The Predator not what you’d expect
THE first entry in the Predator franchise in almost a decade is a solid action romp that’s even kind of … goofy?
If you’re looking to be heart-thumpingly scared with slow stalking shots or be cowed by the presence of a terrifying monster, The Predator isn’t that movie.
The action kicks off straight away with a predator crash landing in the middle of an American operation against some Mexican drug lords.
US Army Ranger sniper Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) is the only person to survive the initial contact and he pilfers some alien gear, mailing it back to the US “as proof”.
A few months later, evolutionary biologist Dr Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn) is brought to a government facility by government agent Will Traegar (Sterling K Brown), where the authorities have captured the predator.
Strapped down on an exam table, surrounded by people in white lab coats, the predator is somehow activated and escapes in a bloody rampage.
Just outside, Quinn is thrown into a military prison transport with a group of other highly trained but volatile rejects
with names like Nebraska (Moonlight’s Trevante Rhodes), Coyle (Keegan-Michael Key), Baxley (Thomas Jane), Lynch (Alfie Allen) and Nettles (Augusto Aguilera).
Soon, this ragtag group of disaffected soldiers and the perpetually frustrated Dr Brackett are the only ones who can stop the predators from killing Quinn’s son, while trying to keep the nefarious government agents on their tail from putting a bullet in their eyes.
As far as the story goes, it’s kind of ludicrous and the final act is still a bit baffling despite extensive last-minute re-shoots after the original tested badly.
But The Predator really isn’t about the story, and it’s barely about the characters.
It’s taken a lot of its cues from the original 1987 movie and keeps its focus primarily on the propulsive action set pieces, which are pretty captivating.
ACTION: Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook in a scene from the movie The Predator.