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Jun 24

International Trailer: Predators

Okay I am just going to go on record and say that I am really worried about this film. The Predator franchise is held up in great esteem for some reason when in reality it was one really great film and lots of average to crap sequels and spin offs. I loved, let me say that again, I loved the first ‘Predator’ movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a fantastic popcorn action film that had terrific pacing and a fun alien. The second film, ‘Predator 2’, was an average sequel that had good moments but overall I felt it just fell short of what the original achieved. I think this is in part to a great action director on the first, John McTiernan (‘Die Hard’, ‘The Hunt For Red October’, ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’) and an okay director, Stephen Hopkins (‘Blown Away’, ‘Lost in Space’, ‘The Reaping’) for the second. This and a lack of Arnold didn’t help.

After these first two movies the film series sat in limbo for a few years until Paul W.S. Anderson (‘Death Race’, ‘Resident Evil’, ‘Event Horizon’) took it out of retirement and made ‘Alien vs Predator’, a mediocre mash up film that made enough money to spawn a sequel of it’s own ‘Aliens vs Predator: Requiem’. Let’s not beat around the bush, ‘AVP 2’ was awful.

So when I heard everyone getting so excited about this new ‘Predators’ movie, I just kinda wondered why. By it’s track record alone, a new Predator movie seemed a B grade movie at best. But Robert Rodriguez is a fantastic filmmaker and even though he isn’t directing the film, that honour goes to Nimród Antal (‘Control’, ‘Vacancy’, Armoured’), he did write it and he is producing. This gives me hope. The film is not a remake, this also gives me hope. This new film is a kind of hybrid creation, part sequel (it’s working title was ‘Predator 3’), part reboot. And it has no relation to the AVP films and that can only be a good thing.

I got a little excited by the first trailer released a couple of months ago, I must admit, but I was still secretly worried. Now however, I may just have gotten hooked on this new film. An international trailer has now surfaced that, like the ‘Robin Hood’ trailer a few months ago, should just have been the trailer in the first place. This trailer rocks and I will now gladly fork over my money to see the film. I still, however, don’t want to get too excited…remember that track record?

‘Predators’ is unleashed on Australian cinemas on the 8th of July. Enjoy.

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