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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A little bit of flirting between two characters. Another character makes a comment about a woman's anatomy ("your ass is awesome").
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"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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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