In this installment of the Predators franchise, Adrien Brody wakes up in freefall to find he’s connected to a parachute. He struggles and opens the chute in the nick of time, landing safely. He soon finds he’s not alone as others sharing the same fate start to land nearby. Soon, they all find that they’ve been teleported to another planet to act as game for the hunters that await…

Cool premise, eh? I thought so. Robert Rodriquez directs and breathes some much needed life back into the franchise after the last film in the AVP series (it was called AVP-Requiem; blech… if you didn’t see it, you didn’t miss much). Here, we get back to the basics of the hunters hunting, only this time they have an array of skilled prey to contend with: a mercenary with a machine-shotgun, a member of the Yakuza, a Russian soldier, military personnel, a member of the Sierre Lione militia (Danny Trejo) and a doctor for good measure.

The writing is well done with the character’s actions and dialog well matched and kept interesting throughout. You wonder how they’re going to navigate staying alive from one moment to the next and how the hell are they going to get home? Are they at all? Good stuff.

The acting is well done with solid performances all around. Brody’s mercenary quiet-cool bad-ass is done quite well. Alice Braga puts in a tight performance as the sniper and Topher Grace is fun but not annoying as the doctor, he gets particularly interesting towards the end. Laurence Fishburne is in here as well as the bat-shit crazy guy who’s survived on the planet waaaaay too long.

If you’re a fan of the Predator movies, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.

reviewed by Sean McKnight