Watching Shane Black’s “The Predator” is a distinctly odd experience. It’s got a simple, straightforward story, but every step of the way it seems like the movie wants to be as needlessly complicated as possible: The editing is choppy to the point of confusion, the screenplay is negligible, there’s an over-abundance of characters and yet just about no characterization, and the movie just stumbles from one scene to the next with no apparent purpose. It’s frustrating because the special effects are solid and some of the movie’s ideas are intriguing, but it seems like Black has no clue what to do with them and instead assembles a completed movie based on half-realized ideas that don’t come together. Along the way he wastes a talented cast who all seem to be acting in separate movies altogether, especially lead Boyd Holbrook, whose performance here is just atrocious. It’s a completely wasted opportunity that should have been re-edited before being released.
Rating: ★★ (out of 5)