Six things to know about ‘Predators’
Thursday 08 July 2010
Predators opens in North America and a dozen countries this weekend, including the UK and Europe, Japan, Russia, and Australia.
As a throwback to the original Predator in 1987 and Predator 2 in 1990, producer Robert Rodriguez refers to his Predators as a sequel - not a reboot or remake of the first films in the franchise. Also billed as the visual effects supervisor, Rodriguez states his version does not reference the 2000's Alien vs. Predator films.
The story was first written by Rodriguez in 1994 but shelved because it was considered too costly. It centers on a group of elite warriors hunted by aliens again. But instead of Earth, the Predators take humans to another planet.
Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, The Darjeeling Limited) plays Royce, a mercenary loner, who must lead the group to survive. "You can't compete with Arnold Schwarzenegger," says Rodriquez about going in a different direction for the lead actor. "It's much better to do something the audience isn't expecting." The original "classic" Predator will make an appearance for the first time since 1987 played by Derek Mears ( Friday the 13th's monster Jason Voorhees).
There are new bigger and deadlier breeds in this movie - the Berserker Super Predators aka Mr. Black, Tracker and Falconer portrayed by Brian Steele and Carey Jones. Also, expanding the mythology is an alien Ram Runner and Hunting Dogs. Still endowed with a cloaking ability, they wear distinguishing masks and specific weapons, such as the Plasma Caster.
The cast, who each carry a different weapon, includes Laurence Fishburne ( The Matrix) as Noland, a soldier found surviving on the planet; Topher Grace ( Spider-Man 3) plays Edwin, a mild-mannered doctor with a mysterious past; Alice Braga ( I Am Legend) as Isabelle, an ex-CIA Black Op and former sniper in the Israeli Defense Force; Walton Goggins ( The Shield) plays a serial killer and ex-con. Filling out the ensemble is a drug gang enforcer, Russian Special Forces soldier, African warlord, and Yakuza killer.
Director Nimrod Antal is a fan of the original Predator films and wanted to make fans happy as well as take the film to a new level. He directed Armored with Matt Dillon, Jean Reno and Laurence Fishburne, Vacancy starring Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale, and Control ( Kontroll), which won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Born in Los Angeles, he moved to Hungary and studied at the prestigious Hungarian Academy of Drama and Film.
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