Nimrod Antel’s Predators (produced by Robert Rodriguez) is a film that fills fans with an odd mixture of anticipation and dread. Anticipation because the concept is pretty fantastic — the predators kidnap several of the baddest motherfuckers on earth and transport them to their home planet to be hunted. Dread because we’ve seen the franchise fucked royally, relentlessly, and repeatedly. The first Predator is a modern classic, a true product of its era, filled with muscle-bound oafs who were so badass it was almost farcical. The second one had Danny Glover, woefully miscast as a tough guy, and Gary Busey being, well, Gary Busey.
Then there were the Aliens vs. Predators films, which were the outer space equivalents of the Underworld franchise — that is to say, a no-brainer concept, pitting two classic creatures against each other, but pathetically executed (although I found Requiem to be rather enjoyable, if stupid as burning pigshit).
In any event, Predators has a fairly impressive cast, and now Rodriguez and company is releasing a series of short featurettes on each character to try to pique our interest. It’s a mixed bag — much as I enjoy Adrien Brody as an actor, I’m not sure I buy him as an action hero, and I don’t know what the fuck Topher Grace is doing in the film. Sop far, four featurettes have been released, and here they are:
Royce (Adrien Brody):
Isabelle (Alice Braga):
Noland (Laurence Fishburne):
Cuchillo (Danny Motherfuckin’ Trejo):
Some interesting stuff there, mainly the revelation that Fishburne’s Noland has been there for some time, slowly going crazy, living like a scavenger. The remaining cast — Mahershalalhashbaz Ali as Mombasa, Topher Grace as Edwin, Oleg Taktarov as Nikolai, Louis Ozawa Changchien as Hanzo, and Walton Groggins as Stans — don’t have featurettes yet, but as they come out, I’ll keep you posted (assuming they all get them — I’m guessing some of the characters don’t survive long enough to warrant bios).
Predators comes out July 9th, 2010.