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REVIEW: The Predator

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I was really looking forward to a new entry into the Predator franchise and Shane Black’s The Predator seemed to check off all the boxes on what would make an awesome film in a series that has badly needed a new entry, with Predators being the last solid film in the franchise.

Armed with a ton of momentum, thanks to a strong marketing effort, The Predator is now out in theaters and the synopsis says: “From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. The universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biologist can prevent the end of the human race.”

While Black and his cast of Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Keegan-Michael Key, and Travante Rhodes were hoping to revitalize the sci-fi action franchise, the film ended up being a forgettable entry that will probably be long forgotten in a few months.

It’s sad, because the idea of a Super Predator, and an ultimate three-way showdown between the traditional Predator, a Super Predator, and humans, on paper seemed excellent. But Black’s terrible story destroys all chances of this being any sort of jumpstart to a once iconic franchise.

The Predator managed to make the Predator, a normal sight to see. There was nothing special about seeing him on screen, there was nothing special about what the Predators did, and they both seemed bland and boring, propped up by a few gory kills that immediately lose their impact.

When a few of the movie’s characters were riding on top of the smooth surfaced alien vessel that the Super Predator was flying, I laughed out loud for how far this movie sunk itself.

With a bad premise, a terrible story, and nothing to differentiate one character’s purpose, or meaning, from another, you’re left with close to 2 hours of forgettable clutter, otherwise known as ‘The Predator’.

 

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WB Shuts Down Production on ‘Swamp Thing’, DC Universe Drops Trailer

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Warner Bros. reportedly has shut down production on James Wan’s ‘Swamp Thing’ effectively trimming 3 episodes (down to 10 in total) of the upcoming series, according to Star News Online.

“I’m beyond sad. What a terrible decision” series star Virginia Madsen said in an Instagram post, essentially confirming the news. “We have been cut to the core by those who have never set foot into the Swamp.”

The series is set to premier on May 31st, and although the news is a bit disappointing, DC Universe has responded by dropping a trailer.

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Blumhouse Drops Trailer for ‘Ma’

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Blumhouse has dropped a trailer for Universal Pictures’ ‘Ma’ starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.

An Australian trailer was released that gave fans a look at the strange film set to arrive on May 31st.

According to the synopsis:

“Everybody’s welcome at Ma’s. But good luck getting home safe. Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers, Glass), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own.

She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.” But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.

Ma also stars Juliette Lewis (August: Osage County) as Maggie’s mom, Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) as a local dad, Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) as his girlfriend, and McKaley Miller (TV’s Hart of Dixie), Corey Fogelmanis (TV’s Girl Meets World), Gianni Paolo (TV’s Power) and Dante Brown (Lethal Weapon TV series) as Maggie’s friends.

From Tate Taylor, the acclaimed director of The Help and Get On Up, and blockbuster producer Jason Blum (Get Out, Halloween, The Purge series) comes a thriller anchored by a daring and unexpected performance from Spencer, one of the most powerful actors of her generation.

Ma is written by Scotty Landes (Comedy Central’s Workaholics) and Taylor, is produced by Blum for his Blumhouse Productions, by Taylor, and by John Norris (executive producer, Get On Up), and is executive produced by Spencer, Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Volturno, and Robin Fisichella.”

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‘Blood From Stone’ Unleashes Vampires on the World

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If you are looking for some vampire action, than ‘Blood From Stone’ is being called a “genre-defying” vampire film and a new trailer gives you a glimpse into what is in store.

According to the synopsis:

“Taking place in a glittering Nevada casino town, the teaser showcases the gritty world these immortals have inhabited amongst the tourists and degenerates. As the bodies pile up, suspicions of the local authorities draw in on them forcing a confrontation of family loyalty and a clash of new eras versus old.”

Take a look at the trailer below, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting:

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