Shane Black's "The Predator" movie could go either way. Most of the reactions to the first teaser, shared during CinemaCon, were positive. But at least one critic was "underwhelmed." Unfortunately, you won't get a chance to judge for yourself today.
"The Predator," opening in theaters this September, is the fourth film in the franchise, and it's set between "Predator 2" and "Predators." The cast looks strong: Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Edward James Olmos, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Yvonne Strahovski, and young Jacob Tremblay.
The first synopsis for the movie was shared during 20th Century Fox's CinemaCon presentation:
"From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black's explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe's most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race."
In case that sounds strange to you, you're not alone; Collider called the synopsis "bonkers."
The first teaser trailer sounds pretty out there, too. Here are some details from IndieWire:
"The footage begins with Tremblay's young boy on Halloween playing with a toy box that has a toy alien ship inside of it. It turns out the toy is controlling a real alien spaceship, similar to the way Anne Hathaway controlled a monster in 'Colossal.' The vessel ends up crash landing on Earth and releasing tons of Predators.
The trailer cuts to an interrogation room featuring Boyd Holbrook, who is playing a military sniper. It turns out Holbrook is the father of the boy we saw earlier. Footage of soldiers battling Predators and a Predator violently holding one by the neck cut through Holbrook's integration narration. Olivia Munn's scientist makes a big impression during the trailer. Her character is seen expertly handling a gun. When Sterling K. Brown's character asks, 'You're pretty handy with a gun, where'd you learn?' Munn replies: 'America.'"
Here are some of the positive reactions:
Shane Black's THE PREDATOR looks great! Lots of bloody action, the hunters are evolving. #CinemaCon— Rohan Patel (@KingPatel7) April 26, 2018
And looks like Shane Black has another winner on his hands with THE PREDATOR, whose trailer includes very funny opening scene with Jacob Tremblay before moving into familiar paramilitary territory, and Weyland-Yutani-like corporate-science shenanigans. #CinemaConpic.twitter.com/fImc3yoioM— Barry Hertz (@HertzBarry) April 26, 2018
Shane Black and Fred Dekker's character work was on full display already. There was a cool shot of the Predator laser dots on @JacobTremblay. Olivia Munn sees this, pushes him behind her and dots move to her.— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) April 26, 2018
Just saw #ThePredator teaser. Lots of set-up and mystery surrounding a mission that Boyd Holbrook's character was on where he encountered an "alien". We see a ship crash land on Earth and various shots of the Predator in various places. (1/2)— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) April 26, 2018
The Predator looks SMART. #CinemaCon— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) April 26, 2018
The Predator trailer looks really good. Starts with a young boy finding some predator artifacts. A lot of bloody thrilling jungle action. Can't wait to see more. #CinemaCon— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 26, 2018
However, io9 was so underwhelmed they posted a story titled "Unfortunately, the First Footage From The Predator Does Not Inspire Much Confidence."
Here's part of that story:
"Jacob Tremblay opening a box was the best thing in the first footage from Shane Black's The Predator. Fox showed a taste of the highly anticipated next entry in the scifi series at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and while opinions will obviously be mixed, I was left very underwhelmed. [...] There was no big standout moment in the footage. No hero shot of the Predator or clear idea of what exactly is going on. We assume Holbrook's character sees a crashed ship, his team is killed, he sends his son evidence, the evidence brings down more Predators. Then, things go wild and soldiers are called in to stop the Predators, with the complication of scientists wanting to study them. Right?"
Maybe? While you can't see the teaser trailer yet, you can see Jacob Tremblay's great Ahhhnold impression:
"The Predator" opens in theaters on September 14.
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