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Predators (Review)

Action reboot leaves audiences stranded in quicksand

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Nimrod Antal ('Vancancy') helms this Robert Rodriguez production, which wants to be the true follow-up to the Arnold Schwarzenegger action-adventure from the late 1980s. Rather than setting things on Earth, though, the action takes place in an alien junglescape that will test the skills and fortitude of a team of mercenaries and outcasts led by Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, who looks a bit like a Road Warrior-styled muscle car with able support from a steely-eyed Alice Braga. Grade: D-plus.  

Armored (Review)

Twisty action noir needs more grit

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The barely topical story concerns a young war vet who, returning home to few prospects and family commitments he can hardly afford to keep, joins an armored car crew (featuring Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne and Jean Reno) intent on stealing a big haul ($42 million). It doesn't get too bogged down in specifics and rolls along towards its unsurprising (yet adequate) finish. Grade: C-.  

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