A handpicked group of special forces and hard core criminal types find themselves up against more than they bargained for in the last fight of their lives.
Film making 18/25
Bonus Features 18/25
Robert Rodriquez brings the newest Predator film to the big screen and finally Blu-ray with the same Predator storyline of the first film. An alien life form that has been bred to fight and lives for the hunt has taken the game to a new high point.
Royce played by Adrien Brody wakes to find himself falling and lands in a tropical jungle where he first meets drug cartel enforcer Cuchillo played by Danny Trejo. They quickly meet the others: Isabelle, (Alice Braga), Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov) Stan (Walton Groggins), Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), and Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien).
All of them with the exception of the mild mannered doctor played by Topher Grace of That 70’s Show fame are heavy hitters in their chosen profession. Yakuza, special forces, CIA sniper and even a death row inmate give the idea right up front that they are all in for trouble but the doctor seems to be the odd man out.
Each man, except the death row inmate and the doctor, come packing with their preferred weapons in the middle of a jungle by parachute. They quickly find that they are not alone as they find a series of cages that have also been air dropped in the area but the cages are empty, aside from some cockroach like insects.
They continue to look for higher ground trying to find out where they are and still thinking they are on earth but quickly realize that Kansas is a long way away. While trying to find that high ground at a clearing at the edge of a peak they see their problem, the planets and moons of a solar system that is definitely not their home.
Continuing on their way they first encounter alien creatures and then the Predators who brought them to their nature preserve hunting grounds. In their rush to survive they lose one by one to the hunters and also find a survivor in Noland played by Laurence Fishburne.
He is not all there in the head and tried to trap the group in an abandoned structure he uses as his home but they get out and Noland meets a predator for the last time. Almost all meet their demise either from Predators and near the end we find out the reason for the doctors inclusion in the exclusive killers group.
The film is classic Predator fare and a good enough story with a great look at the nature of the alien predators and what they do to keep their talents honed. The film plays a guessing game of who will be killed next as the predators stalk and kill one after the other and even throw a little moral dilemma into the mix near the end.
While the story is well done and the actors did a great job at their roles and interactions the film just needed a little something extra to bring it all together. As it stands the movie is a very good repeat of the first film and gives you a bit more run and gun action but basically follows the same style.
The film may be a macho testosterone fueled action flick but it is also a fun film in the exact same way Predator was with lots of gun slinging action. Predators will be a part of the Aliens/Predator collection and does make a decent addition even if they should have worked on the story and screenplay a bit more.
Video is excellent with great skin tone, deep dark blacks and fantastic colors that the scenery and setting really show off. The film was shot with digital cameras so the quality is right up there at the top with a specific nod to the black levels and good detail visible in the numerous night scenes.
Audio is also fantastic with great surround sound from the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound track that really has you looking around for that animal you just heard over your shoulder. With not only the predators but just something rushing across your sound field you will have a feel that you are in the jungle with the group about to meet your first predator.
A good sound track, I have heard several, can often have you looking around just to see if that sound was on the movie or something behind you. This film definitely has you doing that over the shoulder glance to see just what is there, my cat or dog maybe.
Bonus features include audio commentary, a set of making of features you can play back to back, deleted and extended scenes and some other nonsense like the theatrical trailer and sneak peeks at other films. The feature Evolution of the Species: Predators Reborn is your main extra content with a 40 minute look behind the scenes and the evolution of the Predator itself.
The other two making of features are short but add a little more to the 40 minute one and the extra scenes are nice but the Motion Comic prequel and sneak peeks are just thrown in stuff. The almost hour long making of features are really the best content and make the Blu-ray a great edition with enough back stage features to complete this package.
Predators is one of those films that if you enjoyed any of the previous ones, even the Alien films, is a must see to at least tie in the whole series of films. Predators Blu-ray edition is a great movie and one of those no brainer action films for fun with no thought provoking messages anywhere.