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The Predator Teaser Trailer Analysis & Breakdown

So The Predator teaser trailer is finally out! Here’s our in-depth analysis of the teaser and any nuggets you might have missed. I’ve tried to put the scenes in somewhat of a chronological order of for where they take place in the movie.

Some of it is guesswork and some of the information has come from the leaked script and information from other sources so you may find a couple of spoilers outside of what we see in the trailer or in the official interviews.

Investigating the Predator Pod

In the early leaked draft of the script, the film opened with a prologue that showed Quinn McKenna on a mission. While there, a Predator pod crash lands in a swamp area. He finds a Predator biomask just before he is attacked by a Predator. This is where I believe Quinn finds the Predator wrist gauntlet and mails it to his home in Georgia.

This sequence was apparently missing from the first test screening, instead being included as flashbacks later in in the film.

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Interrogating Quinn McKenna

We see an interrogation room where Quinn McKenna (played by Boyd Holbrook) is attached to a polygram test and is being asked about his mission and whether he saw anything unusual. They are presumably trying to determine if he encountered the Predator.

Two government agents (one of them is Sterling K. Brown who is presumably playing the character of Traeger) are then seen to be watching Quinn in the interrogation room on CCTV and states that McKenna definitely saw something.

 The Predator Teaser Trailer Analysis & Breakdown

The Predator Mother Ship Crashes

The teaser trailer begins showing how the Predators come to arrive on planet Earth in the first place. It’s Halloween, and a young boy called Rory McKenna (played by Jacob Tremblay) finds a box in his basement addressed to his father, Quinn. We learn that the parcel was sent from or at least through Mexico (it was originally from Cuba in the script) and a lot of the film takes place in the city of Macon in the state of Georgia.

He opens it up and finds a Predator wrist gauntlet. Inside of the wrist gauntlet, he finds some kind of strange device. Rory starts playing with it and unknown to him, it’s actually controlling a real Predator Mother Ship.

The editing in the trailer is actually misleading. Our understanding of this is that Rory only activates a homing beacon that draws the attention of the Predators. The footage involving the crashing Predator ship is actually from the end of the film and is unrelated to Rory tinkering with the Predator’s gauntlet.

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The V.A. Bus

We soon see a few former marines (played by Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera and Keegan-Michael Key) who are all on a V.A. (Veterans Health Administration) bus after being arrested. Quinn is also with them along with Nebraska Williams and eventually they all break out of there and escape. Something outside of the bus is drawing their attention.

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The Laboratory

We get some footage inside of some sort of research facility. We hear evolutionary biology scientist Casey Bracket (played by Olivia Munn) say that the Predators are upgrading on every planet they visit – they’re attempting “hybridization”. We see other scientists looking at a full body scan of a Predator as well lots of Predator equipment and weaponry.

We also get a quick shot of some Predator helmets and a shoulder canon on display. Notice in the reflection in the window, we can see Agent Keyes’ son (played by his real-life son Jake Busey).

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Showdown at the School

At some point in the story, Quinn rescues his son Rory from Lawrence A. Gordon Middle School where he is attacked by a Predator. We see a Predator about to enter the school with armed men outside. These are the same former marines that were on the V.A. bus earlier on.

Another shot shows an explosion with Quinn, Rory and probably Casey Bracket. Quinn is then seen talking to Rory. Then there’s another scene with the Predator grabbing Quinn which also seems to take place in the school.

Later on in the teaser, we also see Casey jump in front of Rory as a Predator laser targets them. This could be connected to the school scene below though this does take place outside on a road.

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The Predator Goes on the Hunt

There are a few night time shots of a Predator killing various soldiers. We have a clear shot of one and we see it use its weapons. One of them appears to fire it’s wrist-blade as a projective similiar to in Predators and the first Alien vs. Predator. In another scene we see it uses a shuriken to kill somebody.

