'THE PREDATOR' Review
The fourth entry in the 'PREDATOR' series gets into the "soft reboot" treatment in its attempt to revitalize the 30-year-old franchise. The film follows the premise of all previous films, taking its most significant elements that made them popular, while trying to expand its universe.
Filmmaker Shane Black (Hawkins in the first film), behind cult-classic action-comedy pics like 'LETHAL WEAPON' and 'THE LAST BOY SCOUT', and recent hits like 'IRON MAN 3' and 'THE NICE GUYS', impregnates the conservative science-fiction/thriller bases which the intergalactic hunter's movies have accustomed us with his peculiar action and comedy style, making it a unique entry, and of course will not be of taste of many, due to its spontaneus moments combined with unbalanced narrative against the paused rythm of its predecessors. An ensemble cast that mix archetypes of all previous movies while trying to be different also, they fullfil their task though not as memorable as the three first ones, and that goes too for the set pieces with uneven visual effects, careless at times.
If not taken as seriously as it should be despite its less-conservative spirit, 'THE PREDATOR' becomes a good, crazy entertainment in the long run, with options for an extended or director's cut to change and improve some details, and hopefully for the better.
· Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected to return as Dutch Schaefer.
· A debate related to the use of the "predator" name instead of "hunter" within the film, is an inside joke based on the popular topic that keep fans discussing about since the first film.
· The third act was fully rewritten and reshooted due to audience's test reactions, opting for a more traditional development in the vein of the film series.
· Creature effects were made by Studio ADI, who worked previously on both 'ALIEN vs. PREDATOR' films. Its co-founders, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. were alumni of late Predator creator, Stan Winston.
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