Generally I’m not a fan of scary movies, and for a long time, I never watched any of them. However, my last room-mate before I got married to my Husband was a huge scary movie buff and pretty much forced me to watch all sorts of horrifying crap with her. Of course, she didn’t just like the crap, she also liked the classics, and so the Alien movies, including “Alien Vs. Predator,” were a few that I was subjected to. Now, I’m not saying that they’re bad films, not at all. What I am saying is that I’m a huge sissy-girl when it comes to anything that’s not filmed in broad daylight.
As I had already suffered through, um, I mean seen so many of the movies pertaining to “Predators,” I couldn’t not go to see the film with my Hubby when he wanted to go. He assured me that “Predators” would be a terrible film that would be utterly predictable and that he would warn me whenever anything scary was about to happen. Ah, well, he was wrong. Instead of being a kitschy film about monsters, “Predators” was a horrifying thriller that still scared the crap out of me not only when scenes from the film compelled me to jump, but also every time my Hubby nudged me in the dark theatre to warn me not to jump. That whole thing about him warning me really didn’t work so well after all.
Essentially, “Predators” is about a few people who are stranded together in the woods of a foreign planet and are forced to protect themselves from the dangers of that planet. None of the people in the group know one another, and so each has their misgivings of the others, though none of them are really the greatest of people. After taking the time to get to know one another, it becomes clear that they have all been put together in this place because of who they are, which includes murderers from Death Row, Hit-Men, and other terrible things. Of course, not all of the people in the group make it to the end of the film; there are several gory killings before the film is even half-over. Eventually, the part of the group that has managed to survive stumbles across an ex-Navy Seal named Noland (Laurence Fishburne), who helps the group to outsmart and outrun the Predators that are hunting them all.
Even though the main characters of the film were all “bad” people (a similar concept to the “Saw” films), I still couldn’t help but to cringe, jump, and once, even scream as each of them met their demise. The visual effects from the film were great, fantastically believable in ways that still freak me out when I find myself thinking about them as I cross the house in the dark at night to use the restroom. The soundtrack for the film was also pretty awesome and really contributed wonderfully to the overall feel of the movie.
With actors like Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, and Adrien Brody, the acting quality of the film is absolutely wonderful. Each of the characters is believable and is portrayed convincingly as a result of the solid actors and actresses playing the roles.
Despite how freaked out I was by this film, I do still recommend it. Once in a while, a scary movie’s not a bad thing to sit through, even if it does scar the viewer for life afterwards. Overall, I’d say that “Predators” is an incredible movie that does what it’s supposed to do very well.
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