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|Original title:||The Predator|
|Genre:||Action, Adventure, Fantasy|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 107 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Sniper Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) barely believes his eyes when a spaceship crashes next to him in the middle of a job. A creature emerges from him that brutally wipes out McKenna's entire team. On his escape, the elite soldier manages to take some of the alien's equipment, which he sends to his private mailbox, before being picked up by the government. As the only survivor and thus the only witness, he is a thorn in the side of the secret service. With a group of prisoners he is to be taken to a military prison and thus muzzled. But when the alien, a predator, escapes the clutches of the military and sets off in search of his equipment, McKenna fears that his ex-wife Emily (Yvonne Strahovski) and his son Rory (Jacob Tremblay) might be in danger. With the rest of the prisoners he manages to escape and together the unusual troop sets off on the hunt for the Predator - not knowing that there is already a much greater danger on the way to Earth…
To be able to classify it better, I would like to say here first of all that I appreciate the first "Predator" film to this day very much. Part 2 is often criticized, but I still like it despite - or maybe even because of - its weaknesses. Fortunately I have deleted the two "Alien vs. Predator" masterpieces from my memory again. And I found Robert Rodriguez's "Predator" rather disappointing after a successful start. So, and now I should also say that I think Shane Black is really great both as a scriptwriter and as a director. I like his way of mixing action and comedy and creating characters that are absolutely adorable with all their weaknesses...
From all that I strongly expected "Predator: Upgrade" to be a big movie for me. I'm afraid that's not the case. I was well entertained. And in some typical Shane Black moments even very good. Yet, despite all his strengths, which he was able to bring out again, Black couldn't prevent the story of the movie from getting totally out of control at some point. You can tell from the movie that some things were shot, that other plot elements had to be dropped for that to happen. At some point the whole thing just doesn't make sense anymore and you get the impression that at some point the makers didn't even try to create a coherent overall picture from the individual set pieces.
"Predator: Upgrade" - hat off again for this German title - tries to be too many films in one. And that's how the work fails at the end. After all, if the whole thing works, it's really good. Just talking about why the extraterrestrial hunter is wrongly called a predator is worth its weight in gold. And some action sequences are really well staged. But the worthy successor, whom fans have been waiting for for almost thirty years now, this film has not become either. After all: Shane Black shows some very successful approaches, on which success could be built. And who knows, maybe he or another filmmaker will actually manage to deliver another well done "Predator" movie. Until then, despite its weaknesses, Predator: Upgrade is not the worst way to reduce waiting time. All in all for fans of this franchise: Worth seeing! ]
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