The newest film in The Predator series, directed by Shane Black one of the original “redshirts” in the first movie, has almost a completely different tone to the 1987 original.
This movie follows the character of Quinn, an army ranger sniper, who whilst on a mission witnesses a predator ship crash land. Quinn encounters the creature first hand when it brutally kills his whole unit. The quick thinking sniper manages to obtain some of the predators tech, mailing it home to his wife and autistic son, before both the predator and himself are captured by government forces.
If you’ve seen a Shane Black movie before you can almost guess what to expect from this delightfully tongue in cheek take on the predator movies. Blacks unique view brings a charm to the film that the 2010 Predators film was lacking. Whilst the Adrian Brody thriller was enjoyable schlock it definitely would not be viewed as a comedy like The Predator 2018.
Black manages to bring literal laugh out moments into the franchise and there lies what some would called its weakness. If you are a fan of the original 1987 Predator movie you may want to steer clear of this new adaptation as it seemingly works to subvert expectations and insult the original in a very clever meta way.
Whilst it lacks in thrills and suspense it more than makes up for them in its laugh factor.
3.5 out of 5 Birds from me – Jason
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