Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-5830 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
- Front Speakers
- Cheap Thrills Mains
- Center Channel Speaker
- Cheap Thrills Center
- Surround Speakers
- Volt 10 Surrounds
- Surround Back Speakers
- Volt 10 Reach Surrounds
- Rear Height Speakers
- Volt 6 Overheads
- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- JVC RS-46 Projector
- Draper Cineperm M1300 119 inch Static Screen
The Predator franchise is like many of it’s ilk. The first movie was utterly fantastic (a bona fide classic), but then the sequels started devolving quickly. I honestly don’t know of another Arnold movie besides Commando that is as highly quoted as Predator is, and I actually like the sequels as well. Predator 2 is an early 90s mess of a film that some how manages to be utterly hilarious and fun, and Predators was actually not that bad of a movie. It felt the most like Predator out of all the sequels and AvP spin offs, and was a lot of fun. Fast forward a few years and Shane Black (who actually played nerdy looking Hawkins in the original film) has decided to make yet ANOTHER sequel to the franchise. A sequel that sadly doesn’t have his old buddy Arnold in it at all (rumors have it that Arnold saw the script and declined, but I have no idea about the actual veracity of that claim), and is almost parody like with the typical infusion of Shane Black style humor (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). The movie has some quirks, it has it’s moments of brilliance, but at the ends of the day it’s the Predator’s version of I, Frankenstein. A movie that so ludicrously stupid and moronic that you just can’t help but have a ball with what’s on screen. No matter if you hate yourself for actually loving it.
Shane Black’s The Predator is subversive, sly, and generally goofy from the get go. It’s filled with guy’s putting on sunglasses in the dead of night, hilarious one liners, and lots and lots of CGI blood. You know, a modern day version of the classic action motif. Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) is an Army sniper on a mission in Mexico when an alien space craft crashes nearby. Going to go check it out, Quinn finds the escape pod from a Predator space ship, complete with a seemingly dead Predator. Not knowing what it is, Quinn grabs the helmet and arm guard of the Predator and ships it back to himself as proof of what he just saw in case the U.S. government tries to hide it. Just like clockwork, Quinn is interrogated by a black ops commander named Traeger (Sterling K. Brown) and then shipped off to the loony bin along with a bus load of mentally unfit military members.
However, Quinn and the rest of the loony toons truck are given the chance to escape when the Predator wakes up and lays waste to the lab. Getting the blazes out of dodge, Quinn, the mental patients and escaping Dr. Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn) get away before getting slaughtered, only to find out that the monster wants one thing. The arm guard and helmet that Quinn mailed to his estranged wife and autistic son Rory (played by Yvonne Strahovski and Jacob Tremblay respectively). With a the government after them, a super Predator chasing this new Predator, and a whole hose of slightly unstable soldier’s at his back, Quinn has to save his family and the world before it’s too late.
There’s no sense of meta humor, or throwbacks to the 80s, but rather Black uses a modern setting, with modern humor to craft his tale. There’s some risks taken in the film, with some of the paying off and some of them not so much, but the movie itself never takes itself too seriously and just has FUN with the concept. Black is notorious for use of quirky humor, but this is smoothed out a bit with the help of 80s icon Fred Dekker as the co-writer (Night of the Creeps, Robocop 3, The Monster Squad) and the end result is a completely goofy film, that just oozes guilty pleasure all over it. Don’t get me wrong. The Predator is a TERRIBLE Predator film, but as a sci-fi film it’s perfectly fun to enjoy as long as you’re willing to just check your brain at the door and watch lobotomized Space preda-dogs, a 12 foot tall super predator, Tourettes syndrome one liners, CGI blood out the yin yang, and lots and lots of guns.
The acting is a mixed back, but still quite fun in the long rung. Boyd Holbrook is solid as Quinn, but Olivia Munn is about as convincing as Denise Richards was as a scientist when she was a Bond girl. Not to mention the gorgeous actress can’t act her way out of a paper bag to begin with. Thomas Jane and Keegan-Michael Key are hilarious, with Sterling K Brown destroying it as the scummy black book operator. None of them are anything to truly write home about, but they fit right into the cheeky film with ease, and the low brow humor that Shane Black employs sets the tone so well that everyone just rolls with it.
Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, and crude sexual references
4K Video: Video:
• A Touch of Black
• Predator Evolution
• The Takedown Team
• Predator Catch-Up
Yeah, The Predator was sadly not the return to glorious form like we had hoped it was, but for some reason I’ve been able to watch this three separate times and I’ve had a good time all three times. It’s fun, stupid, completely out of left field, and really only a Predator movie in name only. Despite being absolutely DESTROYED by critics, and actually barely making it’s budget back, The Predator is just a good old sci-fi movie that requires you to check your brain at the door (and probably put it out of your head that this is a Predator film as well). The 4K UHD disc is great, with a good encode and simply awesome Atmos track. Good for a fun, but stupid, watch.
Starring: Thomas Jane, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfie Allen, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski, Mike Dopud, Jacob Tremblay, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown
Directed by: Shane Black
Written by: Shane Black, Fred Dekker
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1, HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core) English DVD, Spanish, French DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Runtime: 107 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: December 18th, 2018
Recommendation: Fun (Stupid) Watch