- "They are the most dangerous killers on the planet. But this is not our planet..."
- ―Predators tagline
|Directed by||Nimrod Antal|
|Produced by|| Robert Rodriguez|
|Written by|| Michael Finch|
|Starring|| Adrien Brody|
Louis Ozawa Changchien
|Release date(s)||July 7, 2010|
|Preceded by||Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem|
Predators is a 2010 science fiction film directed by Nimrod Antal and starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins and Laurence Fishburne. The film is a sequel to Predator 2, although it does not reference that movie's plot and instead has more in common with the original film Predator. Predators concerns a group of hardened individuals with diverse criminal and military backgrounds who find themselves transported to an alien planet where they are hunted by a new breed of Predators.
Co-writer Robert Rodriguez has stated that he named the film Predators relative to how the second film in the Alien franchise was called Aliens. However, the film avoids any mention of the Alien franchise and ignores the Alien vs. Predator series completely. The title Predators is intended to have a double meaning, in that it refers to both the film's alien creatures, as well as the group of humans that are going against them.
In the year 2010, a mercenary named Royce awakens freefalling over a tropical jungle. Upon landing, he is immediately confronted by several other heavily-armed individuals including Russian Spetsnaz soldier Nikolai, Mexican drug cartel enforcer Cuchillo and IDF sniper Isabelle. They quickly encounter several more people dropped from the sky into the jungle, including an RUF officer called Mombasa, an American Death Row inmate called Stans, a silent Yakuza assassin called Hanzo and an American doctor, Edwin. Only one thing is common between the people stranded in the jungle — they are all cold-blooded killers (except, seemingly, Edwin) and the last thing they can remember is a light, then waking up in freefall. Trying to find high ground, they spring a series of booby traps, the original creator of which has been killed by a high-powered energy weapon. Continuing on, they discover that they are on an alien planet, and are attacked by quadrupedal alien creatures, which they barely manage to fend off until the creatures are called away by a high-pitched whistle.
Cuchillo is apparently abducted, mortally wounded and left in a field as bait calling for help. Royce and Mombasa immediately realize it is a trap, and the group decides to leave him. Isabelle initially refuses to leave him behind. The group leaves her, and she changes her mind and decides to mercifully execute Cuchillo. His moans and cries for help continue after she shoots him, frightening Isabelle and revealing that he was already dead — a Predator had been using a recording of his voice. Royce deduces that they are they are being hunted in a huge game preserve, and the creatures were being used in a manner similar to hunting dogs. They follow the creatures' tracks back to a campsite, where numerous skinned carcasses are hung and a captive Predator is bound to a metal monolith. They are then attacked by three cloaked Predators, who kill Mombasa and destroy Nikolai's minigun. The group flees over a cliffside and into a lake, swimming to shore. A furious Isabelle punches Royce and declares that he set them up as bait to see who was hunting them, only for Royce to say it was worth the price to learn more about their opposition. He also announces that Isabelle knows something about the Predators that she isn't revealing, forcing her to admit that she had read a report about Alan Schaefer's encounter with a single Predator twenty-three years previously. The report told her the creatures had active camouflage and infrared vision. Royce organizes the group to set a trap for the Predators. They are attacked by an insectoid creature, which is killed by a human wearing scavenged Predator equipment, a U.S. Army soldier named Noland.
Noland takes them to his hideout inside some kind of huge abandoned vehicle, where he explains the true nature of their situation: the Predators have been harvesting formidable fighters from Earth and other planets for several centuries, using them to improve their hunting skills. He also states that the Predators always come in groups of three and that there is a blood-feud occurring between two different tribes of Predator - the "black" tribe, who are now hunting Royce and the others, and the "classic" form of Predators seen in other films, one of which they found tied up at the Predator camp. He adds that the Predators have a spacecraft near their camp, which Royce resolves to commandeer in order to leave the planet.
As the group rests, Noland attempts to murder them by smoke suffocation, in order to take their equipment. Trapped, Royce alerts the hunting Predators as to their location. Noland attempts to escape but is cornered and killed by the Tracker. The Predators then release the remaining humans from the room they are locked in, although Nikolai sacrifices himself to kill the Tracker Predator. Immediately after the survivors escapes the drill, they are set upon by the Berserker, which kills Stans. As the group flees, Hanzo stays behind and faces the Falconer with his Katana. Although Hanzo wins the duel, he succumbs to his injuries. As the final three escape, Edwin is crippled by a Predator trap.
Royce attempts to convince Isabelle to leave Edwin behind, but she refuses, and Royce continues on to the camp alone in order to free the captive Predator they saw earlier, theorizing it will assist him in exchange for its release. Isabelle and Edwin are captured and thrown into a pit by the last remaining black Predator, the Berserker. Edwin paralyzes Isabelle with a neurotoxin and reveals to her that he is not the outsider everyone had thought he was, and is in fact a psychopathic serial killer.
