THE PREDA­TOR (MA15+) Big­ger and bad­der, but not much bet­ter US, 107 min

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Gigs -

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.

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