On reflection, “Guys on a Mission vs Alien Killing Machine” is basically the Predator raison d’etre, but the upcoming softish reboot The Predator, co-written and directed by one Shane “Hawkins” Black, is definitely leaning into Robert Aldrich’s WWII masterpiece more than a little, seeing as the guys on this particular mission are a busload of military prisoners and assorted fruit loops, led by Boyd Holbrook’s special forces trooper, himself being sent to the nuthatch because he says he saw an alien (spoiler alert: he totally did, and it’s gunning for all and sundry).
Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, and Yvonne Strahovski co-star in this latest iteration of the ’87 Arnie classic. The setting this time out is not the steaming jungles of Central America or the crime-ridden streets of near-future Los Angeles (remember when 1997 was the near future?) but American suburbia. That rattle a few cages, especially when the first trailer was rather coolly received. Still, Shane Black has earned our faith: he directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys, and he wrote Lethal Weapon and The Long Kiss Goodnight. What have you done? Bitched about a trailer, that’s what.
El Cazador Trofeo de los Hombres hits cinemas on September 13.