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Predators (2010)

Alien-fighting sequel is heavy on sci-fi violence.
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  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.


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.


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


"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."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

What's the story?

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 the movie 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. 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

Theatrical release date:July 9, 2010
DVD/Streaming release date:October 19, 2010
Cast:Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace
Director:Nimrod Antal
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong creature violence and gore, and pervasive language

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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't want it to be scary, and I was lucky. This amazing film asks what would happen if you got two soldiers, two mercenaries, three criminals and a doctor and through them into a forest with three aliens. Its amazing. As CSM says, there is a bit of violence, tonnes of swearing, and some references to drugs and sex, but teens should be fine with it (they've heard it all before). Its a tale of teamwork, but also of survival and betrayal. Can't wait to see the original!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bydude12345 October 11, 2010


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 skull. Viewers will also see a man with his ribcage burst open, with all his guts showing, although he was killed 2 weeks before the events of the movie. There is a fair amount of cursing with lots of F-words. Now onto the actual movie. It had a very solid story and was the "true" Predator sequel we've been waiting for.It is about the Predators kidnapping the humans and dropping them onto the planet to hunt. Lawrence Fishburne did a very good performance as a crazy scavenger. ITS GUD
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
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