Adamantium Bullet
24Sep/18

From The Vault: PREDATORS (2010)

FROM THE VAULT is a spoilery, mildly rambling, sometimes NSFW look back at forgotten favorites, forgettable flops, underrated gems, and early entries in already established film franchises.

In this episode, J Bryant and AngieBee discuss PREDATORS starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, and Laurence Fishburne.

Brought together on a mysterious planet, a mercenary (Adrien Brody) and a group of coldblooded killers now become the prey. A new breed of predators pursues the ragtag humans through dense jungle. The group must work together to survive, or become the latest trophies of the fearsome intergalactic hunters.

> Shortly after being hired as the director, Nimród Antal was informed that the movie will be scrapped because the script wasn't deemed good enough. Antal was then given two screenwriters and ten days to write a new story outline from scratch in their basement. According to Antal, by the end the place was such a mess and smelled so bad that the Predators' camp in the movie was heaven in comparison.

> The film's basic plot was conceived in 1994, when Robert Rodriguez was working on DESPERADO. He presented a draft of the script to 20th Century Fox, but they turned it down, because the budget required was too large. Fifteen years later, the studio decided to follow through with his script; in the end, an updated version of his script.

> According to Nimród Antal and Robert Rodriguez on the commentary, in the script, the character Cuchillo was described as "a guy who looks like Danny Trejo." When Danny Trejo heard this, he called Robert Rodriguez and said, "Hey, I heard there's a guy in the script for 'Predators' who looks just like Danny Trejo, and guess what, I look just like Danny Trejo!"

> Hanzo is missing two fingers on his left hand. The reason that the Yakuza traditionally cut their fingers starting from the left pinkie, is that these fingers have a vital role in controlling a Japanese sword, and their loss would significantly impair a duelist. Hanzo must be a formidable swordsman to be able fight in close combat as he did, despite the loss of his fingers. Also of note, Hanzo only speaks in one scene, and has a total of three lines of dialogue.

> Laurence Fishburne filmed for just two days.

> The first Predator doesn't appear until thirty-eight minutes into the film.

> The USELESS KNOWLEDGE portion of this review was provided by IMDB.

Posted by AngieBee

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