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The Predator Officially Released in UK!

Following the film’s premiere at After nearly 4 years, The Predator is officially released in the United Kingdom today. If you haven’t already, you can check out our thoughts on the film in our The Predator review.

The critical reception to The Predator so far has been quite mixed. As of publishing The Predator currently sits at 53 on Metcritic and 41% on Rotten Tomatoes with a consensus of: “The Predator’s energetic blend of black humor and fast-paced action hits just hard enough to nudge this oft-waylaid franchise back on track while setting up sequels to come.

 The Predator Officially Released in UK!

Are you planning on seeing The Predator tonight? For those that have seen it, feel free to post what you thought below or in the Fan Reviews thread in the forum. The Predator is also have it’s Los Angeles’ cast and crew premiere tonight but it is released officially in the United States on the 14th.

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  1. Corporal Hicks
    According to the poll 18 people gave it the highest score (5/5). Is this actually possible? Please, enlighten me.
    Theres 2 types of fandom, the ones that have criterium and the ones that dont, it has a predator, 5 of 5! By any way this is a 5/5, just for the reshoots, incoherency and bad cgi.. You can like it, i respect it, but 5/5? No way

    This is how I would describe the majority reaction to Alien Covenant on these same boards to be honest. I'm kind of surprised that I'm not hearing more love for The Predator...simply because it exists. Maybe there's still hope after all.

    + 100000

    Get out of here with those kinds of comments. People are entitled to enjoy what they want and don't you act all high and mighty about it.
  2. Jigsaw85
    The more you think about the plot the more you realize how much it just doesn't make sense.

    Fugitive wanted to give us a weapon but attacks us instead of trying to negotiate

    Why does traeger want Casey dead? He wanted her help but he later wants her dead because sher ran off with some spinal fluid? She only left the base because she wanted to catch fugitive.

    What happened to the device? McKenna gave it back to fugitive then upgrade pulls him through the window and traeger is still looking for it? Shouldn't have been on his body?

    What was up with that dog sub-plot?  Not the alien dog, the actual dog that the kid befriends? I don't understand what the point of that was.

    Fugitive has wolf- levels of script immunity. Because those guards were the dumbest guards in cinema history. One runs at him while holding a machine gun instead of shooting him from a distance. These guys are as useless as the avpr aliens. Seems the only way to make a predator look badass is to make his enemies retarded.
  3. skull-splitter
    Don't get me started on those "true fans" claims, only to get a really narrow narrative of what a true fan entails.

    Personally, I'm quite realistic in my fandom. I might not agree with every single idea on the screen or not even most of them, and still have a good time.

    I overal think Predators worked better in terms of ideas for instance, but it fails in execution and portrayal. It lacks decent pacing too. While The Predator on the other hand has decent pacing but choppy editing, besides me agreeing with virtually nothing I saw on screen.

    Both films entertain me, both films I would score around 6 to 6.5 on 10.
  4. 426Buddy
    According to the poll 18 people gave it the highest score (5/5). Is this actually possible? Please, enlighten me.
    Theres 2 types of fandom, the ones that have criterium and the ones that dont, it has a predator, 5 of 5! By any way this is a 5/5, just for the reshoots, incoherency and bad cgi.. You can like it, i respect it, but 5/5? No way

    This is how I would describe the majority reaction to Alien Covenant on these same boards to be honest. I'm kind of surprised that I'm not hearing more love for The Predator...simply because it exists. Maybe there's still hope after all.

    + 100000

    Really? Those are horrible posts by people who think their opinion on these movies are more valid than those of other fans. Not mention its revisionist bullshit, AC was massacred just as badly here as the predator has been. Its just their way of crapping on fans who have different tastes and opinions. As bad as this film is, it has nothing on the childish and often insulting garbage being posted in the predator forum.
  5. The Ultimate Predator
    I put it at the bottom of the pile.

    Which is saying something, because I can rant for hours about how insulting Predators is to its audience. But at least it takes itself seriously.

