THE PREDATOR

★★★

Starring Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane
Directed by Shane Black
2018 / 107 Minutes / 20th Century Fox

Review by Brent

I have to admit I haven’t really been up on all of The Predator movies, so going into this one I had quite low expectations. The bonus to having such low expectations made me surprised that I didn’t hate this. It’s not an amazing achievement by any stretch and I can’t really compare it to the other films in this series having not seen most of them, but it was mildly entertaining and surprisingly funny.

A young boy (Tremblay) accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ to return to Earth, and only a bunch of ex-soldiers and a science teacher can prevent the end of the human race. This story is nothing new or really that interesting, but it’s the humour that they’ve injected into it that helps entertain. The comedy at the beginning felt a bit off, but once the film really got going the humour worked and I appreciated how it didn’t take itself so serious. The action and comedy was well balanced. With that said, overall this is a mess. There’s numerous missing scenes that felt obvious and maybe this is because of the controversy that surrounding the film shortly before it opened (Look it up if you wish). I found it odd that Olivia Munn’s character isn’t really introduced at the beginning she just appears in her first scene barely saying anything at all like we’re supposed to know who she is. There must have been an opening scene here for her that is missing now. It felt odd and messy. There’s numerous plot holes throughout that may not have been important key moments, but they were enough to take me out of the story with doesn’t help. However, as big of a mess this is I still think it is fun… stupid fun!

The cast is fun and I think that’s in part due to the humour in the film. They’re not taking this film serious either. Jacob Tremblay is a bit wasted here unfortunately. He seemed like a rag doll just being tossed around throughout the movie and played the typical child in peril role, which seems to be plaguing every movie this summer (see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – actually don’t, watch this instead!). I’m a bit over these kinds of movies and the cliche storytelling in all of them. If it weren’t for the funny moments I probably would have really hated this.

Overall The Predator isn’t a great film by any stretch, but if you want something stupid and fun to watch while you turn off your brain, this one will do the trick.

Grade C

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