It is certainly not the most memorable summer for well received movies, as we have all come to know, grumble about and lose sleep over. Maybe we were spoiled with 2008’s dark knights, robots and iron clad heroes and 2009’s alien invasion and balloon flying escapades. So far there have been a few highlights, even if there have been even more dim ones plaguing our expectations and hopes for the summer movie culture. Check out how CyniCritics rated and reviewed some of the top movies released this summer and how our score compares with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.
Predators Directed by: Nimród Antal Written by: Alex Litvak & Michael Finch (screenplay) Starring: Adrian Brody, Alice Braga, Topher Grace, and Laurence Fishburne
If someone had told me at the beginning of the year that Adrian Brody would be the sci-fi star of 2010, I would’ve either chuckled or responded with “Yeah, so?” With his performance in Splice as a genetic engineer he gave us an emotional core, and with Predators he returns to the King Kong action hero he surprised us with in 2005.
Predators is another franchise reboot, and it’s not too bad. For the action-junkies out there looking to avoid Despicable Me or any of the other 3D cash-ins of the week, here is a semi-intelligent, well-made thriller. It borrows from The Most Dangerous Game, which in its original form is a demented guy who brings people to his island so he can hunt them. Here, it’s high-tech aliens.