REVIEW: ‘Predators’ doesn’t fight to the finish

July 10, 2010 | 5:59 p.m.

Film critic Michael Phillips says “Predators” is a cinematic stab in the dark.

Predators Predators 

Predators,” plural, starts well and ends poorly, and in the middle it’s in the middle. The original 1987 Predator,” featuring future politicians Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura, was an entertaining hybrid of the commando genre and “Alien“-inspired science fiction. The new one, directed by Nimród Antal (“Kontroll“), lifts its building blocks from an unproduced 1990s script by Robert Rodriguez, who ended up producing the revised screenplay by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch.

For a while it’s a worthy successor, or remake, or whatever it is. Instead of the Central American jungle of the original, the action takes place somewhere “else,” let’s say (the reveal comes early, but who am I to spoil your day?). In the prologue a motley multinational crew of thugs drops from the sky, having free-fallen from places unknown. They do not know each other and hail from different countries — Japan, Russia, what have you. “What is this, a dream? Hell? “What if we’re dead?” asks one of the eight, clearly a fan of “Lost.”

Soon enough they determine their location and who’s trying to eviscerate them…


— Michael Phillips


PredatorsBrody’s role research: “I would sleep alone in the jungle”

“Predators” on the loose — and this time they’re not all aliens

“Predator” Blu-ray goes on the hunt

Adrien Brody hunts for action-star credibility

Rodriguez’s “crazy, intense” story for “Predator” reboot

GALLERY: Brody and other stars who squandered Oscar boost

Meanwhile, back at the ranch … Robert Rodriguez, one-man studio

Mel Gibson says Viking movie may be his last 

“District 9” prequel? Blomkamp says maybe


Clicking on Green Links will take you to a third-party e-commerce site. These sites are not operated by the Los Angeles Times. The Times Editorial staff is not involved in any way with Green Links or with these third-party sites.


3 Responses to REVIEW: ‘Predators’ doesn’t fight to the finish

  1. Jay says:

    I saw "Predators" last night… it's definitely not the "train-wreck" that AVP-R was — but I must admit, I was a bit disappointed by it — it was just way too generic. Also, I thought the Predators themselves were a bit "dumbed-down" — and felt that, despite their additional numbers, the sole Predator in the original film came off as posing far greater of a threat than all of these combined. "Predators" is not horrible by any means — it's just ultimately a very disposable film going experience.

  2. david says:

    Predators was a good movie only because not only as a kid did I follow the movies I also followed comic books. So I understand it better but someone who really hasn't followed it well it would still be good movie but there would be some parts of it like wtf but still good movie

  3. c anthony says:

    This movie captures all the excitement and suspense of original. It's definitely worth the price of admission.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

E-mail It
Powered by ShareThis