So, I get it. Nobody asked for another sequel to the failed reboot from 2010, but the Predator franchise is one of the most beloved in the action universe.
With Shane Black, writer and director of films like Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man, this one crackles and pops with interesting characters, great dialogue, and a ton of blood and gore.
It’s a bit of a silly plot, but the son of a mercenary accidentally sends a signal to the Predators from earth, and his dad and a crew of other weird, whacky killer elite must stop them from sending their planet up in flames.
Starring is Boyd Holbrook, son of the legendary Boyd, who gives the action-star lead role a real try. For the most part, the supporting star in Logan and Narcos alum does well.
He’s charming in a gruff sort of way, funny (intentionally or not) and keeps your attention. But he’s really lifted up by the cast around him, including young Oscar nominee Jacob Tremblay as his son.
Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski and Alfie Allen are all fantastic.
But the standouts are Sterling K. Brown and Thomas Jane, something I never thought I’d say.
Jane plays one of the disgruntled misfits, a man with tourettes who is both bold and provides some of the best interplay of the film with Keegan-Michael Key.
Jane hasn’t been on my radar seriously since 1999 cult shark classic Deep Blue Sea, and this was a great role and amazing casting choice from Black.
The Predator shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and it’s silly at times. But it’s an action-packed, blood-soaked affair that does exactly what an audience would expect.
It was super cool and a fun time at the movies. Don’t expect more than that and you’ll enjoy this reboot just fine.