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Predators (2010)

Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Louiz Ozawa
Director: Nimrod Antal

U.S. Opening Date: July 9, 2010


Predators, a bold new chapter in the Predator universe, shot under the creative auspices of Robert Rodriguez, stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet . . . as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien predators.


Several Predator scripts have floated around throughout the years, only one of which was attached to Rodriguez’s name. In this script a so-called predator hunted down crewmen on a 17th century sailing ship who has to fight back with inferior weaponry. Think Alien meets Pirates of the Caribbean! This script was titled Predators but was rejected because it was deemed too expensive. Other scripts involved Arnie’s character – but it is extremely unlikely that the Governator will return give up his political career for the big screen anytime soon.

The Predator franchise has been kept alive in computer games and comics throughout the years.

The original ‘Eighties action / sci-fi film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a commando who rescues hostages from some baddies in the South American jungle. On their way back however they are tracked and hunted down by a vicious alien that hunts humans for sport. A sequel was made in 1990 (without Arnie) and two crossover films followed in 2004 (Alien vs. Predator) and in 2007 (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem).

The truth is however that the various movies have been getting cheaper and lousier with each instalment until the low-point that was Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, which was a by-the-numbers cheapo effort set on Earth directed by two newbie music-video directors.

Robert Rodriguez of course has a more illustrious portfolio having directed the likes of Sin City, Planet Terror, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty and so on. One can only imagine any Predator movie by this director - even when sitting in the producer's chair (Predators is directed by Nimrod Antal of Vacancy fame) - to be an ultraviolent, over-the-top gory affair, probably exactly what fans of the franchise will be expecting . . .

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