    My thoughts exactly - although I'm not quite so critical of Predators. But The Predator was awful. Struggled to sit through it all, it progressively just got worse and worse. Didn't care for the characters, the comedy doesn't work, the predator felt like a caricature, it wasn't remotely scary etc, etc. And then capped off with one hell of an embarrassing ending. Don't waste your money on this.
  6. BigDaddyJohn
    According to the poll 18 people gave it the highest score (5/5). Is this actually possible? Please, enlighten me.
    Theres 2 types of fandom, the ones that have criterium and the ones that dont, it has a predator, 5 of 5! By any way this is a 5/5, just for the reshoots, incoherency and bad cgi.. You can like it, i respect it, but 5/5? No way

    This is how I would describe the majority reaction to Alien Covenant on these same boards to be honest. I'm kind of surprised that I'm not hearing more love for The Predator...simply because it exists. Maybe there's still hope after all.

    + 100000
  7. oldnorse
    Alright - finally found time to watch it. And... meh.

    The movie is pretty shitty imo - and through no fault of the actors.

    It's just that the story and plot is so poorly executed that it simply doesn't work. It's not a comedy, it's not a horror movie, but it's trying to be an entertaining action movie. I think? Trouble is it doesn't quite work, in particular during the third act. It's messy and stupid, and at times, the music alone makes me feel like I'm watching E.T. which is not what I want from a Predator movie. And of course the ending is pure puke - felt like I was watching a Disney movie.

    BUT I liked the Loonies, I wish we had gotten more scenes with each of them so that we might have gotten to know them better. In the end, their individual deaths left me cold as the movie failed to make me really care about them as individuals. I think what we ended up with was a waste of a very talented cast. 

    I laughed several times though and was generally mostly entertained. Just not as good as I had hoped for.

    2.5-3/5 stars.
  8. SentryGun
    So I saw The Predator last night. There are two ways I can review this movie.

    The first is as a general moviegoer. In which case I found the film to be fun, quite often silly, with enough action, gore and genuinely funny humour to keep you mildly entertained.

    The second way is as a devoted fan of all things Predator ( and Alien ). Which leads me to say that I thought the movie was a disappointing, at times incoherent mess with lots of small elements that annoyed me - the poor CGI, Traeger's death (WTF!!), the Marvel-esque ending, characters just disappearing out of the story with no explanation as to where they went etc. The whole story seemed like a mash of different ideas that they tried ( and failed ) to cram into one story.

    5/10
  9. ChanceVance
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    It does also seem odd that the reveal of the original Predator's intention to 'save humanity' (or whatever the hell was going on?) was a true reversal in that I don't think it was signaled at all. I mean, he slices and dices his way through a significant amount of human people in that laboratory...who he's supposedly trying to save from extinction?
     

    I mean to be fair he's being fired upon and escaping from being restrained. Besides it could be as much about just giving the middle finger to the Upgraded Predators than it is about saving the human race.   
  10. echobbase79
    I'd never thought I'd see the day when I actually didn't care for a Predator movie, but that day has come after watching the extremely disappointing The Predator. What happened? The script I read a year ago was so much fun and exciting, but all of that got lost apparently in the editing room. I was yawning during the first thirty minutes. The escape scene with 'Fugitive' did nothing for me. And a Predator using a gun to kill a human just didn't look right onscreen. I sat in the theater waiting for the movie to find a pulse which it finally did when 'the Uprade' showed up. At least they got that part of the movie right.

    The characters were fine, but I think a lot of the relationships were edited down for the final release. I think I remember Quinn and Nebraska having a deeper relationship in the script, but in the final film it didn't feel like it.

    I honestly didn't mind the new epilogue all that much. It fit well with the new ending that was shot, which I did like. That being said I think the original ending from the script was probably the way to go. I hope that's put on the upcoming bluray release.

    IMO I think it's time to stop with these movies. This made Predators look like a classic by comparison and I'm not a fan of that film at all.

