I don't remember much from the original Predator at this point but the new one wasn't bad! No matter what people say about it. It might not have been as great as the first one, but it's not a remake either, more so an 'inventive sequel', so there's no need to actually have a stand-off between the two. I liked the grindhouse vibe it had to it, and the bad-ass team, but maybe not so much the suicidal elements. Those are just sad. Man.
The plot in this one? A predator lands on Earth again, people discover him, again, and from there on out the intrigue thickens, a bit...
It's all about natural evolution in this one. The best aren't necessarily the buffest, but rather the ones with brains, and Jacob Tremblay has plenty of the latter. Promising acting skills too. It's a basic but working premise.
As for the rest of the cast: Olivia Munn is getting some bad-ass roles lately, Boyd Holbrook reminds me of that guy in Gymkata, and Keegan-Michael Key... a comedian in a movie like this...? OK. It works. They're all looneys, and he's the funny way so that's OK. They're a good team.
If you start analyzing the details too much I feel like I might end up being disappointed, so I won't. I enjoyed it for what it was, and that was: a good dose of action, and a blast from the past.
I am looking forward to a sequel too. In this age of very fake-looking action blockbusters this one felt appreciatively authentic. Over the top or no. Good watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle