Film of the Day: The Predator (2018)

The Predator
Shane Black takes on the classic sci-fi monster, with visual flare and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Photo: Fox

Writer/director Shane Black’s unrestrained reboot of the franchise defined by a ruthless extraterrestrial hunter whose name – Predator – says it all. Arnold Schwarzenegger battled it in 1987; now that privilege falls to Boyd Holbrook,Trevante Rhodes and Alfie Allen. 

This time out, then, the Predator is more efficient, scarier and more life threatening. And it’s landed on planet Earth. Its mission or, rather, its reason for being? Is it to sit around making hats out of rib cages? No, it’s to conquer space. But it’s happy to make clothing out of body parts if necessary.

Essentially, it’s the ultimate killing machine and all it really wants to do is kill. Quinn McKenna and his band of troops are considered unhinged enough to be of use in this situation so are dispatched by government agent Will Traegar (Sterling K. Brown) to tackle the problem. 

It’s not the only problem, though; Traegar says he’s in acquisitions. Does he really want this thing captured rather than killed?

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The Predator – Tuesday at 9pm on Film4

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