Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys, Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang) is back with the first, official, trailer for “The Predator”. Returning the franchise to it’s action/horror/gore roots from the 80s.. or is it?
I don’t know why they chose to highlight “Iron Man 3” as the movie he directed to hype this film, but we’ll just side step that! As far as the TRAILER goes for this movie, I’m not excited. I know it’s supposed to be rated “R”, but I didn’t really get any “R” feels from the trailer. There’s one shot of The Predator’s weapon with some blood, but that’s it. In the internet day-and-age, you can release a Redband trailer along side a neutral one for a wider market. This trailer, honestly, was underwhelming.
I am in no way whelmed.
It seems to be (from the trailer anyway) falling victim to the tropes that EVERY other “Rated R” movie seems to be following these days. Genetically altered this… hybrid that… a kid for some reason. I don’t like it. It’s not very often that putting kids in a horror/action movie will excite me for a film. “IT” managed to do it, because those kids had lots of development, quirks and gave you the feeling of nostalgia you get from Stranger Things or life in general. This just seems to have a kid in it to be the catalyst for the plot. He gets mailed a package of a Predator gauntlet, for whatever reason, then plays with it like it’s a toy… summoning the aliens to Earth.
We know that the plot is that there is a secret mission force that investigates the crash site and they’re later interviewed on the events of what happened. Kind of like in “Annihilation”, which I loved, and I’m assuming that the kid (Jacob Tremblay) is in the protection of Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn), as we saw from the trailer, and they’ll spend this entire movie trying to protect the kid. Just like in every Jurassic Park/World movie we’eve ever seen. I brought up Jurassic World because this trailer felt like they exist in the same universe, plus the whole “modifying creatures” story-arch is basically the same.
The jury is still out on this one, for me anyway, but I’ll reserve MORE judgement for when we get a FULL trailer or maybe a Redband one! I had high hopes for this movie and was thinking we’d see something different, but all I’ve seen is the same movie that’s been made 100 times in the past decade… or maybe I’m just getting old and crusty.
— The Middle Show with Darren Worts