It had been a while since we had seen the Predators, an alien race that lives for the hunt, in a film with just them and not the aliens that we have seen them fighting and the AVP Films. When we did see them by themselves hunting us humans they were on our world, first in the jungle and then in the city streets but this time it is a whole new hunt. This time they have stolen some of the fiercest killers that our planet has to offer and have literally dropped them on a game preserve of their own making so that they can hunt us. Is that giving anything away to those that have not seen the film? Not really as we know they love to hunt. This time the Predators have the advantage and not us. At least they let us keep our weapons this time to make it more of a challenge for them.
This really is the best of the Predator films so far, them on their own. It opens the possibilities up to more then you can imagine. With the hunt now taking place on another world entirely we have even more action and drama that comes into play. Seems that the Predators have set up a game preserve and stocks it with all kinds of nastiness ever season so that their hunters can have some fun. They like hunting so much that they even hunt themselves. Seems that there are 2 classes of hunters, a smaller more agile one and a larger more brutish one that loves to pick on the smaller ones. Seems that it has been the smaller ones coming to visit Earth. I guess they might be too civilized or maybe too young to be able to get involved on the special planet that the others ones kill on.
The film starts with Royce (Adrien Brody) free falling and unconscious. When he wakes up he is in a panic to get his shoot to open which seems to be on a timer to open at a specific time or altitude. All he can do is flail as he tries to force it to open which does so at the last possible moment but it still slams him to the ground with enough force to knock him out again. When he wakes up he starts to find others that are just as disorientated as he is and while arguing with one of them, Cuchillo (Danny Trejo), they are interrupted first by a body falling to the ground with an unopened shoot and then someone shooting at them with a Gatling gun. Seems that Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov) got rather spooked with what was going on.
The next person that they find is that of Isabelle (Alice Braga), a spec-ops soldier who also was captured and dropped to the planet. So we have a cartel enforcer, a spec-0ps agent, a mercenary and a Chechnyan soldier. All remember being knocked out only to wake up in free fall. While the four of them are getting acquainted they are being watched by a rather well dressed Asian man, Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien), a member of the Yakuza who just waits to see what happens. He doesn’t show his face until after the 4 find Stans (Walton Goggins) and Mombasa (Mahershala Ali) fighting. One is a death row convict and the other a member of the RUF, Sierra Leone death squad. We don’t know why they are trying to kill each other but the other four showing up and someone screaming in the woods causes the fight to stop. All seven people go to where the screaming is and find Edwin (Topher Grace) a supposed doctor hanging from a tree upside down. He never did get out of the shoot.
All of them don’t get much of a breather as they begin to find more and more evidence that they are going to be hunted and are indeed the prey. They really don’t know how bad it really is till they come to the edge of the forest and find an alien sky with several moons or planets. They now know that things have gotten more difficult as now they have to find a way off a planet and not just out of a jungle. Shortly after this they meet up with Noland (Laurence Fishburne) who has managed to stay alive for 10 seasons. The group quickly finds out that the man is insane and only helping them so that he can take them out and steal all the stuff that they have. Seems that is how he is staying alive, he scavenges everything that he can to be able to stay alive another day.
In all the film is full of action and twists and turns that the first film never had. We are drawn in bit by bit and then have the film slammed in our face in such a way that we welcome it and want more of it. We see how the characters play off of each other and how some can pull together to be able to survive it all. This is one of those films that makes you want to beg for a sequel so you can see more of the planet and more about what and who the Predators really are. This is a film that you wont get tired of soon at all.
I give this film a Musing review of