    2/5

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  11. Hudson
    According to the poll 18 people gave it the highest score (5/5). Is this actually possible? Please, enlighten me.
    Theres 2 types of fandom, the ones that have criterium and the ones that dont, it has a predator, 5 of 5! By any way this is a 5/5, just for the reshoots, incoherency and bad cgi.. You can like it, i respect it, but 5/5? No way

    This is how I would describe the majority reaction to Alien Covenant on these same boards to be honest. I'm kind of surprised that I'm not hearing more love for The Predator...simply because it exists. Maybe there's still hope after all.
  12. Hudson
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    The thing is, the only obvious sequel baiting is in the final scene.

    Yeah, I guess that is my real problem with it. When the movie ended, I kind of thought
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      Until the very ending I didn't expect any of that to follow through in terms of suddenly becoming a staple of the franchise.

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    EDIT: I guess I can hop on this wagon and post my rankings too:

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  13. HuDaFuK
    I'm disappointed that it seems to be going the route of Alien Covenant, which is to open threads at the end instead of bringing any closure. Predator 2 managed to do this without feeling like it necessitated a direct continuation.

    The thing is, the only obvious sequel baiting is in the final scene.

    Lop that out, and not only do you remove by far the worst thing about the movie, you also eradicate the issue you (quite rightly) bring up here.
  14. Hudson
    Well, I saw it on Saturday and have digested it a bit, and by digesting I mean I've barely thought about it because it's not a movie that sticks with you as a self-contained entity. I'm disappointed that it seems to be going the route of Alien Covenant, which is to open threads at the end instead of bringing any closure. Predator 2 managed to do this without feeling like it necessitated a direct continuation. If a sequel to this movie doesn't arrive, The Predator isn't going to exist in any sense of relevance on its own terms. It will just end up feeling incomplete. I'm afraid that this is the path it's probably heading for.

    Overall, I think I would give it a 3/5 (although I would classify that as 'good' and 4/5 as 'great', but that's neither here nor there). I think for the most part, it met my expectations. When stood up against "Predators" this might as well be a masterpiece because that movie's story was crafted with such a level of ineptitude that I don't find the experience of watching it to be pleasurable at all. In that movie, the characters are not only all unlikable, but they all dislike each other (and the casting was terrible). At least here there's some chemistry and a sense of fun and play, while "Predators" took itself so seriously that it in turn became laughable, especially the ridiculous opening scene where people are just falling out of the sky into a jungle. There weren't any moments in this movie, for the most part, where I thought "WOW, that was stupid." So, that's good.

    Things I liked:
    -It's an entertaining movie, and mostly fun.
    -It moves quickly for its length.
    -It has an odd, but laugh-worthy sense of humor.
    -The child actor was fine.
    -It didn't take itself too seriously, because following Predator and Predator 2, I wouldn't expect a progression into pretentious territory (Prometheus, Covenant).
    -It seemed to usher in new conventions to the series, which I thought was interesting (in particular, subtitled Predator dialogue).
    -Overall, I enjoyed the characters.
    -It actually felt, mostly, like 'a Predator movie' unlike the previous entry.

