The Predator (2018)

Director: Shane Black

Writer: Fred Dekker, Shane Black (Screenplay) Jim Thomas, John Thomas (Characters)

Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen

 

Plot: When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.


Tagline – You’ll never see him coming.

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Commits to Comical Tone

 

Story: The Predator starts as we meet elite sniper Quinn McKenna (Holbrook) whose latest job sees a spacecraft crash land with a Predator butchering his team, with a few goodies he finds, he sends home, knowing what is coming. With his son Rory (Tremblay) being an Asperger’s sufferer, he accidently unlocks the code trapped within the system.

Government agent Traeger (Brown) is trying to unlock the system and when the captured Predator escapes, Quinn must team up with other soldiers branded crazy, Nebraska (Rhodes), Coyle (Key), Baxley (Jane), Lynch (Allen) and Nettles (Aguilera) who help scientist Casey (Munn) find a solution for the new Predator problem.

 

Thoughts on The Predator

 

Characters – Quinn McKenna is a sniper who finds himself in the middle of the latest Predator ship crash landing, surviving his first encounter with the creature, he uses the technology to escape, he must use his training to protect his son and save the world from the impending attack. We do know he isn’t the best family man, but this night should bring him closer to his son. Nebraska is one of the ‘crazy’ soldiers, he will help Quinn becoming the connection between the rest pushing them to do the right thing. Rory is the Asperger’s sufferer that can solve puzzles others can barely unpack, he is your typical different student and school, the outsider if you like. Casey is the scientist bought in to help understand just what is happening with the Predator’s visiting Earth and certain questions about their DNA. Traeger is the government that is trying to keep the lid on everything, he will kill anyone that cross the government to keep secrets and has a dark sense of humour. The rest of the soldiers, Coyle, Baxley, Lynch and Nettles do have their own problems from serving in the military with this battle giving them a chance to redeem themselves.

PerformancesBoyd Holbrook in the leading role is good for the film, he doesn’t reach the levels of Arnie and will fit in well with the rest of the leads. Trevante Rhodes is the guy you most want to watch, he gets the best scenes for the military unit. Jacob Tremblay is getting a reputation for playing kids with troubled sides, he seems to be excellent at this type of role, this however would be his weakest outing so far. Olivia Munn is good even though she doesn’t get the best scenes to work with. Sterling K Brown makes for a great fun human villain and the rest of the unit show good chemistry.

StoryThe story here follows another group of soldiers that come face to face with a Predator and must fight back to survive, this time we have a bigger, badder Predator. Now is a fun story to watch, however if you are a fan of the original this will not give you everything you want to see. The biggest plus in this movie is explaining why the Predators visit Earth, watching this is the right move for the franchise. The story does show insensitive when it comes to dealing with the military unit that clearly have their own mental health problems which sadly gets overlooked and turned into a running joke. For a man of Shane Black’s calibre, we would expect better written scenes, instead of just lazy insults. The key element to take away from the story is that we are watching something fun that has moved away from the original tone.

Action/Adventure/Horror/Sci-FiThe action is big, we get the fights which are big and bloody which is all we want to see, the horror does take a back burner as even when the film tries to be suspenseful it falls short, but the blood does help us out here. The sci-fi side of the film comes from trying to build a bigger world for the Predators to visit from.

SettingsThe film doesn’t make use of the settings too, we get the woodland area which plays into Predators speciality.

Special EffectsThe effects here are very weak for the budget, the opening sequence alone is poor for what we would expect, when it comes to the camouflage ability doesn’t even look better than the 87 film.


Scene of the Movie –
Hello big boy.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Making a joke of the mental health problems soldiers face.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun sequel, the tone does stay the same from start to finish which other big blockbusters have failed to do, we get to see more about the history of Predators and most importantly we learn just how deadly they can be.

 

Overall: Fun and enjoyable.

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Franchise Weekend – Robocop 3 (1993)

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Plot: Robocop saves the day once more. This time the half man/half robot takes on ruthless developers who want to evict some people on “their” land.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tidy Finish

 

Story: Robocop 3 starts as we see the city being redeveloped at the hands of Kanemitsu (Mako) and the CEO (Torn) who are rehoming all of the residents. We meet a resistance led by Bertha (Pounder) trying to take the company down from the inside and their newest partners in this are Robocop (Burke) and Lewis (Allen).

When Paul McDaggett (Castle) is leading the rehoming procedure kills Anne this drives Robocop on yet another one of his missions against the authority trying to clean up the streets.

Robocop 3 is a good finish to the series not on the Robocop himself side of the but on the battle for the city side. I did like how that if you were to watch all three the revolution we see happening brews up between the stories without it being just happening. When you watch this side of the story I did like the conclusion but on the Robocop side everything just puts him against a bigger enemy without really being tested. This is easy to watch like all three but never reaches the levels of the first.

 

Actor Review

 

Robert John Burke: Robocop is still loyal to Lewis and now he has started to make his own decisions going against orders, this leads him into joining the resistance against the CEO trying to take over the city. Robert does a solid job to fill in the for the exiting Peter Weller.

Nancy Allen: Anne Lewis is the partner of Robocop that will always stay by his side but this time it will be the end of her. Nancy is used for motivation this time around which is good but we don’t see enough of her.

Rip Torn: The CEO is trying to redevelop the city which means moving everyone out of their homes. He is answering to Kanemitsu which means you do anything wrong he will fire you. Rip becomes the solid villain in this film which works well enough.

John Castle: McDaggett is the man cleaning the streets one building at a time and not taking any prisoners in his hunt for anyone in the resistance. John is good in this role where we get to see a villain in a revolution.

Support Cast: Robocop 3 has the biggest supporting cast with members of the resistance, cops as well as the businessmen trying to bring the city down.

Director Review: Fred DekkerFred gives us a solid finish to the series where we get to see just how the city has got to the position is has with the Robocop side of the story almost just being a side part.

 

Action: Robocop 3 has standard action you would expect to see in this style of film.

Crime: Robocop 3 puts us in the middle of the crime world where all of the story is taking part in.

Sci-Fi: Robocop 3 has the robotic cops with this time adding in the robotic ninjas.

Settings: Robocop 3 keeps us in the same city that is now on a revolution.
Special Effects
: Robocop 3 doesn’t have the best special effects but they work enough for the film.

Suggestion: Robocop 3 is one you could watch to finish the series off nicely. (Finish the Franchise)

 

Best Part: Final showdown.

Worst Part: Killing off Anne seems cheap.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $23.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Tagline: He’s back to lay down the law.

Trivia: Was filmed in 1991, but was not released until end of 1993 due to production company Orion going bankrupt.

 

Overall: Easy to watch finish to the series.

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