Every now and then I start to feel like I’m going mental. I feel out of sync with the rest of the world. When I saw the high praise Godzilla got or the high praise afforded to The Last Jedi I felt very alone in my boredom. It was as if I had turned up to what I thought was a nudist colony, only to find out it was a nativity play. The new predator movie “The Predator”, written by the incomparable Shane Black, is a perfect example of this, but with an interesting inversion. Everyone I’ve entertained the opinion of, in respect to this movie, was seething with anger with how stupid, terrible and misjudged this film was. Whereas I thought it was one of the best things I have ever seen in this genre of stupid over the top movies.
Starring Boyd Holbrook and other impressive people, such as Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Jane, The Predator is a science-fiction film about aliens coming down and causing untold destruction. Based a good few years after the original this one begins during a sniping mission. Quinn McKenna (Holbrook), the handsome sniper, finds his job interrupted by an unemployed immigrant from space, and Quinn is very right wing so he starts shooting. The Predator (coming over here taking our spines) doesn’t dick about and starts cutting people in half as fast and as often as possible.
Despite the previous predator invasions being canon, as mentioned by the military gentlemen, they think that Quinn must be insane, so they put him into some sort’ve ‘suicide squad’ with the Punisher and Theon Greyjoy. As in every film Shane Black writes, everyone on the squad has some mental illness. PTSD, Psychosis etc. The Punisher has Tourettes Syndrome, which I assume is a gentle reference to Shane Black himself being diagnosed with Tourettes recently and Theon Greyjoy has a weird illness that makes him think he’s Irish but speaks like no one on this island.
Anyway, it becomes clear quite early on that Quinn’s son is on the spectrum and the whole film has an air, that is so commonly represented in cinema, that people with Aspergers or Autism have some sort’ve minor superpowers. The film is a stupid movie with over the top violence and has a tremendous lack of realism with how characters behave (a kid that can’t stand the sound of a fire alarm, is later quite content with having people murdered in front of him, and willing to make a casual joke about it). The thing is, I rank it as the best Predator and in the top three of Shane Black’s movies, alongside Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys.
The comic timing and the over the top camera angles, dialogue, violence and the insane plot feels like something Shane Black would do, and I love him. As I went into the screen expecting a Shane Black movie, I’m wondering how many other people went in wanting a Predator movie. Perhaps this is where we differ. I asked two different people I know called Jack and they loved it too, so who knows what the factors are for enjoying this. I highly recommend it if you don’t want to take it too seriously.
The Predator (2018)
I’m not racist, but why don’t these predators just stay on their own planet, instead of coming over here and trophy hunting us for sport, eh? That’s what I say.