So time for another "Is it worth it" JD movie review, because I love entertaining myself.
I have to clarify again that if I pay my money because you intrigued me into the theater, in this case to hit RENT on my DVR, then I will pretty much go along with what you have for a storyline unless it is so far out in left field, or you betray your writing by trying to make a BS story make sense suddenly ( M. Night ShamamalalaHACK ) at which case the gloves are off.
I loved the first Predator movie, and while a lot of folks didn't dig on AVP: Predator vs. Aliens, I enjoyed it for what it was.
This movie is going to be placed second in my opinion of the four Predator movies. I enjoyed it and thought the writing held up.
Robert Rodriguez penned the storyline with several quick/quirky nods and some out right two fingers pointing right at, the original Predator. In that aspect, it is quite entertaining if you are fan of the original Predator because it's like you are in on the joke. My woman, who has never seen Predator, didn't have a clue as to what was going on and sat humbly by while I was enjoying the epic yarn.
Story line is a group of humans wake up in freefall heading for a rich, lush, dense jungle ( which looks great in HD by the way ) and pop chutes to land and "discover" each other. Some are well armed ( and the weaponry is cool in this one, I am giving that a solid 8 out of 10 ) some are hardly armed at all, but their gear all plays into their backstories, which for a change are pretty decent.
The weapons are pretty cool. Adrian Brody got all juiced up for this role. I never liked the guy, but he does a good job. He's packing a modified AA-10 shotgun ( months before The Expendables rocked it ). Oleg Taktarov, former UFC fighter and Sambo champ, is running with Jessie Ventura's battery driven huey door gun and the "sniper" is running a Blaser R93 stick with some stupid looking heavy night/thermal scope.
Without giving too much away, there is a war of attrition between the humans and the multiple Predators, and their minions, who are in charge of what turns out to be a Predator's Hunting Reserve. They bring in "game'' and then they hunt and kill it. Old idea, but a nice new spin on this one I won't spoil for you.
There are some cool Vietnam era throw back boobytraps for some fun and there is some high tech stuff to keep the game interesting.
This movie wouldn't make my top 20 DVD's I would take to Solitary to keep me sane, but it was a great flick to watch from the couch for $4.99 when it was miserable and raining sideways outside.
All in all, I would give this about a 6.5 or 7 out of 10 if you don't go in with some expectations to see the greatest sci-fi flick ever...