The Predator movie review - Aussieboyreviews


For those expecting a full-on, original Predator movie, they’ll definitely be disappointed. However, 2018’s The Predator is a humorous, extremely violent and fun sci-fi action popcorn-movie.


When the young, autistic son of an army sniper triggers technology that brings the universe’s ‘predators’ to Earth, the army sniper, a group of former-soldiers and a scientist team up to stop the creatures from destroying humanity.

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Movie details

Director: Shane Black
Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera
Writer: Shane Black, Fred Dekker
Release Date (Australia): 13 September 2018
Runtime: 107 minutes/1h 47m
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Horror
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film features science fiction themes and a sustained sense of threat inflicted by an alien-like creature. There are also thematic elements such as bullying and the behaviours of a child on the autism spectrum.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features frequent strong science fiction violence, including depictions of shootings, stabbings, decapitations and alien-like creatures attacking people and other alien-like creatures. These scenes feature accompanying depictions of very large blood sprays and bloody gore.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film features frequent use of the word “f**k”, in addition to use of the words “p***y”, “ass” and “s**t”.

Drug Use (G)

The film contains infrequent verbal references to drugs and drug cartels.

Nudity (PG)

The film contains depictions of paintings that feature full frontal male and female nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains crude sexual humour and several crude references to sex.

mpaa rating

R (for strong bloody violence, language throughout, and crude sexual references)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This extremely violent, pacy and comical popcorn-flick works well as a big sci-fi action movie, but it’s just not acceptable as a Predator movie. Although it’s quite enjoyable on a different level, Shane Black’s The Predator has an utter amount of flaws, as well as so many things that raise questions and make absolutely no sense. This is why the movie is so ridiculous and underwhelming in so many directions.

A very new element in this movie compared to the 1987 original is CGI work and effects, which are usually bombed on when they appear big sequels or reboots like The Predator. The extreme blood effects are CGI and even the predator or the other creatures are CGI. This doesn’t live up to the original classic and should be avoided by viewers who hate CGI work in film, but this all would’ve worked finely as a completely new sci-fi action concept.

But seriously, it may be a very disappointing let-down of a Predator movie, but if audiences view it as just an original and brand new sci-fi action flick, it’s much more enjoyable and acceptable. It’s extremely violent, it’s fast-paced and there’s very frequent but often crude comic relief, especially by Keegan-Michael Key. So, just give 2018’s The Predator a chance as something that isn’t a Predator movie. It’s appreciable.

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