The Predator Review – Spoiler Free
The Predator is a film which comes directed by Shane Black who some may know as the director of Iron Man 3 (2013) or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). The film stars Olivia Munn, Yvonne Strahovski, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Sterling K. Brown, and Alfie Allen. The Predator is the newest film in the Predator franchise which originally started back in 1987. The Predator is an action, adventure and horror film which is about a dangerous and lethal alien that comes to Earth looking for some lost property.
Before going in to see The Predator at the cinema last week, I found myself quite excited about what I might be in for. I’ve been a big fan of the original Predator film for a long time and have always enjoyed the franchise, even though we all know that some films in there weren’t that great. So going in to see this, I was optimistic that I was in for some fun. What I was expecting from this film, was the same thing I was expecting in similar monster movies this year such as Jurassic World or The Meg. I wanted to see people get eaten, sliced up or tossed around in the most gruesome way possible. I’m happy to say that coming out of this film at the cinema, I got exactly what I wanted and more. The Predator is one of the most gruesome and over the top violent action films of 2018.
So most would likely be going in to see this film for the action sequences. Does The Predator deliver on these? I think in many ways it does deliver on action. While it does take quite a bit to get going, as after the initial action sequence it’s quite a few minutes before something happens again. But once it gets going, things really start to explode or get ripped apart. There are people cut in half, blown up, sliced, stabbed, thrown about and bitten. It’s all great stuff. The thing that Shane Black did well in The Predator was that the tone of the film never went to the side of being too serious. Even though you’re watching gruesome and gory things on screen, it’s entertaining and fun to see. It’s a strength of the film that it was able to do that on screen.
But while the tone being not so serious to counter the action and gore side of the film is a strength. In some ways this comedic tone to the characters is somewhat of a weakness when it comes to the plot. When looking at the characters in this film and the way they developed, their journeys and even how things concluded, it’s all mostly one big joke. Either you’ll like the humour in this film as I did, or be completely offended as some of it isn’t really politically correct compared to other action films humour in 2018.
The actors are all quite fun. I always enjoy watching Olivia Munn whether she’s on TV in The Newsroom or in some of her recent film performances. In The Predator she does well and I’m hoping we get to see her in more action films in the future. I also really enjoyed Boyd Holbrook in this one who had a difficult physical role to play and I think a difficult character to pull off in the right way for this type of film experience. But every actor in the film came across as entertaining and I have no issue with anyone.
Overall if you’re wondering if you should see The Predator at the cinema this weekend because you want to see an action film and want a bit of gore too. Then this film is the one for you this weekend. Both Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook are the standouts in this film and both deliver entertaining performances. I am hoping to see more from them at the cinema in the future. Where the film has some weaknesses is in the plot and the character development, but who really expects that to be good in a film like this? The humour may be great for some, but not for others. I feel that the film is either one that you might either really like or really hate. But I have to say that I had quite a bit of fun with this film last week and had a great night. That’s not to say I’ll watch it over and over when it’s on home release, but for a one night action slasher, it’s worth seeing on the big screen.
Need For Speed Heat Australian Release Date
The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”
What is Need For Speed Heat about?
Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.
Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.
Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.
The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.
Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.
The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.
Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.
Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.
Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?
Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!
Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.
The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.
As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.
The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.
The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.
Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!
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