Predator: still waiting for a sequel

I’ve just returned from watching Predators, the third film in the Predator series.

The first film (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger) was a gripping story with (for then) state-of-the-art special effects. The second installment (starring Danny Glover) was a disappointment, so I was hoping this new film would recapture the magic of the original. Sadly, it does not.

The main problem with the film is the characters  (or rather, the lack of them).   I was expecting them to be picked off by the predators of the title, but I found that I didn’t care about their fate.  They do a lot of talking, which I don’t mind, as long as it contributes to the story.  In this case it just serves to punctuate the action set-pieces with some quiet.

The movie is marginally better than the abysmal Predator 2 but not much.   The ending too is unsatisfying; one gets the feeling that it is preparing for another sequel.

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