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Predators lacks originality

Nimrod Antal's film is reliable, but not memorable.


Predators is perfectly serviceable, but not engaging enough to prevent the mind from wandering away from the plot and onto a moviegoer’s ongoing, large and vexing questions like, “Is originality now just a matter of making old properties fresh and feeling like new?” The director of this picture, Nimrod Antal, has a keen eye (a moonlit sword-fight with a predator is exquisite) and feel for action, but is a reliable filmmaker, not memorable one. Where has that excited anticipation for big movies gone? If 2008’s Iron Man was the beginning of a summer of love for blockbuster aficionados then perhaps last month’s The Last Airbender was Altamont. What chance does a serviceable action-picture like Predators have when you almost resent being in the theatre in the first place?

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Director: Nimród Antal

Writer: Michael Finch and Alex Litvak

Producer: Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan

Cast: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali and Carey L. Jones


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