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The Predator – Review

I was really expecting Shane Black’s reboot of the Predator franchise to be all sorts of awesome. After all, this is the same guy who wrote the Lethal Weapon movies, as well as The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boyscout, as well as directing movies like The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3.

And…I was wrong because The Predator was a mess. It’s certainly not the worse movie I’ve ever seen, but it’s not very good either.

If you want the bloody details, check out the video below.

Be warned, it contains mild spoilers and even milder profanity.

The Predator – Teaser Trailer Recut

I’ve got my ticket to catch Shane Black’s The Predator this afternoon, and while me seeing the movie was never really in doubt, I was really put off by how bad the first teaser for the movie was.

I was literally having debates with people over how dopey it was. And as I said, I’ve already drank the Kool-Aide–and was already in the queue for more–so as terrible a trailer as it was, it wouldn’t have any effect on me catching the movie.

But if I were on the fence? That’d be another matter entirely.

The Predator – Final Trailer

I’m looking forward to Shane Black’s take on the Predator franchise but at the same time I’m not too sure it’s going to work out.

He’s clearly good at what he does (after all, he wrote Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boy Scout and directed Iron Man 3, among others) though he comes off a bit arrogant, which to me says he just might make a Predator movie that ignores ‘crucial’–at the end of the day we’re talking about a movie, not open heart surgery–aspects of the character’s mythology in the name of being snarky or clever.

We’ll see because for me this is one that I have to catch in a theater.

The Predator – Official Trailer # 2

It goes without saying I didn’t particularly like the firsr trailer for Shane Black’s The Predator.

It played a bit too much like AVP: Requiem (which is insult enough) but for some reason felt the need to imply some kid somehow gained the ability to control a Predator space craft, which one-upped the former movie as far as really bad ideas go.

Which is weird because this most recent entry in the franchise was directed by Shane Black and written by him and Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, Monster Squad, Robocop 3), so at the very least we could have expected a clever story.

‘…ultimate Predator!?’ Wasn’t this terrain covered in 2010’s Predators (though to be fair it wasn’t done particularly well so I wouldn’t mind another visit to that particular space)?

The Predator – Teaser Trailer

What is it with the Alien and Predator franchises?

It almost feels like they’re being deliberately sabotaged (few other things can explain why Ridley Scott is so intent on undermining a series he himself helped to create) by some really bizarre decisions on the part of the people directing them, and it’s a pity.

In the case of the Predator, the problems started with 1990’s Predator 2 (the great idea of a Predator movie in the vein of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop undermined by Stephen Hopkins paint-by-numbers direction and a weak script) and have pretty much continued to varying degrees since that time.

Though I had assumed that the Predator franchise had bottomed out with 2007’s Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem.

And apparently I was wrong because despite being co-written and directed by the undeniably talented Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) the upcoming The Predator looks to continue the time-honored idea of mixing lots of bad ideas with one or two half-decent ones.

For instance, the idea that the predators are using the DNA from the creatures on the planets they visit to make themselves even deadlier?  Great idea and probably the best addition to the franchise in many Hunter’s moons.

The idea that a little kid discovers a model (!?) of a Predator craft that somehow manages to (apparently) control an actual Predator spacecraft!?

Dumb beyond belief (on the face of it, at any rate).

Then there’s the idea of the movie taking place in Small Town, U.S.A., an idea that didn’t do AVPR ANY favors, so why not do it again?

As I said earlier, Shane Black is a damn talented writer and director, but I get the feeling he’s screwed the pooch on this one.

The Nice Guys – Official Red Band & Final Trailer

I think I want to see this movie.

While the The Nice Guys looks like a typical Shane Black movie–The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight–that’s not necessarily a bad thing because those movies were a lot of fun.

 After all, it’s not like he’s is directing movies left and right (his last was Iron Man 3 back 1993, which I enjoyed despite their treatment of the Mandarin–and I am convinced that most of the people on the Internet who were so up in arms over the way Shane Black used, or perhaps misused would be a better word, the Mandarin probably  barely know who the character is.

‘Iron Man 3’ Review

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“Iron Man 3″ Is The Superhero Film Quentin Tarantino Would Direct, If He Had Directed A Superhero Film”

The biggest problem I had with with Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man 2” was that the filmmakers decided to pit Iron Man against another armored character, just like in the first film (though there was also the way that they turned Justin Hammer into a Tony Stark wannabe, when in the comics he was far more threatening and a much better foil to Stark).

Shane Black seemed to learn from their mistake, because other than Iron Man himself and War Machine – now known as Iron Patriot – there are no other armored characters in the film.

What struck me as odd about the film is that it plays more like something by Quentin Tarantino, in that you get what feels like tons of dialog, with a few set pieces strategically placed to remind you why you’re there in the first place.

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