The nerd corner of the internet has been buzzing about the new international trailer for Predators, mainly because the trailers so far have been… decent, but underwhelming. And let’s be honest — if you’re going to make a new movie about one of cinema’s most infamous group of hunter/killer aliens, especially after the disastrous Alien vs. Predator and the OK though uninspiring Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem — you’re going to need to blow the doors off the place to get people into it again.
The new trailer makes up for some lost ground. It has more of the vibe of the first movie, and gives a glimpse into the bloodshed and mayhem that we hoped to see. I’m still not 100% sold on it, but … I’m getting there. It’s got more of the classic predator stuff — the noises, the invisibility, that unnerving music. People have knocked the casting of Adrian Brody as the lead — personally, I’m fine with it. He’s a ridiculously versatile actor, so I’ve got no problem with it. The rest of the cast is much like the cast of the Schwarzenegger original — disposable badasses. Just with less muscle mass, and a more subtle type of bravado.
In some ways, it’s the perfect update of the original. The model for the contemporary action hero is very different from what it was when McTiernan’s movie came out in 1987. It’s a smarter, less brutish, more clever character, and the guys they have represent that. Call it the Jason Bourne model, but action hero 2.0 is something very different these days. Producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antel have the group nailed pretty well. There is, however, still a curious absence of Topher Grace, which is rather puzzling. It leads me to think that either a) the character dies off early, b) his performance is unimpressive, or c) he’s something of a secret weapon for the film makers, a character who will somehow surprise us. Frankly, I’m hoping for (c).
Anyway, check it out. It’s red-band, but only for some blood spraying and a single “fuck.”