THE PREDATOR (MA15+) Bigger and badder, but not much better US, 107 min
Assessing the overall worth of the long-running Predator franchise is very easy indeed. The Arnie-starring original from 1987 is a run-gunand-repeat classic. All the rest have been cinematic dumpster fires, barely able to stay alight until the closing credits. While the same outcome is achieved by this erratic, selfcontradictory reboot, it does put up a good fight (and some great frights) before assuming the form of hot garbage. The action centres on the unwelcome arrival to Earth of a new, supersized Predator — 40 per cent taller and 200 per cent angrier than relatives who have paid us a visit before — and the motley crew of mouthbreathing caricatures with whom he will be skirmishing for our entertainment (dis)pleasure. These include a too-cool-for-school sniper (Boyd Holbrook), his too-clever-for-his-age-son (JacobTremb lay) and a where-the-heck-did she-suddenly-learn-t o-operate-heavy-artillery likescientist( Olivia Munn ). The pure action sequences do rock, but aside from the occasional hilarious zinger, the rest rarely gets on a roll for long.