch this movie, you’d have to turn your brain on in sleep mode for ninety minutes, as this movie doesn’t require you to think at all. It’s just a brain numbing, harmless movie that shouldn’t be taken seriously.

I have to say that even though I didn’t really like this movie, I can’t deny I didn’t have fun watching it. There were a couple of good fighting scenes with Alien and Predator but there were one or two scenes that were a little silly. I liked the background of the movie, a mysterious pyramid full of traps and Aliens, I thought it added a nice touch to the movie. The acting was just average and it didn’t aspire to try and be better but this is a movie that was destined for mediocrity so it’s something that you could forgive. Paul W.S Anderson didn’t do a terrible job of this movie but at the same time, there’s room for improvement. There were parts in the movie that had me bored but there were parts that were just fun and nothing more. This isn’t really a thinking movie, it doesn’t require you to do anything but have fun and so, if you are going to watch this movie, don’t use your brain. If you’re a fan of both Alien and Predator movies or you just like a good fiction fight, it’s likely you’ll enjoy this.

Just very mediocre and nothing more or nothing less. There were some good scenes in the movie but everything was just average, it wasn’t good or bad.


ALIENS VS. PREDATOR 2: REQUIEM

Director: Colin Strause/Greg Strause
Writer: Shane Salerno
Producers: John Davis/Wyck Godfrey/Walter Hill
Starring: Steven Pasquale/Reiko Aylesworth/John Ortiz
Year: 2007
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 94 minutes

After a horrifying PredAlien crash-lands near a small Colorado town, killing everyone it encounters and producing countless Alien offspring, a lone Predator arrives to "clean up" the infestation. Soon it’s an all-out battle to the death with no rules, no mercy – and hundreds of innocent people caught in the crossfire. As the creature carnage continues, a handful of human survivors attempt a daring escape, but the U.S. government may be hatching a deadly plan of its own…

From the very mediocre Alien vs. Predator comes Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem which is not only probably one of the worst sequels to a movie yet but also one of the worst sci-fi horror movies. The story is not interesting in the slightest and it doesn’t really develop or grip you. There was nothing about the story that kept your attention or stuck out in your mind. Excusing a few scenes, the acting was just very bad and they didn’t make me believe the characters they were portraying whatsoever. The characters were one-dimensional and you didn’t care at all for any of them and they became more annoying as the movie went on. The writing was terrible and just felt like random things were happening and the direction wasn’t good either. There were some okay fight scenes but that’s all Requiem really had going for it.

Aliens vs. Predator 2: Requiem has nothing going for it. It has a couple of good action scenes but there’s nothing else. Everything in the movie could have been improved; from the bland story to the tedious characters. Also, Alien vs. Predator didn’t need a sequel at all so the movie is just even more pointless and doesn’t add anything to the first story whatsoever. The only thing that this movie has improved on is the blood and gore and even then, it still doesn’t really add anything to the movie. The acting is absolutely dire, I just hated how they portrayed their characters because they all looked so bored. However, I’ve seen better acting at a Year 1 Nativity play. No doubt the writing is probably the worst thing about this movie, it’s just so uninspiring and plain and it didn’t really feel like any time was spent thinking about it because it just felt random and completely pointless. I personally thought that Alien vs. Predator was okay, it wasn’t really good or bad but this sequel is just a disaster from start to finish. I can’t speak for the fans but if you are a massive fan of Alien or Predator or both, you may enjoy this but I can’t really see anybody else enjoying this monstrosity.

Terrible! The action scenes were cool to watch but other than that, absolutely terrible and is probably on my list of Top 10 Worst Sequels Ever!


PREDATORS

Director: Nimród Antal
Writers: Michael Finch/Alex Litvak
Producers: Robert Rodriguez/John Davis/Elizabeth Avellan
Starring: Adrien Brody/Laurence Fishburne/Topher Grace/Alice Braga/Danny Trejo/Louis Ozawa Changchien
Year: 2010
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 107 minutes

If you readers have been following, last week I had watched all of the Predator movies and the movies Predator is involved in such as Alien vs. Predator for the arrival of the latest offering to the widely-popular horror action movie series, Predators. However, Predators doesn’t live up to the first movie and it doesn’t live up to the second either. Predators has the most simplistic and most tedious storylines I’ve ever encountered in a movie as it’s simply a game of violent cat-and-mouse thrown in with some people who are either careless maniacs or just plain and uninteresting. Also, the subplot they added to the movie with Nolad’s character didn’t help matters either.

