Cast: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Topher Grace, Mahershala Ali, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Louis Ozowa, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo
Written By: Alex Litvak, and Michael Finch. Based on characters by Jim Thomas, and John Thomas.
Directed By: Nimród Antal
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Release Date: July 7, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
I Sort of Did This One
In July of 2020, I covered the 10th anniversary of Predators for MovieBabble. I started by live tweeting while rewatching the film. Then, I wrote a ridiculously detailed deep dive type article you can read here, if you’d like. It was a really fun process. ** FAIR WARNING: Either of those links will lead to spoilers. I literally discussed every detail.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I’d suggest staying right here and continuing the one you’re reading. This one I’m typing right now. Hi there. Good to see you.
With all the writing I’ve done on this movie already, it’s kind of strange it has taken me so long to do this post. Yet, here we are.
A bunch of unconscious, not-so-nice characters, are dropped from airplanes into an unfamiliar jungle environment.
How did they get here? Why are they here? And where are they? They must band together to answer these questions, and more that come up along the way. That’s easier said than done, though, as it seems many of them would rather fight each other.
Adrien’s Role: Royce
Royce doesn’t reveal too much about himself (in fact, he doesn’t even tell anyone his name until the end of the film). Brody/Royce speaks in a voice that sounds like a hybrid of Batman and Clint Eastwood, which I believe is meant to cover any identifying accent. Adrien is a method actor, after all, so I’m sure he thought about these things. Plus, it’s a good voice for an action film, right?
Royce is not fond of teamwork, and would much rather solve the mysteries of this jungle on his own. He also seems to consider compassion a flaw, and tries his best not to show any.
That’s about all I’ll say about him here, in case you haven’t seen Predators yet, and wish to. Feel free to read that aforementioned MovieBabble article to get all my thoughts.
When I first saw Predators, I didn’t really connect with it. Over time, and through that live tweeting process I mentioned, I came to appreciate it. To be honest, the last 30 minutes or so are my favorite, and I’ve watched that section more than the rest. Whenever it airs on TV, I tune in for that. I have to. Some of it is just so satisfying.
Movie overall: 6/10
Brody performance: 7/10