This week's must-see DVD/BD, and why we're lovin' it.
Who? Directed by Nimród Antal and starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne and Danny Trejo
Why? The original Predator introduced moviegoers to a scary reptilian alien hunter armed with a cloaking device and sophisticated weapons that made mincemeat out of commando Dutch's (Arnold Schwarzenegger) team in 1987. Predators 2 and two dubious Alien Vs. Predator crossover films followed, so you can thank producer Robert Rodriguez for getting the series back to its roots with this kick-ass sequel.
The film opens with an unconscious Royce (Adrien Brody) plummeting towards the ground in free fall before his chute deploys and he is abruptly welcomed to the jungle. There he finds other skydivers who woke up in the same situation and who all have one thing in common: they are professional killers.
The parachute posse soon realizes that they are being hunted by an unknown species after encountering a Predator captured in a camp, and Israel Defense Forces snipe Isabelle (Alice Braga) recognizes the creature from a report she read after Dutch's debriefing and tells the survivors what little she knows about the brutal hunters. Laurence Fishburne, who plays an air-assault soldier who has survived on the planet for years as a scavenger, fills in the blanks about a blood feud between the Predators we've seen in movies thus far and a larger, even more menacing breed of Predators. Armed with the knowledge of the Predators' heat-tracking abilities, a ripped Royce gets muddy to disguise his heat signature and finds himself in the middle of a Predator vs. Predator battle for supremacy.
If you're thinking to yourself that Brody is no Schwarzenegger in terms of brawn, that's just one of the many surprises in this best sequel yet to Predator
. Topher Grace, who plays a doctor with a hidden agenda, excels at playing slippery characters, and Braga is becoming cinema's go-to tough gal when Michelle Rodriguez isn't around. What we really appreciate, however, is a return to the jungle setting, R-rated violence, some cool-looking new Predators and actual locations instead of a CG world. Here is to hoping Brody and Braga return for another round of "How to Catch a Predator."
What Else? Both the DVD and Blu-ray have commentary, Motion Comics and “De-Cloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain.” Exclusive to the Blu-ray are more Motion Comics, “Predators as Prey,” “The Chosen,” “Yuatja Transformed,” “Rite of Passage,” nine deleted and extended scenes, a Fox Movie Channel special, “Bloodline” and “Intelligent Design: The Hunting Camp.”