Film Review: Predators (2010)

Right, so I love action movies. One of my favourite films of all time is Skull Island, which to this day has one of the coolest/most badass moments in cinematic history: James Conrad wearing a gas mask while swinging a katana. The Peter Jackson King Kong was great, too. But somehow I hadn’t actually seen the 2010 Predators until this morning. (I’ve very behind on films, it seems.)

The film follows a group of convicts, mercenaries and otherwise dangerous dudes who are dropped onto a distant planet seemingly at random. (There’s only one woman, Isabelle, played by Alice Braga, in the entire movie, which bugged me a little, but other than that, the casting was brilliant!) You have Adrien Brody, Walton Goggins and Laurence Fishburne, who are three of my favourite actors in general, so seeing them all in a film together is awesome.

The group quickly learn that they’re not alone on the planet and they realise that they’re being hunted by the Predators. It becomes a deadly game of chase as the group try to find a way off the planet and back to Earth while trying to evade the Predators tracking them down. The main character of Royce, played by Adrien Brody, is someone you can root for. He just wants to get home and looks after Isabelle, and the pair are awesome together.

It’s really violent and scary, for sure, but it was a good addition to the universe and there’s talk of a direct sequel, which I would totally watch!

Has anyone seen this? Or any of the other films in the Predator universe?

Film Review: Tomb Raider (2018)

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love the Tomb Raider remake. I adored the Angelina Jolie ones back in the day and was quite attached to them, but I think the new version is probably my favourite. And Alicia Vikander is such perfect casting!

The film reboots the franchise and follows Lara who has spent years refusing to believe her missing father, played by Dominic West, to be dead. She works as a bike courier and has no interest in taking over his estate, but she’s finally convinced to return to her childhood home and, in her father’s would-be tomb, she finds his old files. Her father’s left her a message instructing her to destroy his research, but instead she delves deeper into the mystery of his disappearance. She follows his research to Hong Kong and seeks out the son of a man who helped her father, Lu Ren, played by Daniel Wu. Lu Ren’s father also went missing and he agrees to help her.

The pair take a boat to distant island called Yamatai. There they encounter Mathias Vogel, who’s following the same clues as Lara’s father, hoping to find the long lost tomb of Himiko. Vogel is funded by a secret organisation who are holding him hostage, and in turn he takes Lara and Lu Ren hostage. Managing to escape, Lara finds herself in one dangerous situation after another, and unearths the secrets she’s been seeking her whole life.

Lara and Lu Ren were definitely my favourites, but I loved Vogel’s casting. He’s a good villain, and Walton Goggins plays him perfectly. WALTON GOGGINS FOR ALL THE ROLES ALWAYS. (Seriously, he’s brilliant.) Dominic West is great, too. Kristin Scott Thomas also has a background role! The casting for this film is just perfect.

My favourite things other than the casting: the action scenes are so badass (!!!); the lack of a stupid romance that makes no sense; the scenery and camera work are brilliant; and the backstory and legends and clue-hunting. As a child raised on Indiana Jones, this is just fantastic! Watching it feels very immersive and honestly so much like a video game, but in a really good way. It’s edge-of-your-seat intensity from start to finish and I can’t wait for the sequel, which I think is coming out next year. Can’t wait!

Recommended for fans of Indiana Jones, for sure, but also just general action lovers. Alicia Vikander is wonderful from start to finish!

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