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?