|The hunt has evolved.
Originally, I was supposed to post this reviews a few months ago, but due to a heavy workload that was not possible. But here comes my review of The Predator (better late than never).
The cast of the movie is quite strong. Most of the cast consist of male war veterans with PSD. We also get a female scientist who believes in extraterrestrial life (Olivia Munn better than expected). Boyd Holbrook is a strong lead (he plays the sniper Quinn McKenna). Keegan-Michal Key (Coyle) and Thomas Jane (Baxley) have some good scenes together.
Unfortunately, Alfie Allen (Lynch) and August Aquilera (Nettles) do not get that much time on the big screen. Jake Busey (Keyes) could also have been better used in the movie (I think he plays the son of Peter Keyes from Predator 2). The most of the scenes with the autistic boy did not fit well with a Predator movie (although child actor Jacob Tremblay does his best).
The Predator has some great dialogue (typically Shane Black bad ass humor). On the other hand, the scenes with the Predator dogs did not work for me (apparently they are supposed to be funny).
It is no secret that The Predator had a troubled production (the test audience did not like the movie), and apparently it has been necessary to reshoot the third act of the movie. Some scenes seem to be missing from the movie (some scenes from the trailer are not even in the movie). This makes The Predator an inconsistent movie, and I hope there will a longer or an improved cut of the movie in the future.
Fortunately, the movie has solid action sequences (the body count is really high). The Predators look good, and the CGI is quite convincing. Fortunately, the movie is rated R (the movie has lots of bloody deaths).
The Predator mostly takes place in the suburbs which I think is not at good idea (I prefer the jungle environments from Predator (1987) and Predators (2010). We do get a few new things (the Predators now collect human DNA to evolve). We also see a big Predator fighting a smaller Predator, which works OK in the movie. But The Predator does not really expand the Predator lore (we do not see the Predator homeworld at all).
I was not impressed by the ending (it is nothing special). The movie tries too hard set up a sequel which we might never get (20th Century Fox has now been acquired by Disney).
The Predator is an average Predator movie. I still consider Predator (1987) to be the best Predator movie (the one with Arnold Schwarzenegger). Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010) are also better than this movie. Fortunately, The Predator is better than the crappy AVP movies. Compared to the Alien movies, The Predator feels like Alien Resurrection. Both movies are disliked by many fans because of the humor and weak stories (just check the Internet).
I will probably watch The Predator again when it is available on streaming or Blu-ray (I saw the movie in the cinema). But The Predator it is not a superior Predator movie. The hunt has not evolved in a positive way.