When it comes to subtle sequel titles, Aliens has to be one of the smartest of the last 25 years. In 1987, cult magazine Starlog ran a cartoon which depicted a couple of fans hypothesising that a sequel to that Arnie classic would be called Predators.
Well it made sense, but following Danny Glover’s hit and miss Predator 2 in 1990, the franchise seemed to stall until 2004’s Aliens Vs Predator.
The success of comics and video games had kept the crab-faced alien saga alive, and even the poisonous, morally bankrupt Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem a few years later failed to bury it.
So now we have Predators. A real film not just a gag, which boasts Robert Rodriguez as producer and the brilliant Nimrod Antal as director.
Who he? You may ask? Well he’s the man responsible for brilliant Kate Beckinsale/Luke Wilson thriller Vacancy. He worked wonders with a tiny budget and cranked the tension dial up to 11.
This new movie takes place on an alien planet and sees cold blooded killers tackling the savage ETs. It also boasts such acting heavyweights as Laurence Fisburne and Adrien Brody.
Inevitably there’s lots of creeping around and macho heroics before the eponymous beats hosts their lasers on their quarry.
Is it any good? Well that depends on your love of the saga, but compared to Predator 2 and AVPR, this looks like a masterpiece.
Leave your brain in neutral and enjoy; it’s literally out of this world.