The movie follows Adrien Brody’s character Royce, who is abducted by an alien race and released along with seven other professional killers on an alien planet. On the planet, they meet Nolad, who is played by Laurence Fishburne, who has been surviving on the planet for years and tells the group they were chosen so the Predators could train their skills and so, the group must find a way to survive and escape the planet. It would have probably been a little more enjoyable if the movie didn’t take itself too seriously. The main problem with Predators, apart from taking itself seriously, is the whole story. It just started to bore me within minutes of the movie starting and it tries to make up for it by mindless violence and gore and even then, the action scenes didn’t catch my attention. The movie started okay as we jump right into the action but soon after the group land on ground and the dialogue starts, that was when the movie started to lose interest and credibility and that was when the unnecessary scenes started. The characters talked about nothing interesting and didn’t really talk about anything that was relevant to the movie, it was mostly pointless and quite annoying at times.

Predators just doesn’t stop with the problems and the flaws it has as the characters simply had no personality to them except for what they do such as a scientist, a prisoner, a member of the Yakuza and a mercenary. If the writers left that little bit of information out, there would be no point to any of the characters whatsoever as they didn’t stand out and unfortunately, you didn’t care about what happened to them. Another problem I find with the movie is the acting. Don’t get me wrong, there are some fine actors in this movie such as Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Alice Braga and Topher Grace but you can’t help but wonder how they weren’t good in this movie. Adrien Brody was the youngest actor to win an Academy Award for Best Male Actor for his performance in The Pianist and yet he did quite a poor job in this movie, as he wasn’t convincing at all as tough guy Royce. Unfortunately, it felt like Brody was trying to copy Christian Bale’s Batman voice as he hardly moved his jaw and he spoke as if he was gasping for water or like he had a sore throat so he could sound tough. I just had the urge to suddenly try to give him a Strepsil or a Locket so he could stop talking like he was trying to clear his throat. I also hated how his character was the only character to suddenly work things out just by doing the littlest of things, I was half-expecting him to tell us the entire history of the planet when he brushed an eyelash or scratched his head, it became annoying very fast. Laurence Fishburne wasn’t too bad as Nolad but I’ve certainly seen him do a lot better in movies such as The Matrix and the fantastic Akeelah and the Bee so the acting lets the movie down even more.

For me, the action didn’t keep my attention at all as it was uninspiring, boring and had been done before a million times and so much better. There was one particular scene in the movie that I thought was done quite well and that was, what I like to call, the booby-trap scene. What happens here is one of the one-dimensional characters steps on a massive log in their path and the whole group start avoiding traps, such as falling spikes from trees and camouflaged spike pits. I thought that scene was very well executed but straight after that scene, it just went back to being plain and boring and the dialogue being cringe-worthy. Not only is it possibly one of the worst science-fiction movies I have ever seen but it’s also one of the worst movies 2010 has had so far. One could even go so far to say that it’s possibly ruined the Predator series for me, as it was just unnecessary and just daft.

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3 Responses

  1. Lyndsey

    Is AVP Requiem the one where he makes the girl one of them? it’s the most preposterous film i’ve seen in a long time – i think if i’d been drunk it would have been awesome!! i spent most of the time asking which where Aliens and which were Predators – something to do with tails?

    It upsets me how much they’ve ruined these from the first one. Predator is terrifying but all the others are just bad – and not in a trash action kinda way. Just bad. The last one was funny but only because it was so bad. Did i mention they’re bad?

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  2. David Brook

    I actually kinda like Predator 2. It’s very 80’s, but it’s a lot of fun. There are some crazy shoot outs early on, although the showdown at the end in the spaceship between Danny Glover and the Predator is a bit comedy.

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