'Predators' trailer: Mind over muscle?

The first thing you notice in the trailer for Predators is the lack of muscle. The original Reagan-era film boasted Arnold Schwartzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura at the height of their buffness. Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming reboot stars Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, and Topher Grace. “You can’t compete with Arnold,” says producer/cowriter Robert Rodriguez, “so it’s much better to go the other direction and do something the audience isn’t expecting.”

Maybe. We’ll see. What I do like about the new film is how they’ve put our heroes in enemy territory, on a hostile planet rather than Earth. “This planet is a game reserve,” says Brody’s character. “And we’re the game.” It’s almost like some Predator and Alien DNA got mixed up during the two crossover hybrids of the two franchises.

But the trailer delivers one important quality all of the sequels lacked: chills. Does the Predator rattle still make the hairs on your arm stand up?

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  • Janitor

    It’s Carl Weathers, not ‘Weather’. Plus, the man could get a stew goin’

    • Tom Brazelton

      Well, it’s all in the hips… It’s all in the hips…


        This movie will be great so long as everyone greets each other like this:

    • Anthony

      HAHAHAHA I had completely forgotten about his appearances on Arrested Development. Now that I think about it, I’m gonna go watch a few eps right now.

      • Madd

        “Now I wanted to meet you here at BURGER KING”

  • Ryan

    I don’t think it is hard to compete with the first two, especially the Alien vs. Predator movies.

    I think you can compete with Arnold, in a different way with better acting…

  • Noon

    If this movie is only 10% as good as the trailer I’m going to lose my mind. I’m more excited about this flick than Ironman 2.

  • RyanK

    If this movie is 200% as good as the AvP movies then it will still be bad. But as an avid fan of the original Predator movies, as well as Robert Rodriguez, here’s hoping this is as sweet as the trailer makes it look.

  • Monty

    I am really excited to see what a good filmmaker like RR can bring to this franchise. The last two depended far too much on the brand name and not enough on copetant writers, actors, and directors (sorry Lance Hendrickson, we liked your cameo, but AVP stunk).

    Here’s hoping he can bring new life to a dying franchise.

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  • Phe

    I am excited!!! My 15 year old male alter ego can’t wait to sneak into this one!!

  • ks

    I hope it is good, my husband is a huge fan. No matter what we will be watching it. (I’m rooting for the Predator!)

  • Charles

    What is great about this trailer to me is that it doesn’t give too much away, just shows you the set-up and the vibe. Too many trailers make you feel like you’ve already seen the entire movie in 2 or 3 minutes. On a different note, I did really enjoy Predator 2, the AvP movies? Not so much.

  • colin

    No lie, I got goosebumps. Especially at the laser-sight shot on Adrien Brody. Awesome.

    • Jam

      Trejo could be the muscle to carry a sequel but I have a feeling he gets waxed and that title will go to Brody

  • Jam

    3 words, DANNY EFFIN TREJO!!!!!! MACHETE! This is gonna be fantastic.

    • ks

      HE ROCKS!!

      • Jam

        you know it

  • tresorparis

    Thanks for interesting blog post. You guys are always provide information that it makes it impossible not to want to buy your next product ;I caní»t wait to see what you guys come up with based on all your research and data that you gather.

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