The Predator: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) is on a rescue mission in Mexico when a spacecraft crashes into the ground, and a Predator comes out murders his team. He had the chance to fight back but runs away with a couple of alien gears to prove its existence and sends it home. However, McKenna's young son Rory (Jacob Tremblay) discovers how to deal with the alien equipment when it reaches their home putting his life at risk. Soon, Quinn must team up with a rag-tag crew of ex-soldiers to put the monster down before it's too late. 

The original predator film with Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of those classic action films that I've really enjoyed when I was still a kid. That is one bad-ass film to remember, and even if you watch it multiple times you'll still feel the same engaging experience each time around. The franchise already had six films in total, including the two crossover films from the forgettable Alien Vs Predator flicks. 

It is really hard to replicate the same vibe and success of the first film but after watching the new installment, we're just quite surprised in what Director Shane Black had done as he managed to pay homage to the original. He mixed the elements of blood and gore spicing it up with comedy to re-invent the flavor. It isn't exactly perfect, but it was tremendously enjoyable while it lasted. He also managed to come up with decent scenes to electrify the screen and a lot of moments to laugh with the witty script equipped in it. 

The casts were pretty amazing as there are no wasted talent as everyone was utilized and all had a time to shine. Boyd Holbrook was an awesome lead and he changed a lot after we last saw him in Logan. He is like a mixed Joel Kinnaman and Josh Duhamel type of guy who has a strong presence each time he is on the screen. We really love Jacob Tremblay as he once again sold another weird character through perfection after nailing his role in Wonder and Room. You also got an interesting set of supporting casts that brings another dimension to the whole picture. They are easily the characters to root for with the likes of Thomas Jane and Keegan-Michael Key hitting the bromance comedy each time plus Augusto Aguilera, Trevante Rhodes, Alfie Allen and Oliva Munn to round up everything up. 

Overall, The Predator legacy continues as Shane Black's adaptation is a mix of thrill, comedy and pure hardcore entertainment. It may not surpass the greatness of the original, but it is just a few steps away from reaching it.

Best to be experienced in 3D at IMAX cinemas.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn

Directed by: Shane Black
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Now Showing in PH cinemas