The Predator was released in the U.S. on September 14, 2018 and was directed by Shane Black. It’s not as bad of a movie as you may think… however, it’s not really good either.
The start of the movie we see a predator ship crash on earth. We then see a military team being attacked by it. In the end, Quinn McKenna ends up hurting it and takes some of it’s armor and mails it to his ex-wife’s house as they take the predator to be tested. The team then goes to the house, but her son Rory took the armor and wore it for Halloween. The rest of the movie is a series of different battles and fights against the predator.
I did somewhat enjoy the cast in this film. Boyd Holbrook played Quinn Mckenna who was the guy that first saw the predator. He acted in his role pretty well as the main guy, however there were some scenes where his acting was pretty bad. Olivia Munn played Casey Bracket who was a scientist that was studying the predator. She was involved in some action scenes as well and I enjoyed her character. We then saw Williams (Trevante Rhodes), Coyle (Keegan-Michael Key), Nettles (Augusto Aguilera) and Baxley (Thomas Jane) as “the loonies”. These were the characters that were most intriguing to me as they brought mostly all of the comedy to the movie. I thought that all of them did a terrific job in their roles as the crazy people. I feel like the cast was definitely better than I expected.
The main thing that I liked about this movie was all of the action. Since the movie had an R rating they were able to put a lot of bloody action scenes in the mix. I enjoyed seeing that as it is a predator movie so that’s how it is supposed to be. They kept maintaining a lot of action right from the opening sequence as well. That is very smart considering the audience is seeing this movie for that exact reason: a bunch of action and kills. I also did enjoy some of the characters in this film. “The loonies” specifically brought a lot of charm to the story and allowed for there to be some comedy. I also thought that the look of the predator was pretty good. There were some good things about this movie, however I think that they could have done a lot more.
The main problem with the movie was just the story. It was pretty silly that McKenna would decide to mail the predator’s armor to his ex-wife’s house. He could have found a more secure location than that and it’s pretty stupid to think that someone would even do that. They could have definitely found a better way to create the conflict in this movie, rather than having his son wear the armor. It is a movie about an alien killing a bunch of people so we can’t expect a great story arch. However, that was just a very stupid decision to have him mail that and put his kid in danger. I also felt kind of bored during the middle of the movie. I’m sure that they could have cut some parts out of this as I don’t think it needed to be 2 hours long.
I was looking forward to this movie, but after watching it I admit that I was slightly disappointed. I think they did a lot of things right with the action sequences, the characters, and the predator. However, the way that they put the story together was just really dumb in my opinion.
Rating- 6 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness. There was potential for a satisfying movie, but it ultimately fell flat.
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