It’s big, it’s loud and it’s full of gore.
…stop me if you somehow find the positives in that quick synopsis of ‘The Predator’.
Now, true fans of the long-running franchise will inevitably celebrate the R-rating on this barrage of non-stop tear-’em-up violence and potty-mouthed one-liners. But to me, whatever appeal this beast carried left the room with Schwarzenegger – ‘The Predator’, despite its obviously mammoth budget, is a series that has long been running on extraterrestrial fumes.
Directed by Shane Black (he had a bit role in the 1987 original), this is an action/horror masquerading as a comedy – everyone involved is trying really hard to either be funny or not get their heads torn off. The plot, a mashed serving of borrowed elements from far better sci-fi outings – everything from misfit soldiers to a child who unknowingly summons chaos to our favorite reptilian alien – has a few moments of spark, but is mostly just dirty jokes, explosions and blood. Lots and lots of blood.
The presence of some pretty big names….Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane and Jacob Tremblay….does little to help the cause. Really, the star of any ‘Predator’ movie is that creature. And, probably due to fatigue, he’s looking uglier than ever.