The Predator

The Predator

2018, R, 101 min. Directed by Shane Black. Starring Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera.

REVIEWED By Josh Kupecki, Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

How do you reboot a sci-fi franchise that’s had more than a few false starts? How do you breathe life into a series whose first film is so beloved that the internet is still making memes and videos about it more than 30 years later? Well, in theory, you could do worse than hire up Shane Black to direct your next entry in the Predator series. After all, he played Hawkins in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger original and was the first soldier killed off, so he’s had a lot of time to mull it over. He also penned those Lethal Weapon movies, which many consider to be the ne plus ultra of Eighties buddy-cop films. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang resurrected his career in 2005, and 2016’s The Nice Guys pretty much cemented the fact that he knew what he was doing. So why not give Black a crack at a languishing property with potential?

Looks great on paper, right? And for a time, The Predator offers some popcorn thrills, grisly deaths, and funny one-liners. But the film tries entirely too hard to capture the magic of those Eighties action/comedy films that Black cut his teeth on that anything resembling a cohesive plot gets set aside for another endless round of bad jokes and running gags, which I’m quite sure is by design. It’s Black (with co-writer Fred Dekker) putting the pedal to the metal and never looking in the rearview mirror (perhaps something he should have done from time to time).

The story goes like this: A sniper in Mexico, Quinn (Holbrook), is witness to an alien ship crash landing as he’s trying to extract hostages from bad guys (pretty sure it was drug cartel related). He investigates the ship, the Predator has died, but that doesn’t stop him from fucking around with the dude’s armor and shipping it back home to his house before he gets extracted (standard operating procedure). Once back home, He gets thrown on a bus with a rogues’ gallery of potential Section 8 looneys, comprised of Rhodes, Key, Jane, Allen, and Aguilera. They all have their special quirks, running the gamut from Tourette's syndrome to casually suicidal. Meanwhile, Quinn’s son Rory (Tremblay) opens up his dad’s mail and discovers the armor, and starts mucking about with it, because the film has made it clear over and over that he is a genius. Also meanwhile, evolutionary biologist Casey (Munn) is called in to check out that dead Predator, who's not dead, and she chases him (I’m assuming it’s a dude, no offense) and runs into our ragtag group of crazy soldiers, so then they try to go save Quinn’s son, who inadvertently set off some sort of beacon so another Predator can come kill him.

With me so far? Good, because I’m stopping right there, and I haven’t even mentioned the space dogs and some sort of Predator resistance back on the home planet and all the cute throwbacks to previous films (an update on the “gefaran thee to the whirlybird!” is particularly groan-inducing). Look, if you turn off your brain and just let the succession of images wash over you, the film can be dumb fun, just don’t go looking for anything remotely resembling comprehensibility. That apparently does not exist in the Predator universe.

Showtimes

Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz

320 E. Sixth, 512/861-7020, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/ritz

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily by phone or website.

Mon., Sept. 24

6:40, 9:45

Tue., Sept. 25

6:45, 10:05

Wed., Sept. 26

6:40, 10:00

Thu., Sept. 27

6:40, 9:50

Mon., Sept. 24

11:35am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:55

Tue., Sept. 25

2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:55
AFA 11:35am

Wed., Sept. 26

11:35am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:55

Thu., Sept. 27

11:05am, 1:55, 4:45, 8:15, 11:05

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., Sept. 24

1:00, 4:00, 6:20, 9:20

Tue., Sept. 25

4:45, 8:00, 9:25
AFA 12:15, 1:50

Wed., Sept. 26

1:30, 4:30, 8:00, 10:10

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson Ste 701, 512/861-7030, drafthouse.com

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., Sept. 24

1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25

Tue., Sept. 25

3:05, 10:30
AFA 12:10

Wed., Sept. 26

1:00, 3:35, 6:30, 10:30

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Mon., Sept. 24

AMC Dolby, CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00

Tue., Sept. 25

AMC Dolby, CC/DVS 8:00
CC/DVS 11:10am, 2:20, 5:10

Wed., Sept. 26

AMC Dolby, CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:40

Thu., Sept. 27

AMC Dolby, CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:40

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Mon., Sept. 24

11:45am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35
digital 11:45am, 12:30, 2:25, 3:15, 4:05, 5:05, 6:00, 6:55, 7:50, 8:45, 9:40, 10:35

Tue., Sept. 25

11:45am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35
digital 11:45am, 12:30, 2:25, 3:15, 4:05, 5:05, 6:00, 6:55, 7:50, 8:45, 9:40, 10:35

Wed., Sept. 26

11:45am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35
digital 11:45am, 12:30, 2:25, 3:15, 4:05, 5:05, 6:00, 6:55, 7:50, 8:45, 9:40, 10:35

