The Hunt Has Evolved
Directed By: Shane Black
Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn
When his autistic son (Trembly) accidentally triggers some alien tech, Captain Quinn Mckenna (Holbrook) along with a team of misfit former soldiers are placed right in the middle of a predator civil war and a fight to prevent the end of the human race, all whilst a group of government agents attempt to capture an alien along with his ship.
Let’s face it, it was always going to be difficult to capture the magic of 1987 original and 1990 sequel, especially given how many awful Predator films have come out in the preceding years, So when I heard that Shane Black would be directing this film I was optimistic, after all, he was in the first movie and has a history of making solid action films, the only thing I was worried about was his tendency to go down the Marvel route and use a lot of humour, something that wouldn’t work as well in a film that succeeds on tension.
After viewing the film I was conflicted. On the one hand, there were lots of positives but also some negatives that affected my enjoyment of the film. This meant that it took a few days to decide exactly how I felt about it.
As I said the film has a lot of positives going for it, such as massive amounts of action-packed sequences that run throughout filled with gory fight scenes just like the original two films, there are also plenty of throwbacks and Easter eggs to those films throughout and finally the film is pretty streamlined, which no pointless sub-plots to distract from the main story, all of which is helped by a strong cast that is clearly having fun in their roles.
Sadly, however, there are some negatives that stop the film being all it could be, mainly the overuse of humour was exactly what I worried about when Shane Black was announced to direct, practically every character has moments being the comic relief and it makes the film feel as if you’re likely going to see Thor and Captain America turn up, stripping all the tension out of the movie, another of the issues is the strange choices both the soldiers and predator decide to make, this does not only make most of the characters seem dumb but also comes across as lazy writing.
Overall, The Predator is better than the recent predator or Alien Vs. Predator movies that you would enjoy if you like cheesy sci-fi movies or mindless action flicks, just don’t expect it to be anywhere as good as an original couple of films, this is partly down to the movie being unsure about whether it wants to be an action, horror or a comedy, but also partly down to some awful writing decisions.
If you liked: Predator, Species, Ghosts of Mars, Starship Troopers