    Things I didn't like:
    -The plot is convoluted, and there's no call for that when we're really talking about a monster movie franchise. It isn't even a clever plot, but it seemed like Shane Black was trying to 'out-clever' the earlier movies...which doesn't make sense. Look at the plot of Alien and Predator and reflect on how good those movies are. The surface level conflicts are pretty damn simple (think, Mad Max Fury Road). Now look at this film along with Prometheus or Covenant. They over complicate things for no reason but to seem smarter and more involved somehow, but I honestly couldn't tell you the plot of this movie by using an elevator pitch. It takes detailed description to parse out.
    -It's tie-in to the Predator franchise is deeply unsatisfying, nearly on an upsetting level. I'm not sure, but are we supposed to be proud of the filmmakers for including Jake Busey as Peter Keyes' son? I thought he would return later in the movie, or make some, ANY mention of who he was beyond sharing the same last name. As it stands, he pops up for what, about five minutes? Not to mention, there are two screenshots taken from Predator and Predator 2 which we glimpse for a second, and that's it. I don't understand the aversion which Fox has to creating some kind of actual continuity with this series. There's no reason to ignore the original film, because if we know anything is certain by this point, it's that they won't be able to top it. I'm not sure they are even interested in trying to do so, to be honest.
    -Olivia Munn's dialogue was awful. I appreciated the movie's sense of humor, but come on. EVERYONE in the movie has the same level of whit and snark, including someone who in real life would be a prestigious, if not boring, scientist. I get that her character can also  be fun and entertaining (and should be), but I guess I felt Shane Black's hand as the writer in the voice of every character in the film, in exactly the same way including the little boy who also used expletives.
    -The ending is awful. I hated it and couldn't believe the film was over at the moment the credits rolled. It really shows that they did re-shoots for the third act, because everything falls apart. Beyond the final scene itself coming off as rushed, there are moments where significant character deaths are passed over so quickly, or even barely noticeable at all.
    -I'm the last person who would even try to locate something like this, but I felt the movie exhibited some ableist sensibilities regarding autism and Tourette's. Particularly, the moment when Thomas Jane says something about 'eating pussy' and there's an overly long exchange where he tries to convince Olivia Munn otherwise was in bad taste, mean spirited, and not funny. Munn's character is meant to be a scholar, so it made no sense that someone didn't just say "he has Tourette's syndrome, don't worry about it" and they would move on. Instead, the moment essentially dwelled on making fun of him for a disability. I thought there'd be an eventual moment where this was all reconciled, but nope. It's just there for jokes because people with Tourette's syndrome are so funny when they say naughty words in public!  :D
    -This is a nitpick, but as a veteran, I can confirm that the portrayal of the military is pretty terrible. Predator isn't very accurate per say, but I question whether there was even a military adviser on set for The Predator. It's not something that's hard to get right. I really didn't believe for one second that the main character was a captain in the Army. When they first stated his rank, I was pretty shocked. Commissioned officers at his age are people who've graduated with a bachelor's degree from a university, not clumsily spoken farmboys. I know he's meant to be a special forces sniper, but go and look at Lone Survivor for an appropriate portrayal of officers vs. enlisted in that context. I mean...Arnold's character is a major in Predator, and I believe that he is a major. There was also a hilarious moment where Olivia Munn (or someone) directs a comment at everyone to the tune of "You're all soldiers!" and the immediate cut goes to a close up of Keegan Michael Key's character, who was obviously in the Marines. He nods at the comment. You don't call marines soldiers, because we aren't soldiers. That's the Army. It's a different word with a different denotation.


    It seems like my dislikes are stacking up, which is interesting because I did enjoy the movie overall, but I predict that my opinion of it may sour over time, the opposite of a movie like Alien Resurrection which I've come to enjoy more and more. I think one thing is for certain though: John Davis is a bad producer for the Predator franchise. His track record is one of failure, time and time again with this series. Let's not forget that Predator and Predator 2 are really Joel Silver movies, and since then with Davis primarily at the helm, it's all been disappointment for the most part. AvP, AvPR, Predators, and now this. It's not a good look for him, but I doubt anything will change.
  15. HuDaFuK
    There was sound in all the space scenes in the first film, but most notable are the separation sequence for the Nostromo (the mechanism and particularly the ship's engines firing all make noise), the destruction of the Nostromo and Ripley blasting the Alien in the Narcissus' engines. Still, the actual physics of space flight in the film were reasonably accurate (or at least not overtly inaccurate).

    In Aliens the Queen can be heard screaming after being ejected from the Sulaco.

    Resurrection also has typically lousy space physics. Aside from the recurring issue of sound, the Betty is seen zipping about like a conventional airplane à la Star Wars before it docks with the Auriga.

