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Tag line : They're the most dangerous killers on the planet. But this is not our planet.

Predators It's been a good number of years since a standalone "Predator" movie graced our screens. The two AVP crossover movies being their only appearance since 1990's "Predator 2", so it was with much interest I approached this long overdue sequel.

In this, 8 total strangers awake to find they've been dumped in some remote jungle, miles from civilisation and with no idea of where they are, or how they got there. The group consists of people from many different backgrounds and nationalities, ranging from special forces operatives, to mercenaries, death row inmates and yakuza hitmen and appear to have only one thing in common, they all know how to kill.

As they're still carrying their weapons, they initially don't worry too much and attempt to hike to safety. But it isn't too long before they realise they are more than just a long way from home, and they're now being hunted by something out of this world itself. As something unseen begins to pick them off, one by one, using all manner of elaborate high tech traps and weaponry.

Yes it seems, the jungle they're in is some sort of giant game preserve and they're being hunted by the Predators for sport. Trapped and outgunned, the group of misfit killers find they have to stick together in order to try and survive being slaughtered, but even if they do survive how do they get home?

Overall this is a really fun action film, and I really enjoyed it. However, I did feel that it seemed to borrow far too many ideas from the original, to the point where the plot almost seemed like it was retreading the first. Also, whilst Adrian Brody was good in the lead role, I felt they could have perhaps used a more well known actor in the lead, plus I wasn't too sure about the idea of having 2 different races of Predators hunting each other, as I'm not sure how this new idea fits in with the previous films.

Directed by Nimrod Antal, ("Vacancy"), and produced by Robert Rodriguez ("From Dusk till Dawn", "Grindhouse - Planet Terror), whilst this might not be as good as the original Predator with Arnie, it is still a respectable follow up, featuring plenty of action and gun fights. If you enjoyed the previous "Predator" films, then you should also enjoy this.

Overall marks : 7/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Fear is Reborn".

  • Robert Rodriguez wrote the original script for this back in 1994, when he was working on the film "Desperado", but 20th Century Fox rejected it as they felt the budget needed would have been too big. It was 15 years later, when they were looking for new ideas to relaunch the franchise, they finally decided to go ahead with it.

  • Nimrod Antal was chosen for director because Robert Rodriguez liked his previous films "Control" and "Vacancy".

  • Danny Trejo, who plays Cuchillo, also appeared in Robert Rodriguez's films "From Dusk till Dawn" and "Desperado".

  • Oleg Taktarov's character Nikoli was originally going to carry a Russian GShG-7.62 four-barrelled rotary machinegun, which would have been in keeping with his character. But as the film makers couldn't get hold of one,  they used an American M134 minigun instead.

  • Louis Ozawa Changchien's character Hanzo was named after Hattori Hanzo, a legendary Japanese samurai of the Sengoku era.

  • The soldier who's parachute fails to open at the start was wearing pixel-grey Army Combat fatigues, meaning he was probably a soldier in the US army.

  • The alien creature that chases after Topher Grace's character during the ambush scene was a modified version of the original unused Predator design from the first film.

  • The prison uniform worn by Walt Goggins character Stan identifies him as being an inmate from San Quentin prison California.

  • The "classic" Predator, was played by stuntman Derek Mears, who also played Jason in the 2009 "Friday the 13th" remake.

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