Bear in mind, this is not one of the hybrid Predators. The hybrid is not shown at all in the trailer. We believe most of this footage is of the Predator who has become nicknamed “Captured Predator.”

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Explosion

There’s a major explosion with some canisters with many soldiers being knocked back because of the blast. It would appear this is a military base. Perhaps the same location with the scientists earlier?

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The M113 Stryker APC

There are a couple of scenes in the trailer showing the M113 Stryker APC in action. At some point in the story, Quinn and his group are riding an APC while being attacked by a few hybrid Predators. You can actually see in the picture below one of the ‘normal’ Predators on top of it helping them. This fits in with the leaked set pictures we saw last year with the Predators firing guns on top of the APC.

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Another scene shows Nebraska Williams (played by Trevante Rhodes) firing a machine gun on top of an M113 Stryker APC. Behind him you can see pieces of the hybrid creatures that are attacking them and a human arm. The Predator Teaser Trailer Analysis & Breakdown

Quinn Boards The Predator Ship

Lastly, a key scene shows Quinn aboard a Predator ship. This ship is the one known as the Ark and most likely the same vessel that was crashing in the footage that opened the teaser trailer. He begins to shoot at something before crashing to the floor.

 The Predator Teaser Trailer Analysis & Breakdown

 The Predator Teaser Trailer Analysis & Breakdown

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  1. germanator2
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Watch the new teaser for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThePredator?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThePredator</a> now, in theaters everywhere September 14. <a href="https://t.co/lUrWjvhyg3">pic.twitter.com/lUrWjvhyg3</a></p>— Predator (@Predator) <a href="https://twitter.com/Predator/status/994562718043602945?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 10, 2018</a></blockquote>
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    Up!
    Definitely better than the first trailer. Definitely should have released this one first, or at least something similar with this amount of action rather than have a whole minute of one trailer focus on the kid. In terms of marketing, they really need to realize who their audience is, and for starters, I don't think too much interested in a kid in a Predator movie. I got nothing against a kid being in it, but why advertise him prominently.
    On a whole, I still got mix feelings. I do like some of the action, I think it looks interesting, some good shots. I do like the Predator face design. Way better than the Super Predators. Still too clean looking though and that new mask, especially that shot of it up against the original mask, is just really goofy looking. They really overdesigned it. There are so many different custom figures and artwork of Predators with different designs of mask, but are still rather simple looking without it feeling overdesigned too much. I still get a Saturday night movie schlock from this as well, especially with the last shot of the giant Predator slamming the smaller Predator. It's like one of those cheap monster versus movies. It just feels off.
  2. KiramidHead
    I liked a few things with AVP... the idea/premise being one, just the ideas were not executed right... AVP was a movie that had potential but just failed. It left a bad taste in my mouth and this trailer, well moments in this trailer just remind me of the AVP movies... crashing ship for one. AVP aside, this is a poor trailer. Very disappointed... but still looking forward to this movie. I do have faith in Shane Black.

    I agree, the tone was also not correct, the middle of the movie is like they are wandering about on the same set painted differently. The moving pyramid had tons of potential.

    Eh, just use the same two sets a million times, it'll be fine!

    Don't forget to cut to computerized maps for absolutely no reason.

    The pyramid was constantly shifting. We wouldn't want the audience to get lost in there.  ;)

    Or we need to patch over obviously missing footage... *cough*ResidentEvil1*cough*
  3. Huggs
    I liked a few things with AVP... the idea/premise being one, just the ideas were not executed right... AVP was a movie that had potential but just failed. It left a bad taste in my mouth and this trailer, well moments in this trailer just remind me of the AVP movies... crashing ship for one. AVP aside, this is a poor trailer. Very disappointed... but still looking forward to this movie. I do have faith in Shane Black.

    I agree, the tone was also not correct, the middle of the movie is like they are wandering about on the same set painted differently. The moving pyramid had tons of potential.

    Eh, just use the same two sets a million times, it'll be fine!

