Predators, directed by Nimród Antal, 2010
Unofficial Predators month continues here at SciFi Squad. While Jacob Hall explores the little things that made the original Predator flick so great in his latest Movie Club post, I'm here to tell you that Nimród Antal's Predators is one of most entertaining popcorn movies of the summer. Antal updates the classic Predator formula – one giant jungle, dudes with big guns, a crazy dreadlocked alien monster, and lots of blood spillage – by pitting a group of trained killers against two teams of deadly Predators on an alien planet.
A newly buff and gruff Adrien Brody leads the human team against the crab-jawed big bads, who have their own little civil war going on in the middle of all the human hunting. Predators, produced by Robert Rodriguez, smartly stays away from overblown CGI-laced action set pieces. The movie is more of a throwback to the '80s with down and dirty action scenes that seem organic to the story and characters with big mouths and bad attitudes. It's a fun and fast-paced action flick that, surprisingly, stands on its own and adds more details to the Predator mythos without feeling like a blatant set-up for more sequels.