May 10 2018

The Predator trailer – Useless subplots are hunting us

Fox is going to make another run at the Predator franchise, but will it be able to spark any new interest? We’re about to find out in the first trailer for The Predator.

Kicking off in 1987 with the original Predator, Fox thought it had a hit and was able to get Predator 2 out into theaters in 1990. The second film was critically panned, but the inclusion of an Alien skull lit imaginations on fire. This led to crossover comics, two crossover films, and a never-ending stream of love for the franchise. Another film was attempted in 2010 entitled Predators and then things went silent again.

Then something odd happened. Shane Black, who played Rick Hawkins in the original film, had come into quite a career as a director having helmed Iron Man 3 among other projects. And, as an added bonus, he had done uncredited punchups on the original film’s script. Fox approached him about an all-new film, and here we are with The Predator.

The Predator – Can it rekindle the franchise?

Why in the world is there a sub-plot about the Predators enhancing themselves? Why not do a film where some Predators hunt people… and that’s it. There doesn’t need to be any sub-plots with conspiracies or shadowy actions.

From this trailer, I don’t have a lot of hope for this movie. As soon as the topic of hybrids came up, I was just mentally out. I’m sure I’ll still see it, but my excitement level has definitely dropped.

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.

The Predator hits theaters on Sept. 14.

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