Review: The Predator Print E-mail
Friday, 14 September 2018 04:34

 

 
Rating:  Z
 
By:  Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  When a top-class hunter evolves and lands on earth, it’s up to a motley crew of ex-military mercenaries to save the world from possible extermination.
 
The Good:  In films such as this where there are so many installments in a franchise, it is expected for the story to fall off slightly if not significantly.  However, as previously stated, this is to be anticipated and therefore the movie should not solely be evaluated on the plot line.  What made The Predator enjoyable was the group of actors who played great characters banding together.  A prominent theme throughout the movie was that of the misfits who are just looking to be accepted and have to reluctantly turn to each other for help.  All of the actors in this film were a lot of fun to watch.  From Olivia Munn (Ride Along 2, X-Men: Apocalypse) to Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, Black Panther) as well as Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele, Keanu) and Jacob Tremblay (Room, Wonder), the entire cast complimented each other in a way that was very entertaining.  The cast is probably the main reason that many people, including myself, wanted to see this movie.  They did an excellent job of moving the story forward and keeping the film fun.  
 
The Bad:  As with any franchise films, the more films that come out, the worse that they generally tend to get.  The Predator is the 4th film in the Predator series and, although it wasn’t quite as bad as it could have been, the story still seemed a bit tired.  It progressed sluggishly at times and there seemed to be a few holes scattered about throughout.  This film’s saving grace was the well-timed comedic relief and the dialogue between most of the characters.
 
The Ugly:  Obviously, The Predator isn’t meant to be a groundbreaking movie.  It is just another remake of three prior films, except with better special effects and action.  Fans of this franchise may find this film entertaining, or they could think it is a joke.  The balance between action and comedy was a good one.  There were many changes as far as the direction in which it went, but overall, I think most people should find it enjoyable.  

 
 
 

 
 
 
Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
 

 

 

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