September 14, 2018

The Predator is in theaters on September 14th, 2018.

The Predator is the modern day revamp of the same titled series. The hunting creatures are bigger and stronger than ever which poses an even bigger threat to humankind. Can this series overcome the feeling of unoriginality or is its return worth the watch?

I went in thinking the former, especially since this series has been going on since 1987. I was pleasantly surprised when the plot and action drew in my attention from beginning to end. As usual the mysterious element of what the creatures can do were enough to keep my interest as well as the action to track them and take them down.

What set this movie apart from the other Predator movies is that it was really funny. Not from the fact that Keegan-Michael Key from Key and Peele was part of the Loonies but they all added their own humor to the medley. From sarcasm to sophomoric humor, there’s a little bit of comedy to appeal to all types of viewers.

The cast was great and everyone portrayed their characters well. The main characters or the “Loonies” were quite possibly the one of the best group of misfits I’ve ever seen in a movie of this genre. Their personalities were all so different but they meshes together so well. Their quick formed camaraderie was admirable and it was easy to want to continue to watch to see how their stories played out.

The two things I did not like about this movie is that the special effects were not the best and a lot of jokes came at the expense of people with disabilities. I personally am not the biggest fan of special effects because lately it’s been so overdone and looks more funny than scary. I found myself chuckling several times at the creatures and the gore scenes because it looked so fake. The jokes poking fun at disabilities like people on the spectrum and Tourette’s made me feel uncomfortable. I thought it was a low blow to go after and didn’t fit well in my opinion.

Overall I was happy with the fourth movie in the Predator series and I would not be surprised to see a fifth movie in the works. While this one will never top the original with Arnold Schwarzenegger, it definitely goes as my second favorite.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Ashley Ashley (Contributing Editor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi.
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