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TIFF Review: ‘The Predator’

September 14, 2018Ben MK

The fourth entry in the film franchise first made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987, Shane Black's The Predator delivers a satisfying combination of cheeky fan service, violent action and bloody gore that does the series proud.

Opening with a sequence reminiscent of the first frames of the original — only this time seen from the point of view from inside the Predator spaceship — the movie follows Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook), an elite army sniper framed for the deaths of the other two members of his unit, who were slaughtered when the Predator crash landed on Earth. Now Quinn must team up with scientist Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) and a ragtag group of disgraced ex-military (Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Keegan Michael-Key, Alfie Allen and Augusto Aguilera), as they race to prevent Quinn's son, Rory (Jacob Tremblay), from becoming the Predator's next prey.

Eschewing the entrapments of both a blockbuster sequel and a franchise reboot, the result succeeds by staying true to the series' roots, yet also adding enough new elements to the story to keep things fresh. Neither a radical departure from formula nor a complete retread, The Predator is just fantastic fun for fans of cinema's deadliest alien hunter.

The Predator makes its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 47 min.

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