Ghost Mutt -> Awesome (6/7/2010 12:53:51 PM)
Afternoon all - saw this last night and can thankfully say it's a pretty remarkable effort. It genuinely is a good film which is a welcome relief as it could have been handled very badly.
Basically it's not a film of two parts which I imagined Rodriguez to pitch, the film is perfectly paced but the action does start up fairly early.
The central characters are well padded out and the hostility which is evident between them soon fades out as they work together against to survive.
I personally don't agree that the characters are clichéd, that for me evaporated fairly quickly after a misplaced moment between the death row inmate and the Israeli sniper. You actually cared about the group much like you did in the first Predator.
There are some fantastic homage’s which are in no way forced, one or two bits of dialogue from the previous 2 movies are geniusly woven into the script.
The way the characters react to their situation is brilliantly realised and genuinely feels real, they don't instantly know what's going on, conversations sound real never cheesy and there are rarely any ridiculous eureka moments... being 'predators' themselves piece by piece the group to use their collective minds to figure out just where they are...
Plus having Laurence Fisbourne as a 10 season old survivor helps drive the plot and explains the blood feud between the two types of Predators clans (wolves and dogs) ...
For me this was a brilliant effort, a top film which I’d defiantly recommend... a four star effort. Easily. Great film!
The film may or may not only be worth the 3 stars it's been given, I wont know until Thursday night but God damn that was another shoddy Newman review.
He's basically told us everything we know from watching any of the full trailers.
How were the special effects? The special effects are just as you'd expect, there's nothing much you haven't seen before from Predator films with the exception of the dogs, but all in all the cloaking and laser fire looks very polished...
How were the new additions to the Predator universe, the Predihounds and what not? The dogs were used incredibly well, and were the first flash point of action. They're used by the new breed of predators to flush out the group - hoping to isolate the lone runners before dispatching them one by one... however the predators are in full control of them and call them back after a tense battle...
Were the action sequences well shot? Very...
Impressive soundtrack? The soundtrack is identical to the first Predator film which is fantastic and just adds to the enjoyment. Watch out for the end credits. Fan boys will lap this up...
Lashings of gore? Plenty - decapitations, brutal executions and a nod back to a certain Sub-Zero finishing move from Mortal Kombat is a noticeable addition!
Quotable script? Very... the script is probably the tightest out of the three Predators