International “Predators” trailer reveals killers effects, raises expectations

By Sean O’Connell Could Nimrod Antal’s “Predators” be the sleeper hit Summer 2010 has been searching for?

20th Century Fox certainly hopes so, and an international trailer released this morning to IGN suggests that Antal’s reboot might be the pulse-racer horror fans seek.

The plot is simple, particularly if you’ve seen the original Arnold Schwarzenegger thriller. The most dangerous killers on the planet are mysteriously transported to a remote island where they are tracked by the native Predator creatures. To survive, they must band together as a team (no easy task for this group of stubborn loners) or become fodder for the Predator slaughter.

Judging from this new clip, Antal has a few things going for him:

1. Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne are bona fide actors, not professional wrestling cast offs shoehorned into an action thriller. The presence of wild cards like Danny Trejo, Alice Braga, and Topher Grace intrigues (and ups the film’s already high geek cred).

2. The effects look really good. The pan-wide shot of the vast landscape and neighboring planets was damn impressive.

3. The gore is amplified. I’m digging around looking for an official “Predators” rating, but the violence, creature gore, and vicious killings shown in this brief clip suggest an R, meaning Antal and producer Robert Rodriguez could remove the kid gloves and deliver the visceral “Predators” experience fans crave.

4. And best of all, not an “Alien” creature in sight.

“Predators” opens everywhere on July 9.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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