The Predator – or is it Sportsman?

The Predator (2018)

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. Now, 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 young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

That’s the way the studio describes it and it’s not much more than that. But you know what? It works. I went in not knowing what type of movie it wanted to be. Was I going to get straight action? Straight gore? I wasn’t sure, but the movie decided what it wanted to be pretty quickly, which was FANTASTIC!

Olivia Munn is spunky and Sterling K. Brown is hard to hate as the villain, but it’s the ragtag Group 2 that steals the show. When we first meet them on the bus, we’re not sure what to think. But as time goes on, they grow on you. Keegan-Michael Key does a great job, once again. He can really make a role his own. It was great to see Thomas Jane back on screen. And I swear the line uttered by Key to Jane, “welcome back”, has got to be a nod to The Punisher, a role Jane played in 2004.

Trevante Rhodes was great as Nebraska. He has a lot of charisma on screen. Alfie Allen, I felt, was a little wasted in this role, but maybe he’s trying to avoid being typecast as the villain. Augusto Aguilera was fantastic as Nettles. And of course, our lead, Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna rounds out the Group. He was good, not great, but it was enough. And the fact that he was surrounded by a great cast that had excellent chemistry with each definitely helped.

Jacob Tremblay does a good job in the role of Rory McKenna and I feel like he’ll continue to hone the acting craft as he does more movies.  And how about Yvonne Strahovski making an appearance! I was surprised to see her in a role that wasn’t all glammed up or having her act like a complete and total hard ass. Hopefully she’ll be given more of these types of roles. I was a big fan of this entry into the Predator catalog and I hope to see more. And if the before credits, after movie, scene is any indication, we may just have another franchise on our hands.

2 thoughts on “The Predator – or is it Sportsman?”

  1. Man, I agree about this fantastic film! This is a great reboot – better than I could have expected and so much more well done than many reboots. I will agree to disagree that Boyd Holbrook was good and not great. But maybe I was just too excited to see him in a feature film after loving his acting in Narcos and I’m biased. The comedic chemistry Group 2 and their comrades have on screen lights up this film and I am elated I saw it sooner than later.

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