Predators (2010)

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Alien-fighting sequel is heavy on sci-fi violence.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 106 minutes
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Ultimately, the movie's story brings together the worst of humanity and puts them in a violent hunting situation. Even though it also addresses the question of what it means to be "alive" versus what it means to be "human," even that issue is muddled -- It's possible for the characters to stay alive by doing terrible things, so where do you draw the line? That said, some of the characters do learn to survive by relying on one another, working together, and empathizing with one another.

Positive Role Models & Representations

None of the characters here are clear-cut positive role models -- they're painted as the worst of humanity. But Isabelle does help bring the stranded humans together, bridging relationships between the other characters. She also shows more empathy than her colleagues, but doesn't let it become a weakness; she's as tough as any of them.

Violence

Basically one long battle, the movie is heavy on fantasy violence, with lots of guns and ammo, ranging from pistols to huge, rapid-fire automatic weapons. Some characters also carry and use knives. Characters are shot, with spattering blood. The predators are beheaded, with lots of (green) blood and gore. Alien "dogs" are shot and killed. Scary moments include things jumping out from the shadows. One male character talks about raping women.

Sex

A little bit of flirting between two characters. Another character makes a comment about a woman's anatomy ("your ass is awesome").

Language

"F--k" is used around three dozen times, in several permutations. "S--t" is used less often but also several times. Other words include "God" (as an exclamation), "ass," "t-ts," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," and "bitch."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No onscreen drugs, but one character talks about how he wants to "do so much cocaine" when he gets home.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like its predecessors (including 1987's Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger), Predators is a very violent sci-fi action movie. The alien creatures are deadly hunters, and the human fighters who are forced to deal with them are killers and mercenaries in their own right. Expect lots of fantasy violence, including guns, knives, fighting, blood, and gore. Humans and aliens are shot and killed, and there are scary moments when unseen things leap out from the shadows. There's lots of strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t," and in one scene, a character briefly speaks of "doing cocaine" and "raping some bitches" when he gets home.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydarthsitkur August 20, 2012

the first two were better

the first two predator movies were a lot better, predator 2 is the best one
Adult Written byDerrickC81 July 9, 2010

B+

I had low expectations going in. Came out satisfied.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMavrah333 December 28, 2014

Sci-Fi Action Adventure for Teens and Adults

The predator series has always been about horror, until now. With each film seemingly getting less scary (not that I've seen them) we get Predators. I didn... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydude12345 October 11, 2010

PREDATORS

This was a really good movie, but was VERY heavy on violence. You see a man's spine ripped out of his body, and later a close-up of his bloody spine and sk... Continue reading

What's the story?

In PREDATORS, a mercenary named Royce (Adrien Brody) wakes up while falling through the sky. He crash lands in a weird jungle and finds seven others in the same situation -- including Isabelle (Alice Braga), Edwin (Topher Grace), and Cuchillo (Danny Trejo) -- all fighters, killers, and warriors from different parts of the world. They soon discover that they're actually on an alien world and that a race of deadly hunters -- capable of cloaking themselves and reading heat signatures -- is lurking nearby. With Royce at the lead, the eight humans must learn to adapt and work together if they hope to survive and possibly find a way back home.

Is it any good?

Almost totally abandoning any storylines from the not very good Predator predecessors, this movie is admirably stripped-down and simplified. Director Nimrod Antal and producer Robert Rodriguez keep the pace nimble, using the jungle setting for maximum atmosphere. Even the rest breaks between attacks contain a tingly sense of dread.

The script, on the other hand, never goes very deep. For example, one character is seen removing his expensive shoes (to avoid getting them muddy), and nothing ever comes of it. And the idea of two different races of predators isn't used very interestingly, either. Nor does Predators do anything interesting with the wild card character, the doctor played by Grace. Still, it's easy to forgive this lapse of imagination while enjoying the movie's well-engineered action and mood.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Predators. What impact does it have? Is it thrilling and exciting, or disturbing? Why?

  • Was the movie scary? Why or why not?

  • How does this movie compare to others in the Predator franchise? What does it have in common with them? What sets it apart?

  • What's the difference between being "alive" and being "human"?

Movie details

For kids who love thrills

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