    But again, this is basically par for the course with space in film. The Predator is by no means the first movie to inaccurately apply conventional flight physics to space, even within this franchise. Hell, if we're being picky, the craft the Jungle Hunter arrived in at the very start of the original movie made a noise as it zipped past the camera.

    It's just one of those things. It's so ingrained now it doesn't even bother me to be honest (although I do love to see films try and do it more accurately).
  16. D88M
    8 years is nothing compared to the 20 between Predator 2 and Predators. You're being hyperbolic.

    Yeah, but Predators was bad too, the franchise is so simple and yet they cant even bother to make an effort to make a at least decent movie. What i mean is that there is no point on waiting so long to release movies of this quality.

    The Predator looked like a guy in a suit by the way, but that is just one item in the long list of flaws this movie has.

    It also had a lot of visual simmilarities, specially regarding the Predators tech, to Requiem.
  17. Kudzu
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    Also the beginning part of the movie made me face palm a little. There is not supposed to be sound in space, I think some of the previous movies did that but back then I doubt anyone knew that fact as much as they should today.

    We did. There was 2001: A Space Odyssey, after all. And the moon landings. By the late 80s we all knew there was no sound in space, but we also knew that no sound made for pretty boring space battles.

    I actually didn't like seeing a laser fight with spaceships in a Predator movie. Best leave that stuff to Star Wars and other pulpy sci-fi. One of the things I always liked about Predator was that the sci-fi stuff was just dressing. You got glimpses of stuff, like the ship dispatching what can be assumed to be a smaller pod for Jungle Hunter in the beginning, but it wasn't dwelled on. I liked how Predator 2 embellished things but still kept tech stuff weird and mysterious. Predators did a fairly good job, too. But AvP and The Predator just couldn't resist and shove your face in it, ruining the magic for me by making it mundane.
  18. Lefty
    Saw the film in the states over the weekend. I'd pretty much agree with the majority of reviews and opinions already shared: some fun stuff, some legitimately good moments, but overall a frustrating and sloppy experience.

    I was hoping I'd enjoy the Upgrade, but he was my least favorite part (along with the dogs). I loved the loonies cast overall and Fugitive looked fantastic. Really wish they had simplified and streamlined the ideas for this film, and come up with a simpler approach focusing on Fugitive and his motivations / character. It felt like 3 or 4 story ideas all fighting for screen time.

    I was fine with the idea of Upgrade going into it but I really wasn't impressed with his portrayal in the movie at all. And the last act into the ending...well it's already been said here enough.

    I'll echo the interest in seeing a directors cut and the original plan for the film one day. But, I don't see much hope of that happening - especially if it doesn't perform well financially. Just a really frustrating result for something that had a lot of potential.
  19. ChanceVance
    No doubt the movie is an absolute mess at times in regards to editing and things that go nowhere like that random shot of the dog running or Yvonne's character disappearing from the film. 

    I got to say though I really enjoyed it on the first go around. It doesn't even try and do the slow burn approach, the Predator is on-screen and killing in minutes. Cast worked out better than I expected, the jokes weren't landing to me but Holbrook was a likeable lead and Munn was surprisingly okay. I thought her casting would be Denise Richards in James Bond bad but she was just fine. My apologies to her for thinking she could reach those levels of bad. 

    The Upgrade is supposed to be the most fearsome Predator put to screen but everything about him just felt bland. He's big and bad, the end. Jungle and City hunter had distinct traits, even in Predators you at least had interesting designs.
  20. The_Foxcatcher
    So, we're a couple of days away from general release! Please share your own reviews here in this thread.

    Ok, saw it today.....

    And I do admit that the comedy was bad as hell and made the movie really disjointed. The acting was not good and there was another disjoint from director for not seamlessly  retrieving the right emotions from the actors.

    The practical effects and CGI were good and competent. The action was too good; not great like the original Predator, Predator 2 and AVP1. Ofcourse, the movie was miles better than AVP2.

