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The Predator Reviews Are In!
 

 
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The Predator will open in theaters on September 14.

Variety: “Alas, within the Black oeuvre, ‘The Predator’ lands more between ‘The Last Boy Scout’ and ‘Iron Man 3,’ being a mixture of the flippant-knucklehead-machismo species with frantic comic-book action. Though there’s gore and creatures aplenty, say goodbye to any remaining horror element in this series. Now we’ve got a sort of mashup of Indiana Jones, ‘Jurassic Park,’ and a flying-kung-fu movie, no longer scary in the least but hella loud and busy.”

The Hollywood Reporter: “Taking up the reins of the franchise after a few underwhelming sequels and an even more problematic handful of tie-ins with the ‘Alien’ movies, writer-director Shane Black strays rather far from the original film — in which he co-starred as a bifocaled trooper who literally gets turned inside out — but he also takes things in a fun direction. Beyond adding a definite article to the title, Black applies a more-is-more approach to the material, revealing the extraterrestrial hunter in the very first sequence, then doubling down on the number of predators and corpses we see on screen, introducing a bigger, badder species and even a pair of predator pit bulls.”

IGN: “With its bawdy sense of humor, disorderly cast of characters, and hardcore k!lls and action, ‘The Predator’ does a lot right to reinvigorate the 31-year-old series. But everything crashes down during its frenzied, messy final act, a disappointing conclusion to what had largely been a fun romp up until that point.”

Nerdist: “In ‘The Predator,’ comedy and action are at war with each other. Characters spew rat-a-tat quips, while tussling with Predators and their pets, essentially neutralizing the effect of both the humor and the action. We’re given nothing to hook into, so it’s impossible to care about any of the events, which are wildly incomprehensible anyway. It devolves into a mundane mush of bullets and neon-green blood, hardly recognizable as one of Black’s usually slickly-plotted and stylishly-executed detective noir features.”

RogerEbert.com: “Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ is a fun, brutal, f!ghting machine that wastes no time getting down to business—not unlike its title character. It’s not big on wasted dialogue or too many attempts at meta humor, playing both like an homage/throwback film to the action of the ‘80s and something that feels new and fresh. There’s nothing pretentious or whimsical here as we so often see in films that almost parody ‘80s action instead of trying to figure out why these movies have endured in the first place.”

JoBlo: “‘The Predator’ is Shane Black through and through. It’s fitting that this was co-written with his ‘The Monster Squad’ cohort, Fred Dekker. This feels very much like a hybrid of Dekker’s eighties output, as filtered through Black’s sensibility and know-how, mixed with the predator mythology, which is turned inside out here in a way that will thrill some and put off others.”

The Playlist: “‘The Predator’ knows exactly what type of picture it is. This is an action-filled, popcorn movie with no aspirations for anything more. This movie throws caution to the wind in service of creating 2-hours worth of brain-melting thrills. Black knows his genre tropes inside and out and he loves throwing out cliché setups and then subverting your expectation for the payoff. Most often, he does this for laughs. Whenever you think you’re going to see a heroic moment, the director pulls the rug out in service of a joke. This tactic never cheapens the movie, though.

Den of Geek: “Plot points are left dangling. Characters are thinned out. Things don’t really make much sense. The effects at the end look unfinished to the point of making me recall ‘The Mummy Returns.’ Most damningly of all, there’s no sign of who the author is. It certainly doesn’t feel like a Shane Black project, that much is certain. The last thing I’d expect of one of his films is something so bland, so lacking in identity, and so much a mish-mash of stuff that, bluntly, doesn’t mish-mash together very well. More than that: I can’t remember a Shane Black project so boring, and, sadly, so offensive.”

Digital Spy: As for the plot, it’s serviceable. Half-heartedly tapping into some ‘hot-topic issues’, it’s sometimes silly and doesn’t show us much we haven’t seen before, but it’s rarely boring. Issues of coherence do arise in both the narrative and action, with moments in which you might find yourself wondering if something small but vital has been cut out to explain a) why the heroes have to do this now or b) where that guy’s head has gone.”















