Predators script review reveals plot
The plot of Predators, Robert Rodriguez's sequel to Predator that he wrote after the first film as a writing assignment for the studio and which never saw the light of day until now, has been given away in the script review online.
The film is coming out next year and Rodriguez himself is getting to bring his script back to life and onto the big screen via the director Nimród Antal, and a chance at bringing back to life the Predator franchise. Can he do it? Well after reading the script review I'm definitely in two minds about it.
Here's the simple run down, and I don't believe there are any spoilers in here, it's just really the opening set-up.
The Predators have not only been coming to Earth on the hottest of summers and fighting the best of the best, they've also been tracking where they are and kidnapping them, taking them back to their home world, and dropping them into a huge game reserve they've created for one purpose, hunting.
There the Predators seem to find more enjoyment hunting the best prey, somewhere where they know all the territory, terrain, creatures, plant life, how to survive, etc. That surely doesn't sound as much of a challenge as going to a brand new planet where they would be the ones at a disadvantage hunting killers in their own environments. To me this is the first weak spot of the idea, especially when you hear that the script has them meeting the biggest, baddest Predator to date – wouldn't he prefer to be going against the biggest challenges of the universe? Wouldn't those involve fighting the creatures on their terms a la Predator?
Anyway, this new guy is picked up from Earth and dropped onto the reserve where he meets a group of other humans – and here's where I interject with my next point, in the entire universe the Predators are only concerned with humans? It would seem so since that's all we hear about them fighting.
The group is made up of eight fighters from all walks of life an nationalities, each one with a different weapon, race, and history. Nice and convenient. Sure Predator featured differing individuals with their own character traits and with some their own unique weaponry, but this seems like a nicely forced, politically correct, engage the entire world audience in one film.
It also reinforces the oddity that the Predators are only visiting Earth. With the ability to space travel they are only going to Earth and collecting people from different countries? Well maybe this year it's Earth, last year it was the Alien world.
Not so, as they are fighting and evading the Predators they find that there is a human on the planet who has been living right under the noses of the Predators, all nice and safe in a cave. Presumably plastering himself in mud and going out hunting every day then recycling all his waste so he's never found. He reveals to the group that the Predators have been dropping humans in here for years. Ah well, it is just Earth then.
Anyway, they team up and try to survive against the Predator, Predator hawks, Predator dogs...and here's another point for me to cut in, it sounds like Hollywood has said those two big words again, “bigger” and “more”. Do we really need Predator creatures galore? Well it is Predator's home world jungle, so I guess we do, and we need it to be “bigger” and “more” than the original.
There is a nice surprise in the script though, and if it makes it to the big screen it'll be great, Latino Review mention in their script review that Arnold Schwarzenegger will return in a cameo role. Perhaps his head on a trophy wall? Perhaps he too is in the jungle somewhere? Who knows, but it's a nice touch. A nice touch, but it won't win over everyone, remember Terminator Salvation (Filmstalker review) did the same.
Danny Trejo himself has been saying that he's in the film, and there's no doubt that he'll be playing the Mexican character, other than that there's no word on casting.
However the good news is that this isn't a demographic grabbing film, apparently it's going to be pretty bloody and violent, as it should be. Well we say that now but it's only at the scripting stage, who knows what the rewrites have done, how the director will film it, and how the editors and studio cuts will pare it back.
Still, it doesn't sound disastrous, just not as great and as such a franchise saving film as people are making it out to be.