Wednesday, July 07, 2010

‘Predators’ hunt again

The iconic alien monster returns in “Predators” after appearing in the forgettable and underwhelming “Aliens Vs. Predator” series of movies. The new action-science fiction flick isn’t re-inventing anything, but the concept gets refreshed, nonetheless.

Directed by Nimrod Antal (“Vacancy”), the film re-establishes humans as the prey, transported somehow to a jungle planet where they fight for their lives. The latest abductees--soldiers, killers, and a doctor--are an adaptive and resourceful batch that must put aside their differences, and give the Predators a hunt they won’t forget.

Actor Adrien Brody transforms well into a killing machine, while Topher Grace’s doctor character adds awkward but welcome humor to the somber gathering of warriors. Laurence Fishburne’s part, however, could’ve been played by someone else, but he still manages to imbue life to a disturbed character.

“Predators” works in reminding us of the old action-sci fi dynamic of the original ‘80s film, replicating part of the intensity in a simpler, more straightforward setting. Its slasher flick structure remains the same, so it’s just a matter of guessing who bites the dust first, next, and so on. But there are a few pleasant surprises, storywise. As for the action sequences, they’re not spectacular but they’re clearly done, except for the human-alien swordfight, which could’ve looked much better.

“Predators” opens July 8 in Metro Manila.

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