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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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‘Riot Girls’ Clip Ends with a Bloody Bang

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Jovanka Vuckovic‘s post-apocalyptic thriller ‘Riot Girls’ is now playing in select theaters and available on VOD platforms, and a brand new clip shows just how bloody the movie gets.

According to the synopsis: “When a mysterious illness wipes out the entire adult population, the kids that are left behind split themselves into two groups. A vicious war ensues between the two rival gangs over territory, resources and survival.”

Starring Madison Iseman, Jenny Raven, and Paloma Kwiatkowski, the clip below shows a tense situation, ending with a bang.

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Netflix Releasing Mind-Bending ‘Fractured’ in October

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Brad Anderson, who was behind Session 9 and The Machinist, will be behind Netflix’s new film ‘Fractured’ set to arrive on October 11th.

Starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Lucy Capri, Stephen Tobolowsky and Adjoa Andoh, the mind-bending film dropped a trailer today and it looks….crazy.

According to the synopsis: “Driving home after a tense holiday weekend with his in-laws, Ray Monroe, a well-meaning but overwhelmed family man, pulls into a rest area with his wife Joanne and daughter Peri. The trip takes a turn for the worse when Peri is hurt in an accident and the family rushes to a nearby emergency room run by a staff with dubious intentions. After being sent away for further testing Peri and Joanne vanish and all records of their visit disappear. Ray’s concern turns into a desperate race to find his family and discover the truth of what happened to them.”

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Blumhouse Drops Trailer for ‘Sweetheart’

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Blumhouse’s next film will be J.D. Dillard’s ‘Sweetheart’ which is a creature feature set to be released on VOD platforms, via Universal Home Entertainment, on October 22nd.

According to the synopsis: “Jenn has washed ashore a small tropical island and it doesn’t take her long to realize she’s completely alone. She must spend her days not only surviving the elements, but must also fend off the malevolent force that comes out each night.”

Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, and Andrew Crawford star.

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