Shane Black’s “The Predator” has the trappings of a potentially good remake. Much of that comes not from the material itself, but the name attached. The hope is that Black’s deliriously dark humor and razor-sharp physical comedy will somewhat enliven the franchise. The teaser-trailer, which dropped this week, isn’t quite aligned with that hope.
See it for yourself by hitting the play button above. Along with the trailer, the film also dropped its key art (to the right).
The biggest quibble comes from its perceivably all-too-serious tone, kicking off with an Amblin-esque opener that has Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) discovering a mysterious alien tech. The trailer moves onward with some action, revealing bits of the extraterrestrial tormentor. The tone is sullen, dark, and simply opposite of what I imagine fans had hoped for.
With all that said, this is—of course—just a teaser-trailer. There’s hope that the next one will show much of the signature Black touch. The official synopsis of the film follows.
When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.
The film is directed by Shane Black (“The Bad Guys”, “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”), and written by Black and Fred Dekker (“Monster Squad”). It stars Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Yvonne Strahovski, Lochlyn Munro, and Sterling K. Brown.
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“The Predator” opens in Philippine theaters on September on September 12, 2018.