    My verdict is Shane Black should stick to serious action and improve in creating tension which this film was lacking. He should surely stay away from creating comedy which he seemingly sucks at.

    The line 'get the fukc out from here is my middle name' made me cringe!

    Anyway, the action scenes at the end were too good. When I watched, I wished if Alien Covenant had the same caliber with well endowed justice to the screen time of Alien.

    Unlike Alien Covenant, this movie didn't wrap it as a fast-packed-goodbye-to-audience.


    I loved the Gore; it was too good!


    Anyway a 6/10 for me. Would like to watch again for sure for its gore and action scenes but at the same time am afraid to face the cringe worthy comedy and disjointed direction on acting department.




  21. ChanceVance
    Also the beginning part of the movie made me face palm a little. There is not supposed to be sound in space, I think some of the previous movies did that but back then I doubt anyone knew that fact as much as they should today.
     

    I mean I hear this complaint a lot but unless you're a person in the space industry, should it really be such a bother. I'll take the roar of space engines over scientific accuracy anyday. 
  22. demonbane
    The problem with dna stuff is that the movie itself implied that it was whole Predator species that went into DNA upgrade.
    It completely failed to show that it was one clan that was really into that idea. It's possible that the sequel may be able to make this movie better, but I doubt it. DNA stuff could've worked if it were on one or few clans.
    Yes. Editing in this movie is OBJECTIVELY bad. Anyone who says otherwise is dishonest.
  23. Nathsp
    A specie that can trvel in space in seconds, that open worm holes,  with such advanced tech, the idea of traveling in universe searching for dna its just dumb and unnecesary.
    They can travel in seconds, there will be plenty of planets with better temperature..
    It doesnt have any sense.
    A ten feet thing kidnapping a child with mental problems to pass those mental problems to its race..0
  24. The Cruentus
    I agree, Mankind trying to decipher the predator tech could make for interesting story and it should take years and years, (a rogue predator perhaps to help but that could go so wrong without proper reasoning) and maybe that could justify an invasion or at least an attack, the predators feel like mankind is now too much of a threat with that stolen tech and wants to kill them before they get the chance to become too dangerous. Best I can come up with short notice but I could see there is plenty of stories to tell.
  25. Corporal Hicks
    I would argue some of the ideas are a problem, the dna thing and Rory able to use predator tech, plus the predator tech itself is just borderline magic.

    I'm not a huge fan of Rory's autism being used like that, but the idea of mankind deciphering Predator tech is one I think should be played with. I just think it should involve a deeper backstory of research.

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    Also the beginning part of the movie made me face palm a little. There is not supposed to be sound in space, I think some of the previous movies did that but back then I doubt anyone knew that fact as much as they should today.

    That's a none issue for me. Unless film's are going for that accurate representation of sound in space, it'll always be a thing. I just wish that opening sequence was longer.
  26. The Cruentus
    I would argue some of the ideas are a problem, the dna thing and Rory able to use predator tech, plus the predator tech itself is just borderline magic.

    Also the beginning part of the movie made me face palm a little. There is not supposed to be sound in space, I think some of the previous movies did that but back then I doubt anyone knew that fact as much as they should today.
  27. Huntsman
    I actually think the global warming idea is good in theory. Predators are attracted to hot climates...it matches up. I’m just going to expect that in the world of The Predator, warming is MUCH more advanced than what it is today. Or it’s just one character’s theory for increased Predator appearances.
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    The movie's main problem is the editing and not the ideas and themes; and here's hoping to getting a better version one day.
  29. Marc505
    The Creuntus, excellent review. Great point as well about the Predator technology being borderline magical, totally agree and that was one of the most jump the shark elements of the whole thing for me.

    In the Predator universe up until now the majority of the tech you could believe in (save perhaps for some of the 3D maps etc from AvP) but this just went a ridiculous route.
  30. D88M
    Oh God.

    From the director of Iron Man 3, a bad movie that has nothing to do with anything related to Iron Man, comes The Predator, a bad movie that has nothing to do with the Predator, what a surprise.

