The Predator – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race. – (Source)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 34% (Critics) / 51% (Audience)
MetaScore: 49 – Mixed or average reviews
Directed By: Shane Black
Written By: Shane Black and Fred Dekker
Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn and Sterling K. Brown
Studio: 20th Century Fox

The Good:
Sterling K. Brown was the only person who seemed to recognize just what a goofy mess this movie actually was and proceeded to act accordingly. Every second of his time on screen was done with a cheeky scenery chewing gusto that no one else seemed to be able to grasp.
And at least Shane Black has latched onto a new holiday in Halloween instead of setting this movie around Christmas like he usually tends to do.

The Bad:
No knock against Boyd Holbrook because he is a fine actor but the guy really shouldn’t be the star of anyone’s movie. He doesn’t have any of the aura or presence that one needs to carry a blockbuster movie on his shoulders. Also Olivia Munn is the worst casting of an actress in a role she is completely incapable of being believable in since Denise Richards was cast as a nuclear physicist in THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH.

The script was such a mess. There was no need for the script to be as overly stuffed with silly plotlines or to have a one joke every two sentences structure to it. And the direction wasn’t anything to write home about either as it was a badly edited jumble of music video quick cuts and confusingly shot action sequences.

The Ugly:
I can’t decide what was dumber: the Predator dogs or the Super Predator. I am leaning towards the dogs but the Super-Predator was pretty awful too. It is such a difficult decision.

Final Verdict: A slapdash, overly jokey mess of a movie that does nothing to set this franchise up to be successful moving into the future.

Grade: D+

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