    Don't forget to cut to computerized maps for absolutely no reason.

    The pyramid was constantly shifting. We wouldn't want the audience to get lost in there.  ;)
  4. KiramidHead
    I liked a few things with AVP... the idea/premise being one, just the ideas were not executed right... AVP was a movie that had potential but just failed. It left a bad taste in my mouth and this trailer, well moments in this trailer just remind me of the AVP movies... crashing ship for one. AVP aside, this is a poor trailer. Very disappointed... but still looking forward to this movie. I do have faith in Shane Black.

    I agree, the tone was also not correct, the middle of the movie is like they are wandering about on the same set painted differently. The moving pyramid had tons of potential.

    Eh, just use the same two sets a million times, it'll be fine!

    Don't forget to cut to computerized maps for absolutely no reason.
  5. OpenMaw
    I liked a few things with AVP... the idea/premise being one, just the ideas were not executed right... AVP was a movie that had potential but just failed. It left a bad taste in my mouth and this trailer, well moments in this trailer just remind me of the AVP movies... crashing ship for one. AVP aside, this is a poor trailer. Very disappointed... but still looking forward to this movie. I do have faith in Shane Black.

    I agree, the tone was also not correct, the middle of the movie is like they are wandering about on the same set painted differently. The moving pyramid had tons of potential.

    Eh, just use the same two sets a million times, it'll be fine!
  6. Highland
    I liked a few things with AVP... the idea/premise being one, just the ideas were not executed right... AVP was a movie that had potential but just failed. It left a bad taste in my mouth and this trailer, well moments in this trailer just remind me of the AVP movies... crashing ship for one. AVP aside, this is a poor trailer. Very disappointed... but still looking forward to this movie. I do have faith in Shane Black.

    I agree, the tone was also not correct, the middle of the movie is like they are wandering about on the same set painted differently. The moving pyramid had tons of potential.
  7. Space_Dementia
    I liked a few things with AVP... the idea/premise being one, just the ideas were not executed right... AVP was a movie that had potential but just failed. It left a bad taste in my mouth and this trailer, well moments in this trailer just remind me of the AVP movies... crashing ship for one. AVP aside, this is a poor trailer. Very disappointed... but still looking forward to this movie. I do have faith in Shane Black.
  8. Actual Hybrid
    And yes, the “polished” look is concerning. 
    Might have worked well for Nice Guys or something where the story takes place in a Vegas casino, but Predator...?

    That’s why I loved the Sabacc scene in Solo, a single bug zapper style lightbulb over the table.  Atmosphere was fantastic

    This is something JJ Abrams hasn’t figured out either:
    LESS IS MORE
  9. skull-splitter
    Here's what I would have done for the teaser.

    Shots of the jungle. Maybe throw in a little of "The Chopper."
    Holbrook on his mission. Intense. Scope shots.
    Cut to kid at home, with box.
    Holbrook searching through scope. Looking for his target. Sonic boom.
    Kid slicing box with box cutter.
    Ship crashing, Holbrook trying to evade.
    Kid peels back flaps.
    Holbrook moving through the wreck. Predator clicking sound.
    Kid pulls out the mask.

    THE PREDATOR.
    And dependent on effects shots that usually end up being finished last.
  10. OpenMaw
    Here's what I would have done for the teaser.

    Shots of the jungle. Maybe throw in a little of "The Chopper."
    Holbrook on his mission. Intense. Scope shots.
    Cut to kid at home, with box.
    Holbrook searching through scope. Looking for his target. Sonic boom.
    Kid slicing box with box cutter.
    Ship crashing, Holbrook trying to evade.
    Kid peels back flaps.
    Holbrook moving through the wreck. Predator clicking sound.
    Kid pulls out the mask.

