Movie Review: The Predator (2018)

Quote from The Predator by Casey Bracket

“A predator kills its prey to survive. I mean, what you’re describing is more like a bass fisherman.”

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There are minor spoilers in this review so don’t continue if you want to be surprised while watching The Predator, but honestly there aren’t too many surprises in it.

The Predator Schmedator

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This was one of the movies I wanted to see in the theater in 2018.  Good thing I never went to see it.  What a disappointment on many levels.  Not that any of the other Predator movies prior to it was Oscar worthy, but they were good when compared to this dump.  I had high hopes, being it was directed and half written by Shane Black, but  somewhere too much was cut out or changed.  Whatever it was, this movie morphed into a giant predator mess.  It became one of those movies where I finished it only because I started it.  If another one is made, I hope it’s a better story because sometimes humans and non humans don’t get along no matter what the circumstances.

The Individuals Behind The Predator

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The Predator is an action, adventure, sci-fi movie with a running time of one hour and 47 minutes.  It’s MPAA rating is R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, and crude sexual references.  The executive producers are Bill Bannerman and Ira Napoliello.  The writers are Fred Dekker and Shane Black (screenplay) and Jim and John Thomas (characters).  It’s directed by Shane Black.  The major cast is Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, and Brian A. Prince.  This 20th Century Fox movie is about what happens when you accidentally invite genetically enhanced predators into your town.  It’s bad guys with some good qualities who are recruited to battle against these predators and ugly looking dog like creatures because no one else will do it.  The biologist is correct in saying the predators have evolved: bigger, stronger, taller, and uglier looking.

    The Watch the Trailer if You Dare

    The Don’t Mess With Me Stance

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    The movie begins with Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) on a mission in Mexico.  He comes into contact with a predator who crashed his ship while there.  After the predator is subdued, it’s brought back to Project Stargazer lab for inspection.  A biologist named Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn) is there alongside Will Traeger (Sterling K. Brown) while they conduct the examination.  Quinn’s son, Rory, decides to go out in a mask not intended for Halloween.  By wearing this mask, he starts a chain reaction of events.  Back to Quinn, he’s evaluated and loaded onto a bus with other government prisoners.  They include Nebraska Williams (Trevante Rhodes), Baxley (Thomas Jane), Coyle (Keegan-Michael Key), Nettles (Augusto Aguilera), and Lynch (Alfie Allen).  They pass the time telling crude jokes and by insulting each other.  In the lab, Casey meets Dr. Peter Keyes (Jake Busey) and learns of the predator’s human DNA.  They find it isn’t only them interested in the smaller predator as another ship is coming their way with a much bigger genetically enhanced predator.  The prisoners and Casey find safety in a motel room.  Quinn puts two and two together and searches for Rory.  When they find him, it leads to a battle between the predators.  Traeger is still invested in the predator species and they all search for the remaining predator and abandoned ship.   Somehow they find the ship and work together to save Rory.  After the fight is over, it’s clear not everything returns to normal.  The lab has a new doctor and this is where Rory finds himself spending his time outside of school.  As Dr. Yamada, Quinn, and Rory watch the black armor cover the person closest to it, they are all excited for what the future holds.

    The Evaluation of The Predator

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    I don’t recommend this movie to adults because you will be disappointed.  I don’t recommend it to young children because they will be disappointed too and not suitable for them anyway.  Compared to Predator, Predator 2, and even Predators, I don’t know how else to put it that this one lacks story, sense, and decency.  The jokes weren’t funny.  The action was subpar.  The plot had holes.  The characters felt like paper cut outs.  I know action movies aren’t noted for their great dialogue, but the words spoken felt shallow.  Even the tension between the predators was too short and there weren’t enough predators to make me feel as if earth dwellers were in real danger.  I admit you don’t want to bombard the screen with predators or their dog like creatures, but more than one wouldn’t hurt or increase the tension and danger in some way.  It made no sense when the dog stayed with the humans instead of staying alongside his owner/master.   I wouldn’t be thrusting my child into a world of predators and possible danger after all was said and done, but this is what Quinn does.  As much as I enjoyed a few scenes, the rest was questionable.  I haven’t seen such a poorly crafted movie in a long time, but this was definitely one of them.  Sorry, Shane Black and cast members.

    I rate The Predator BAD with TWO FINGERS at 61%.

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    2 Comments on “Movie Review: The Predator (2018)

    1. Thanks for review. I love Sci-fi and won’t waste my time. The original predator was good!

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