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There’s a shot in the trailer for Predators that epitomizes my primary frustration with the film. Some of you will know the shot I’m talking about: it features over a dozen targeting lasers from Predators being locked onto a terrified Adrien Brody, in turn promising a mass heap of Predator carnage already implied by the film’s title. I won’t spoil how the scene plays out in the actual film, but I will say this: the trailer is bullshit, and so is producer Robert Rodriguez’s defense of it. Rodriguez doesn’t seem to realize that setting up an epic showdown and then failing to deliver on it is the exact opposite approach an action movie should be taking. And that, to a large extent, sums up the entire film: a whole lot of badass teasing and posturing, but not much in the way of satisfying payoff. The film is still serviceable B-movie fun, thanks in large part to an appealingly diverse band of characters (backed by Adrien Brody believably playing against type as a rugged commando), and some nicely atmospheric lightning and handing of action sequences by underrated genre director Nimród Antal (who makes the most of the film’s somewhat low budget), but it’s not nearly the movie it could’ve been.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – An audio commentary by Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal, Motion Comics, and a De-cloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain featurette. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 2 additional featurettes (“The Chosen”, “Fox Movie Channel Presents Making a Scene”), deleted and extended scenes, and a digital copy of the film.
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I was one of the people praising the Robert Rodriguez-produced Nimrod Antal-directed Predator sequel Predators a few weeks back. I even screened the film twice. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is far from perfect, but for a lower budget studio sci-fi effort, it’s better than most — and certainly better than Predator 2 or the two Alien vs. Predator films.
The film grossed $46 million domestically thus far — which might sound low, but is actually more than the film’s estimated $35-$40 million budget. The movie has also made $48.2 million internationally, for a $94.7 worldwide total. In just 17 days, that isn’t bad. And the studio is likely to make some good cash on home video as well. But is it good enough for a sequel? The film certainly concludes with the slight promise of another outing. Robert Rodriguez claims that 20th Century Fox is already developing a sequel.
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Those of you who saw Predators over the weekend probably noticed a difference in one significant shot that was a centerpiece of the trailer. The shot appears in the film, albeit in noticeably altered form. Evidently there were a few who’ve been irritated by the difference (really?) and fortunately, someone got producer Robert Rodriguez to talk about it.
I won’t spoil the shot or the difference for those who haven’t yet seen the film. Hit the jump for details and comments from Rodriguez. Read More »
Nimrod Antal’s Predators is out in theaters everywhere today, and despite a whole host of story/pacing problems, I had a really great time when I saw it at a press screening this past week. Adrien Brody was suitably badass and Alice Braga proves she can hold her own in a testosterone-filled action film. Most impressive to me was Antal’s work; the film’s set pieces have a great sense of geography and evoke a tension that we don’t see enough of in popular action directors (the deficiencies of Michael Bay come to mind). If anything, Predators proves that Antal has an extremely promising filmmaking career ahead of him.
But what did you guys think of the film? Did you find Adrien Brody convincing as the lead? What did you think of John Debney’s old-school score for the film? Did Antal deliver a solid entry to the franchise? Was the “Predator” mythology respected? As always, spoilers are allowed in the comments.
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On July 1st, I got a chance to participate in a roundtable interview with writer/producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal about their upcoming Predator sequel Predators.
I’m really excited about this film, and hope people get a chance to see it in theaters. I feel like I haven’t really seen a lot of marketing for the film, and most of my friends didn’t even know its being released this Friday (although I’ve been told they are doing a heavy push of television advertisements during sports programing. Predators is a return to form for the series, which in recent years has suffered a not-so-good sequel, and two crappy Alien vs. Predator films. It’s not a great movie, but has a kick-ass opening 30 minutes and is definitely better than I think most will be expecting (to be fair, I wasn’t expecting anything at all).
You can read the transcript from the roundtable/press conference interview after the jump.
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This is the trailer Fox should have released in the first place. We’ve seen one domestic trailer for Nimrod Antal‘s Predators, produced by Robert Rodriguez based on his story treatment, and a load of clips and photos. But none of the materials have shown the movie a lot of people hope this will be. This international vaguely red-band trailer does. It makes Predators look like exactly the tense, violent sci-fi adventure it should be. Read More »
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A bunch of new photos from the Robert Rodriguez-produced, Nimrod Antal-directed Predators have appeared online. And these aren’t just some boring photos of the cast looking off camera, these are photos of the actual Predator creatures themselves. Check them out, after the jump.
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