Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"The Predator" Takes a Kid And Goes Black

The Predator
Remember the movie "The Predator" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Shane Black in 1987? Well, Black decided to give the movie a good reboot, but it appears to have missed some major story lines.

Everyone old enough to remember won't have problem how titular extraterrestrial creature will look like, but the cast is another matter. Last 20 February, filmmaker Black posted on twitter a photograph of himself with actors Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, and Keegan Michael-Key. The cast members looked dressed — and in some cases armed — for business, which is just as well given that Black also confirmed the film started shooting the day after.

"Partial cast ... beautiful human beings, good people," Black tweeted. "Also, killers. Cameras roll today. Follow me on Twitter for updates. Wish us luck."

Well, he may need a lot of luck after fans of the movie noticed some intriguing issue. For example, the all alpha male squad of elite soldiers were replaced by an almost black ensemble, a woman and a child. Is this a family movie? Why was there even a child there?

Nobody is a fan of a child in a violent movie where everyone knows already that he will definitely be alive after all the shooting, hacking, punching and skinning is done. Anybody wants to bet a US$ 100 that the kid survive the mayhem?

And if the producers do decide to buck the trend and the kid dies, this is the wrong franchise for that. Predators are sportsmen looking for difficult hunts ... something that could fight back. Something trophy worthy. So killing a kid wouldn't feel true to the character, right?

If the original plot is adopted, how does a 11-year old white boy fit into it? Maybe he was parasailing with his step-dad and was stranded? Will there be a T-Rex in this movie as well?

Black should know better because he was in the first movie. This is another example of another plot that was perfect the way it was. Can this lazy coddled generation put out anything original?

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