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Mon., Sept. 24

digital 11:20am, 12:50, 2:10, 3:40, 5:00, 6:30, 7:50, 9:20, 10:40

Tue., Sept. 25

digital 11:20am, 12:50, 2:10, 3:40, 5:00, 6:30, 7:50, 9:20, 10:40

Wed., Sept. 26

digital 11:20am, 12:50, 2:10, 3:40, 5:00, 6:30, 7:50, 9:20, 10:40

Mon., Sept. 24

digital 10:45am, 12:20, 1:30, 3:10, 4:15, 6:15, 7:05, 9:05, 10:05

Tue., Sept. 25

digital 10:45am, 12:20, 1:30, 3:10, 4:15, 6:15, 7:05, 9:05, 10:05

Wed., Sept. 26

digital 10:45am, 12:20, 1:30, 3:10, 4:15, 6:15, 7:05, 9:05, 10:05

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Mon., Sept. 24

digital 2:05, 3:35, 5:05, 6:20, 7:45, 9:10, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 25

digital 2:05, 3:35, 5:05, 6:20, 7:45, 9:10, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 26

digital 2:05, 3:35, 5:05, 6:20, 7:45, 9:10, 10:30

Thu., Sept. 27

digital 2:05, 3:35, 5:05, 7:45, 10:30

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Sept. 24

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 2:10, 3:50, 4:55, 6:30, 7:40, 9:10, 10:25

Tue., Sept. 25

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 2:10, 3:50, 4:55, 6:30, 7:40, 9:10, 10:25

Wed., Sept. 26

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 2:10, 3:50, 4:55, 6:30, 7:40, 9:10, 10:25

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Mon., Sept. 24

digital 12:40, 3:55, 7:40

Tue., Sept. 25

digital 12:40, 3:55, 7:40

Wed., Sept. 26

digital 12:40, 3:55, 7:25

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Mon., Sept. 24

2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:15

Tue., Sept. 25

2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:15

Wed., Sept. 26

2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:15

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Mon., Sept. 24

12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8:00, 10:35
EVX 9:30

Tue., Sept. 25

12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8:00, 10:35
EVX 9:30

Wed., Sept. 26

12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8:00, 10:35
EVX 9:30

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Mon., Sept. 24

CC 2:00, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15

Tue., Sept. 25

CC 2:00, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 26

CC 2:00, 4:30, 7:30, 10:35

Thu., Sept. 27

CC 2:00, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Mon., Sept. 24

12:00, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40
CC/DL/HI/NO PASS 12:00, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

Tue., Sept. 25

12:00, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40
CC/DL/HI/NO PASS 12:00, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

Wed., Sept. 26

12:00, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40
CC/DL/HI/NO PASS 12:00, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

Thu., Sept. 27

12:00, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40
CC/DL/HI/NO PASS 12:00, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:50, 2:30, 3:50, 5:05, 7:00, 7:35, 10:05, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:50, 2:30, 3:50, 5:05, 7:00, 7:35, 10:05, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 12:00, 12:50, 2:30, 3:50, 5:05, 7:00, 7:35, 10:05, 10:30

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Mon., Sept. 24

12:15, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25

Tue., Sept. 25

12:15, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25

Wed., Sept. 26

12:15, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25

Thu., Sept. 27

12:15, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Mon., Sept. 24

12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:15

Tue., Sept. 25

12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:15

Wed., Sept. 26

12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:15

Thu., Sept. 27

12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 2:15, 5:00, 7:45

Tue., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 2:15, 5:00, 7:45

Wed., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 2:15, 5:00, 7:45

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 1:05, 2:10, 4:05, 5:05, 6:50, 7:50, 9:35, 10:35

Tue., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 1:05, 2:10, 4:05, 5:05, 6:50, 7:50, 9:35, 10:35

Wed., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 1:05, 2:10, 4:05, 5:05, 6:50, 7:50, 9:35, 10:35

Thu., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 1:05, 2:10, 4:05, 5:05, 6:50, 7:50, 9:35, 10:35

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Mon., Sept. 24

1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 25

1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 26

1:30, 4:30, 6:00, 10:15

Thu., Sept. 27

1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Mon., Sept. 24

11:00am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:45

Tue., Sept. 25

11:00am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:45

Wed., Sept. 26

11:00am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:45

Thu., Sept. 27

11:00am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:45

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Mon., Sept. 24

10:05am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:55, 10:15

Tue., Sept. 25

10:05am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:55, 10:15

Wed., Sept. 26

10:05am, 1:00, 3:50, 6:55, 10:15

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Mon., Sept. 24

2:30, 5:00, 7:35

Tue., Sept. 25

2:30, 5:00, 7:35

Wed., Sept. 26

2:30, 5:00, 7:35

Thu., Sept. 27

2:30, 5:00, 7:35

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Mon., Sept. 24

2:00, 4:35, 7:00, 9:45

Tue., Sept. 25

2:00, 4:35, 7:00, 9:45

Wed., Sept. 26

2:00, 4:35, 7:00, 9:45

Thu., Sept. 27

2:00, 4:35, 7:50, 9:45

Mon., Sept. 24

4:45, 8:00, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 25

4:45, 8:00, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 26

4:45, 8:00, 10:30

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Mon., Sept. 24

12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 25

12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 26

12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30

Thu., Sept. 27

12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Tue., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Wed., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Thu., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:00, 9:30

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