Last week, preview footage of PREDATORS was released after premiering at the SXSW Film Festival. It was quite a treat.
A trailer for the film also premiered at the festival and was released on Thursday. Everything I'd heard about the film supplemented by the sneak peak made my expectations for the trailer very high. It did not disappoint.
When Robert Rodriguez first started talking about this film, he expressed that he wanted it to be a more fitting sequel to the original film than PREDATOR 2. I get that from these trailers. There's something very ALIENS about it. It's a group of badasses fighting an unstoppable population of alien hunters on an unfamiliar turf, The plot is very similar, but the trailer itself seems throwback. The beeping/scanning noise that plays over most of the preview with no music, just dialogue, really paints the film as something tense and serious. These predators are something to be feared, which is something they've lost in the AVP movies because they had to play the inevitable lesser of two evils. Instead of targeting humans, they were primarily after aliens. Here, they appear to have returned to true form as horrific antagonists.
I'm just mildly disappointed that Topher Grace wasn't featured in the trailer as his character sounds pretty interesting. The decision to cast him and Adrien Brody was met with some ridicule when it was made last year, but I saw great potential in it. Are these types of movies really better when they feature the most muscular actors? I don't think so. I believe Brody and Grace possess the talent to put on some interesting performances, which would obviously increase the overall quality of the film.
The film also stars Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, and Alice Braga. PREDATORS was produced by Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY, DESPERADO) and Directed by Nimrod Antal (ARMORED, KONTROLL). It comes to theaters July 7th.