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52 comments for "The Predator Reviews Are In!"

 2 months ago '07        #2
calle13 451 heat pts451
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A friend of mines who attended the premiere said that the movie was good although as the film kept going at times it suffered from quick cuts (due to being that a lot of scenes we're cut & removed last minute). Also he said the ending conclusion was extremely underwhelming being that it was being hyped as if the final battle was going to be epic when it just turned out to be something sort of simple. From the way he described the film to me i hope we do get some sort of a director's cut... But overall he said wayy better than AVP / AVP2 and Predators. So i guess its worth going to watch
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 2 months ago '06        #3
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i still dont get the casting but im going to watch
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 2 months ago '13        #4
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I've got zero interest in a comedic Predator film. I like my Predator movies suspenseful, eerie, and gory.
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 2 months ago '08        #5
YOURKINGB4EVER 22 heat pts22
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 SimpinAintEz said
I've got zero interest in a comedic Predator film. I like my Predator movies suspenseful, eerie, and gory.
I'm with you bruh but I'm such a fan of the franchise I gotta see it.
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 2 months ago '13        #6
SimpinAintEz 
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 YOURKINGB4EVER said
I'm with you bruh but I'm such a fan of the franchise I gotta see it.
I'm such a fan that I don't want to take the risk of further tainting the memory of the good films.
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 2 months ago '09        #7
UrbanEnterprise 139 heat pts139
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I knew it was gonna be trash from the trailer

"we all voted Predator, it sounds cooler"

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 2 months ago '15        #8
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Sounds pretty good. Hollywood going crazy with these sequels, remakes, legacy titles.

I hear they remaking Robocop with that South African director.

I don't want to see Robocop jump, run or dab. I just want to see guys thrown through plate glass windows.
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 2 months ago '18        #9
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A Shane Black film like its some Spielberg or Scorsese flick its 2018 not 1987 IM3 was trash those predator flicks were always supposed to scary sci-fi not some alien “lethal weapon”smh
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 2 months ago '17        #10
The Watcher 379 heat pts379
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They actual had a real predator on set for this movie!!



After being alerted by Olivia Munn that one of her fellow actors in Shane Black’s The Predator is a registered s3x offender, Fox ordered the scene be removed from the upcoming film.

The actor in question is Steven Wilder Striegel, who has previously appeared in Black’s Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys. Striegel had a minor role in The Predator, sharing one scene with Munn. But, according to the Los Angeles Times, when Munn recently learned that Striegel had pled guilty in 2010 to charges that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old girl into a s3xual relationship via the internet, the actress alerted Fox and the studio had the scene removed from the final cut.

“Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired,” a Fox spokesperson said in a statement. “Several weeks ago, when the studio learned the details, his one scene in the film was removed within 24 hours. We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors.”

Munn, the female lead of Black’s Predator revival, told the Times that it was “both surprising and unsettling that Shane Black, our director, did not share this information to the cast, crew, or Fox Studios prior to, during, or after production.” She added, “However, I am relieved that when Fox finally did receive the information, the studio took appropriate action by deleting the scene featuring Wilder prior to release of the film.”

Meanwhile, despite the scene being cut, Black, the film’s director and co-writer, has stood by the casting of Striegel, who served six months in jail on felony counts of risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer. “I personally chose to help a friend,” Black said in a statement to the Times. “I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly.” He also says that he believes his friend has been “caught up in a bad situation versus something lecherous.”

In an email to the Times, Striegel said he did not have to audition for his part in the movie. He added, “I’ve known Shane Black 14 years, well before this incident, and I think it’s worth noting that he was aware of the facts. Shane can speak for himself, but I’m quite certain that if he felt I was a danger in any way to have around, he would not have.”

Representatives for Black and Striegel did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.





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 2 months ago '10        #11
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 The Watcher said
They actual had a real predator on set for this movie!!



