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Predators lacks originality

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


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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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