    The movie has so, so many things wrong and bad that i could very easily write a huge wall of text.

    But it simply does not deserve it, this was known since the script leaked.

    Is a mediocre blockbuster not well made in any aspect with the worst editing i have seen since Justice League, is a mess.

    This is Requiem level of bad only that is more professional in the technical aspects, it has very minimal decent stuff in it but it just goes nowhere.

    Please, let the franchises die, the last movie we got was 8 years ago and it was bad, before that we got the terrible Requiem, and now 8 years later we get another awful movie, just let them rest in peace.

    Waste of time
  31. The Cruentus
    Just watched it today and I am little conflicted about it, on one hand there many elements about it I enjoyed and on the other... many I didn't.

    First the bad.

    I really don't like the dna plot thing, it makes no sense because genetics do not work like that and I know most of you do agree it was a terrible concept, one that was thankfully dropped from Predators.
    The Predator technology seems to be borderline magic. The plasma weapons apparently don't need firing, they just do so automatically whenever their user is attacked. Of course this is possibly only just some of them, as previous Predators aim, track and kill using plasma weaponry without ever being attacked.
    Don't like AVP being referenced, even if it is only an easter egg.

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    Also while Rory wasn't used as bad as I thought he would (I thought he was going to be a typical godmode character and single-handedly save the day), he still does things he shouldn't have been able to and his ability to translate or at least understand the predator language is just silly. Even an autistic person needs to have a basic understanding of something before they can excel at it. I don't know much about translations but don't you need the proverbial rosetta stone?

    The Predator hounds....oh man this is one of the face palm moments in the movie.
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    The Predator killer weapon would have suited the film had the first movie been a superhero genre with fantastical technology in the first place. Here it just looks like someone watched the latest avengers and the black panther, and just plain copied them.

    There is a few continuity issues I noticed straight away too, the vambrace keeps changing from left arm to right arm in between some scenes. Fugitive isn't able to penetrate the Upgraded Predator's skin with his predator tech metal wristblades yet Baxley drew blood with his knives.

    The movie is a far cry from the suspenseful first movie that had some genuine horror moments.

    Now on for the good.

    I got to say, Fugitive might just be my favorite Predator.

    Maybe its just because I haven't long come from the theater and I am still riding on some of feelings from watching the movie, but I think Fugitive was done well and his design was terrific.
    Now the nostalgic part of me wants to keep Jungle Hunter as my favorite because he is the first, his appearance is awesome and while he did use his Plasma Caster a lot, he killed one at a time in a hunter style fashion.

    But Fugitive is almost on another level, whereas JH fought two teams of special forces and CH took on gangsters and the police, Fugitive took on a military force that was actually prepared for him and spent decades trying to find his kind. Also unlike the previous Predators which had the technological advantage right from the start. Fugitive starts his slaughter unarmed and not long out of sedation, and takes down the armed threats with just claws, mandibles and cunning.
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    Baxley, Thomas Jane's character is a laugh riot and I got to say other than Fugitive, he really was one of the better things in the movie. I would say all of the loonies are really, though Alfie's character is probably the weakest.

    Final thoughts.
    I think this film could have been so much better but that goes without saying. They should have dropped the upgrade thing and just have a berserker predator fill in that role instead. Also instead of having Rory translate the tech and access the mask to have him know where the ship was from that, it should have been automatically like when Fugitive is using his mask to view where his ship is, it is connected wirelessly to the other mask while Rory is looking at it, and he simply sees what the other Predator triggered. That would have been slightly more believable.

    Another way would have been to reverse the roles of Fugitive and Upgrade (or a berserker). Fugitive being the one hunting the other predator for either maybe stealing technology to use against other Predators or perhaps some other reason but Fugitive crashes his ship first while trying to find him due to being ambushed and ends up captured (that way we still have his cool escape scene) and the plot can follow from that but with necessary adjustments.

    Traeger is another issue too,
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