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The Predator 4K UHD Review

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The Predator franchise sinks to a new low.

A Predator, a crashed ship, a rag-tag group of military prisoners, missing Predator armor, an autistic child, a Super Predator, a biologist, and a villainous Government agent. Add everything together and you have 2018’s “The Predator.” How does it all play together though? You’ll just have to see for yourself.

Writer/director Shane Black directing a new installment of the Predator franchise should have been cause for celebration, but it didn’t turn out the way with “The Predator.” The movie, which is written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, is a misfire from the get-go and the script is entirely to blame here. From monumentally stupid plot elements like Quinn endangering his son to the severe lack of characterization (most everyone is basically Predator fodder here), Black and Dekker squander an opportunity to make a worthy follow-up to the original 1987 sci-fi-action classic. Instead, they create laughable new mythology (that cartoony ending is ridiculous), lame one-liners, and focus far too much on violent action set pieces. Admittedly, however, the ferocity of the Predators on screen is the film’s only real pleasure.

Going back to the cast, most of them don’t make much of an impression because they have so little to work with. Olivia Munn is woefully miscast as Dr. Casey Bracket, Boyd Holbrook is passable, Sterling K. Brown is saddled with a cliched Government baddie character, and Jacob Tremblay and Keegan-Michael Key are solid. The real scene-stealer here is Thomas Jane who seems to be having a blast here. It’s nice to see him in a big movie again.

I do have to give credit to composer Henry Jackman who crafts an original score while paying homage to Alan Silvestri’s classic original.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 2160p. How does it look? A super crisp transfer that takes full advantage of the format.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? This Atmos track delivers the goods especially in the explosive action department.

Extras:
* Digital copy.
* Blu-ray copy
* Fox trailers and “The Predator” trailers.
* 4 deleted scenes
* “A Touch Of Black”- A featurette about Shane Black taking on “The Predator” (along with his past work in the original film) and the mythology of this new film.
* “Predator Evolution”- A 20 minute look at the different types of Predator designs in the series with an emphasis on the new incarnations.
* “The Takedown Team”- A featurette on the cast of characters.
* “Predator Catch-Up”- A handy rundown of events in the first 3 films.
* Still gallery

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December 18, 2018 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , ,

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