Meanwhile, the Berserker Predator fights and decapitates the classic Predator, then destroys the spaceship as it attempts to depart. Royce, however, was not on board and returns to rescue Edwin and a paralyzed Isabelle from the pit. Edwin attempts to attack Royce but is disarmed and mortally wounded. Royce booby-traps his body with hand grenades to wound the Berserker Predator, then attacks it with a crude bone axe after lighting the surrounding area on fire to mask his own body's heat signature. The Predator briefly gains the upper hand and almost kills Royce, but Isabelle recovers from her paralysis and shoots the creature with her sniper rifle. Royce finally decapitates it with the bone axe.
He stumbles over to Isabelle and they talk for a few moments, finally telling each other their names. The next morning, Royce and Isabelle, with their wounds somewhat tended to, observe more humans and aliens being dropped into the jungle. Royce then tells Isabelle that they will find a way to get off the planet.
- Royce .... Adrien Brody
- Edwin .... Topher Grace
- Isabelle .... Alice Braga
- Stans .... Walton Goggins
- Nikolai .... Oleg Taktarov
- Noland .... Laurence Fishburne
- Cuchillo .... Danny Trejo
- Hanzo .... Louis Ozawa Changchien
- Mombasa .... Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
- Tracker Predator .... Carey Jones
- Berserker Predator ... Brian Steele
- Falconer Predator ... Brian Steele
- Classic Predator ... Derek Mears
The film was produced by Robert Rodriguez, and written by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch. In 1994, Rodriguez wrote an early script for the film for 20th Century Fox while he was working on his film Desperado. Rodriguez presented the script to the studio, but was denied when they realized that the budget would be too large. About 15 years later, the studio decided that they should go back to his script. "It's the story from that script I had written way back then," Rodriguez said. "They had hired me to write a Predator story while I was waiting to do Desperado back in 1994. It was crazy, this thing I came up with. So then fast-forward to now and, like, six months ago, they found the script and called me up. 'Hey, we want to redo this franchise and we found your old script. This is where we should have gone with the series! We want to move forward.' And that's what we're doing." In 2009, 20th Century Fox studio executive, Alex Young, called Rodriguez to consider using his treatment to revive the individual Predator franchise. It was originally thought that Robert Rodriguez would direct, but on June 12, it was rumored that British director Neil Marshall was involved in directing the film. On July 1, 2009, Nimrod Antal was officially signed on to take the director's chair.
In his interview with MTV, Robert Rodriguez stated that the most important thing a Predator film needed was "great characters so that the audience feels they're going on this journey with them". Cast information was released only a few weeks before shooting began. The cast consists of Adrien Brody, who plays a man who ends up inheriting the mantle of leader. Topher Grace plays a doctor whose unassuming facade masks a dangerous serial killer. Alice Braga plays a tough female killer. Mahershalalhashbaz Ali portrays a man not afraid to die. Walton Goggins presents a loose cannon of the group. Oleg Taktarov is a former Russian special ops soldier. Danny Trejo plays a hardened Mexican cartel enforcer with dual MP5ks. Rodriguez stated that he would like to get Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear in a cameo role as an aged Dutch, but the plan fell through. On November 30, Antal defended his decision in choosing Brody for the lead role in an interview to promote his upcoming film, Armored, saying,"It was a challenge in finding a balance. I think when we cast Adrian, there were a lot of people going, 'What?' But at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or if we cast anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic." He also states a point that average soldiers are wiry tough guys, not burly men like Arnold.
On December 18, 2009, Laurence Fishburne was cast for a role in Predators. On January 13, 2010, information on Fishburne's character — Noland, a man who survived for ten years on the alien planet — was revealed in an interview with Louis Ozawa Changchien, stating, "It's a really interesting role, quite different from Morpheus [from The Matrix]... A bit shady, crazy, surviving on his own, kind of a ratty character. I didn't know anything about his role, and we all went to see the rehearsal. It was quite a surprise." Louis Ozawa Changchien, who plays Hanzo, also stated about his own character, "I guess he used to be a guy who can murder someone without a qualm, but by the time he arrives to the Hunting Camp, he'll no longer be that kind of person... Those things aren't explained in the script, but you'll get it when you see the movie."
The film was shot on a 53 day schedule. Exterior filming location was mostly set in Kolekole, Hawaii. Filming started on September 28, 2009 and wrapped its 22 day shoot on the Hawaii location on November 1, 2009. The film shot its interior set scenes at Robert Rodriguez's studio in Austin, Texas. The film shot more exterior footage at Canyon Lake Gorge in Comal County, indicating that the film will not rely mostly on CG backgrounds.
