The Predator (M18)
Starring Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown
Directed by Shane Black
The ugly mofo is back!
This time, a military sniper (Narco’s Boyd Holbrook) and his autistic son (Jacob Tremblay), an evolutionary biologist (Olivia Munn), a CIA-meets-MIB villain (Sterling K Brown), and a group of mentally unsound combat veterans are caught in the crosshairs of a much bigger alien trophy hunter.
You come to a Predator movie for two reasons. One, to see the dreadlocked warrior slice and dice and blow up its targets with extreme prejudice. And two, the actors who’re going to be sliced and diced and blown up. In The Predator, directed by Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys), you’d much prefer the latter over the former.
Black, himself a ‘casualty’ in the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring 1987 original, is known for his droll, snappy, salty and insanely quotable dialogue, and there’s a lot here — including obligatory throwbacks to early instalments — which he fed to an enthusiastic cast (Key & Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key and Brown are standouts).
Enjoy the buddy banter while it lasts because none of it matters in the third act where the creature-feature turns into a war movie — chaotic, stultifying, and not as fun. (**1/2)
Photo: 20th Century Fox