After being alerted by Olivia Munn that one of her fellow actors in Shane Black’s The Predator is a registered s3x offender, Fox ordered the scene be removed from the upcoming film.

The actor in question is Steven Wilder Striegel, who has previously appeared in Black’s Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys. Striegel had a minor role in The Predator, sharing one scene with Munn. But, according to the Los Angeles Times, when Munn recently learned that Striegel had pled guilty in 2010 to charges that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old girl into a s3xual relationship via the internet, the actress alerted Fox and the studio had the scene removed from the final cut.

“Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired,” a Fox spokesperson said in a statement. “Several weeks ago, when the studio learned the details, his one scene in the film was removed within 24 hours. We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors.”

Munn, the female lead of Black’s Predator revival, told the Times that it was “both surprising and unsettling that Shane Black, our director, did not share this information to the cast, crew, or Fox Studios prior to, during, or after production.” She added, “However, I am relieved that when Fox finally did receive the information, the studio took appropriate action by deleting the scene featuring Wilder prior to release of the film.”

Meanwhile, despite the scene being cut, Black, the film’s director and co-writer, has stood by the casting of Striegel, who served six months in jail on felony counts of risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer. “I personally chose to help a friend,” Black said in a statement to the Times. “I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly.” He also says that he believes his friend has been “caught up in a bad situation versus something lecherous.”

In an email to the Times, Striegel said he did not have to audition for his part in the movie. He added, “I’ve known Shane Black 14 years, well before this incident, and I think it’s worth noting that he was aware of the facts. Shane can speak for himself, but I’m quite certain that if he felt I was a danger in any way to have around, he would not have.”

Representatives for Black and Striegel did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.





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He deserved a second chance
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 2 months ago '13        #12
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sounds like my kind of movie
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 2 months ago '18        #13
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 SimpinAintEz said
I'm such a fan that I don't want to take the risk of further tainting the memory of the good films.
I feel the same but I gotta watch it Nonetheless. I’m in too deep!
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 2 months ago '06        #14
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30% Rt

 2 months ago '07        #15
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it's sad that 1 and 2 are the only good predator movies. so much potential.
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 2 months ago '07        #16
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 sho 2010 said
He deserved a second chance
trying to fu*k a 14 year old? naw...he doesn't
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 2 months ago '06        #17
realgunta 814 heat pts814
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i havent seen it, but from the trailers i saw, it looks like rubbish

Part 1 is a certified classic to me though
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 2 months ago '15        #18
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I seen that key n*gga in the trailer and I low key didn’t wanna watch it anymore. The original was serious, I don’t want no comedy in that sh*t.
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 2 months ago '05        #19
Micheal C. Will 23 heat pts23
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 joshdogg26 said
it's sad that 1 and 2 are the only good predator movies. so much potential.
Predators (2010) was pretty good. The studio should of build off that premise with a sequel. But like always executives and filmmakers sometimes get ahead of themselves and instead mess things up.

This flim never looked great from the beginning and never had a chance.
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 2 months ago '07        #20
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 Micheal C. Will said
Predators (2010) was pretty good. The studio should of build off that premise with a sequel. But like always executives and filmmakers sometimes get ahead of themselves and instead mess things up.

This flim never looked great from the beginning and never had a chance.
that one was OK standing next to the pile of sh*t that the AVP movies were, but overall not much compared to the originals IMO.

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 2 months ago '16        #22
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I'm a huge Shane Black film so while I dont really care about Predator anymore and the trailers look sh*tty I have decent hopes for the film

"The Predator’ is Shane Black through and through"

Good enough for me

 2 months ago '08        #23
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 SM said

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 HollywoodEsco said
I seen that key n*gga in the trailer and I low key didn’t wanna watch it anymore. The original was serious, I don’t want no comedy in that sh*t.
1st one is def serious but it has a lot of comedy in it.

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 SlickJ101 said
Yeah....

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