PREDATORS

So in my desperation to see a film–any film–in this summer of discontent, I latched onto the name of Robert Rodriguez, the producer of Predators and gambled my afternoon on the dubious prospect of being entertained by this many times removed sequel to the classic Schwarzenegger action film.  After all Rodriguez has made some pretty good films in the past, El Mariachi, Desperado, the first Spy Kids movie was kind of cute.  Even if he didn’t direct Predators, he would make sure that it was better than the Aliens vs. Predators movies.  Right?  Right?

I guess I should have known better. Predators is an amorphous mess with serious pacing problems due to misguided attempts at characterization. The script is full of contradictions, bad dialog and poorly constructed scenes. The action scenes are unimaginative and they don’t build to a satisfying climax like the best action movies. Adrien Brody, a good actor, looks like he’s very conscious of the fact that he’s slumming here. He mopes, sweats, delivers his lines in his best Clint Eastwood growl, and generally looks like an actor who’s contemplating getting a new agent. Topher Grace phones it in too.

Well, we’ve got Christopher Nolan’s Inception opening next week.  That’s something to look forward to. Plus fall is coming with Harry Potter and the usual truckload of Oscar bait. Until then, I guess I’ll have to find something else to do on the weekends.

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