Movie Title: The Predator
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium 12 – Swansea, MA
The Predator is a worthy addition to the series that has more levity than some of the other entries in the series. I read some reviews before I went to go see the movie and I was a little concerned as they tended to be pretty negative. I think people are just taking themselves way too seriously when they review this movie. The Predator is a cool alien with a cool design, but the backstory is thin as can be for a blockbuster franchise. The majority of reviews seemed to be upset that the movie was funny. Did they see Predator 2? Did they see those outfits? It was funny and it had gore galore. The Predator follows in the same vein too continue one of the most consistently successful science fiction franchises around.
Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) is an Army sniper that has had a successful military career. He is on a mission to rescue some hostages from the drug cartel when a Predator space craft crashes right over his head. Traeger (Sterling K. Brown) shows up to get the situation under control and he promptly arrests McKenna and sends him to the loony bin. Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn) is recruited by Traeger to analyze the Predator and she determines it has some rather peculiar DNA. Things promptly go sideways and the Predator escapes. McKenna also breaks out with an interesting crew of army rejects composed of Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Jane among others.
Things get ridiculous and the story teeters on being absurd. But, the action is a lot of fun and there is a nice cameo by Jake Busey. Jacob Tremblay is good as Quinn’s son. The humor is on point and the gore flows. The ending opens the door for a follow up that I am rooting for.
The Predator is a fun entry in the Predator series. See it.
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