Today we had another movie marathon. We started the marathon out with Predators. I should probably preface this by saying I actually liked Alien vs. Predator in a bad B movie kind of way. Predators starts out with a pretty cool premise. People are randomly plucked off Earth and dropped onto an alien planet so that they may be hunted by the predators. We find out fairly quickly that the selection wasn’t quite as random as it appears. The people selected are ‘predators’ in their own right (ie gangsters, criminals, special ops, mercenaries, African death squad members, etc.). You get the picture. On this alien planet, there are two types of predators, big predators and little predators. The big predators hunt humans and little predators alike. There are also alien dogs. Think Pandora cat, but in dog form. So far, so good. This is unfortunately where the movie starts to fall apart. Instead of creating some interesting new ways to hunt the Predators or evade them, the writer/director decided to recreate several scenes from the original Predator movie right down to the character who stays behind to face the Predator with his shirt off and knife drawn (this time he’s Japanese, not Indian). Sigh, head hits seat in front of me. This is followed by skulls and spines being ripped out, the guy with the chain gun being shot right before the rest of the group opens fire on the jungle, tumbling off a hill pass a waterfall, mud covering the body to fight the Predator, etc. Basically, if you want to know how the new Predator movie is–watch the old one. :/
We took a break for lunch, then returned an hour or so later to see The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. I didn’t have super high hopes for the movie, but it turned out to be a pleasant escape. It doesn’t introduce anything new to movie making, but it is fun and action-packed. The magic flies freely and it doesn’t always work the way the sorcerers want it to, which I found refreshing. The basic premise is that Merlin was betrayed a thousand years ago. Before he dies, he tells Nic Cage to find his heir so that he/she can battle Morgana Le Fay. Once that occurs, the adventure begins. There’s nothing deep about the storytelling, but it’s definitely a popcorn flick. We’d gladly watch it again.
If I had to rank this weekend’s movies, I’d say Inception comes in first place (by a universe), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice would be second, Despicable Me third, and Predators fourth.