    THE PREDATOR.
  11. StrangeShape
    I must say Im extremely disappointed in the trailer. It looked like a generic mindless modern action flick for me. I cant judge movies by the trailers and Ive learned a long time ago not to do it but this doesnt look promising
  12. Highland
    Yeah there's not many "ah ha it's Predator" moments. It's sort of just plays like "what's this... Oh it's another Predator film"

    The structure of the trailer is quite bad. Actually it might just straight up be the worst trailer between the films of recent time. Not because the movie looks bad, just that nothing really happens.

    I like the comment that says "The moment you realise it's not a fanmade trailer". Totally spot on.
  13. dutch4211
    I'll be honest, I went to see deadpool 2 yesterday and they played the predator trailer. It felt like a lighthearted popcorn movie. All of the trailers they played were terrible except for Mission Impossible which I felt they edited very well. The mission impossible trailer focused on the aspects of what we all know to be the heart of the movie, which is incredible action scenes. The predator trailer was childish and too light hearted for what a predator movie should be. I've read the early script and seen the trailer when it dropped, and seeing it on the big screen gave me a lackluster feeling. I'll still go see the film in theaters for support of the franchise but I have little faith in what this film will provide to the franchise.
  14. MudButt
    Yes, as well as that Bob Ross video that showed snippets of footage at the end. Deadpool is a marketing anomaly though because part of what makes that franchise is how much they market it and the type of marketing campaign they do for those movies. So it's a much different animal and probably isn't the best comparison for what they may do with The Predator. I think Alien: Covenant is the example to look at.
  15. MudButt
    We got our first look at footage from the film on February 9th from DP2, then we got our first full trailer on March 22nd, followed by a final trailer on April 19th. Generally big blockbusters get a teaser and two full trailers, however lately studios like Disney and even Fox have only put out two trailers total, a teaser and a trailer usually. Our first trailer for The Predator which was a TEASER was released on May 10th, it has only been 20 days. So like I said, it's possible we can get one by end of June or early July. It wouldn't make sense to release a full trailer so soon after the teaser. The earliest point would be in time for Jurassic World 2 since that's the next BIG movie, and that releases June 22nd. But my guess would be with Mission Impossible or Ant-Man and the Wasp. Those come out in July which is where I think they'll drop it.
  16. Wysps
    Wrestling with the basic core of the movie is the hard part.  I can imagine how difficult it’ll be to go into the movie with the mindset of giving it the fair shot that it needs (or deserves) when all this time we’ve been formulating opinions based on what they’ve provided us, imo.  Hoping that if Shane maintains the original suspense/horror elements and doesn’t veer off too deep in the clinical side (which judging by the leaked content I don’t know...) then it’ll be enough to satisfy the casual movie goer and give us more films in the near future.  That’s all I want  :'(
  17. MudButt
    Yep.

    I think people just have to be ready for the basic core of what came from the leaked script/plot leaks/set photos. The bigger issues for me was how insane it got in the third act and a lot of the dialogue. It'll come down to execution for a lot of this. It can only go so far for some people, which can be evidenced by how people have expressed their opinion on here about what we have heard and seen.

    Like I have said, I'm going to have faith but I have no problem calling it a bad movie if it turns out to be one.
  18. JungleHunter87
    On the whole though, I think ultimately it’s gonna come down to what Hicks and Co. said on the Podcast. Execution, Execution, Execution.

    If Black can’t manage the jokes while juggling the suspense, horror and action. Then it’s not gonna be pretty.

    On the flip side of that, if he can utilize the jokes in a way that doesn’t distract your attention from the film itself. Well, he’ll have overcome a very big hurdle, that allot of fans fear he’s incapable of.

  19. Huggs
    Again watching those movies in the year 2018.  Is a completely different circumstance of study and analysis.

    I honestly cannot accept that anyone ever thought Commando was a serious movie...

    I watched 3 minutes of it on tv once, and had to change the channel. It was just too much. As for the modern analysis angle, I think films like Predator would be the main example for this type of thing. Something that was initially meant to be, and was seen as scary or thrilling.
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