On January 15, 2010, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, who plays Mombasa, stated in an interview that filming on Predators was completed and that a trailer for the film was being developed while they were still filming. "It was a blast. It was an amazing experience. We were in the tropical rain forests of Hawaii stomping through the mud and getting rained on all day and then we ended up finishing in Austin, Texas. I really think this movie is going to be good. They had cut together a trailer while we were still working and it looked amazing. It's a great cast and along with the action elements and the sci-fi elements, and with Robert Rodriguez being involved, I think it's going to push it to another level." The official trailer for Predators was released on March 18, 2010.
On March 12, 2010, a behind the scenes video was released on the movie's official website.
Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI), who had previously provided special effects for Alien3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, were not employed for the creature designs in the film. Instead, Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero of KNB EFX were hired to build the creature suits. Berger, who worked with Stan Winston on the original Predator film, stated that the studio was reprising the original Winston design of the Predator in the film, saying, "We wanted to have the Predator look as it did in the original film. We went back and looked at the original... Everyone's going to be very happy that we've been very faithful to the Stan Winston designs."
The projected release date for the film is set at July 9, 2010 and will be in R-rated format.
It was announced on March 3, 2010 that Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal would reveal a "first look" at Predators at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 12 at 10:15pm. Rodriguez expressed his excitement about the event, saying, “My director Nimrod Antal and I are excited to bring this first look at Predators to Austin’s SXSW Film Festival, an event that’s become vital to the film making scene. Austin is my home and I’m proud that Predators was conceived and filmed here.” After the Predators film was released, IGN interviewed Robert Rodriguez about possibly making a sequel. Here is what he had to say.
"[The studio] said, 'Let's do some other ones. What other story ideas do you have?'" says the filmmaker. "Because it was like, let's test out the market with this one. They really wanted it to be pretty contained, pretty scaled-back. They didn't want to put too many of the ideas into it that we could save for a second one. So we could see what the appetite was, because the bigger movie would actually be what comes following that. That kind of sets up a new storyline, new location and world, and then you can really go crazy from there."
Rodriguez says he has "an idea" of what he will do with the sequel. The next step, he says, is probably to have other writers come in and pitch different versions of his basic premise, along with new concepts. And then, as with the first Predators, he'll pick the best one. As for whether or not he would direct the sequel…
A four issue tie-in Predators comic book by Dark Horse Comics was released on June 9 to promote the release of the film. The comic series served as a prequel to the events depicted in the film, containing two individual stories, and was followed by a single issue comic book adaptation and a single issue comic book sequel to the film, as well. These comics showed more backstory on the characters Royce, Noland and Isabelle than was depicted in the film. One of the prequel stories follows a team of Navy SEALs in the midst of a firefight when suddenly they awaken to find themselves in a new and more deadly environment being stalked by a strange enemy. One by one these special-ops officers are killed by the unseen threat, until only one man remains, encountering a human survivor on the game preserve planet. The other features the exploits of a human mercenary on dangerous assignments which garner the attention of watching Predators, who select him for transportation to the hunt on the game preserve.
Video game Edit
Downloadable games publisher Chillingo has secured a licensing agreement with Fox Digital Entertainment to publish the official Predators video game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad through Apple's App Store. The game was developed by independent game developer Angry Mob Games and will be available in time for the film’s theatrical release.
Advertising and marketingEdit
The film grossed roughly $127,200,000 at the box office compared to its $40,000,000 budget, making it a success. It is also the highest grossing Predator movie out of the trilogy (not counting the Alien vs. Predator cross-overs).
It currently has a 64% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- See: Predators goofs
- Predators (video game) — The video game based on the film.
- ↑ "Robert Rodriguez Wants Arnold Schwarzenegger In His New ‘Predators’". Moviesblog.mtv.com. Viacom (2009-07-30). Retrieved on 2009-12-24.
- ↑ "EXCLUSIVE: Robert Rodriguez Talks 'Predators' Comics And Creatures » Splashpage". mtv.com (2010-06-11). Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
- ↑ "WonderCon 2010: A Look Inside Robert Rodriguez's 'Predators' Tie-In Comic! » Bloody Disgusting". bloody-disgusting.com (2010-03-04). Retrieved on 2010-03-04.
- ↑ "CHILLINGO PARTNERS WITH FOX DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT TO BRING ‘PREDATORS’ TO THE APPLE APP STORE » Gammasutra". gamasutra.com (2010-05-28). Retrieved on 2010-05-29.
- ↑ A Trio of New 'Predators' Revealed in Action Figure Form