The Predator movies are ranked from worst to best.

There was absolutely nothing on paper that could go wrong with Shane Black’s Predator. For the writer of films like Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, who also directed Iron Man 3 and The Goodfellas, this was a great fit. Add to that the fact that he not only starred, but also worked as a screenwriter on the original (via Independent), and there were high hopes that someone with a real franchise history would care. To quote the very indignant Dutchman Arnold Schwarzenegger: “You set us up!”

Considered by the audience as the weakest part of the franchise (via rotten tomatoes), Black’s contribution rounds out a wasted cast in a story that’s too laugh-heavy in some areas and completely deaf in others. Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown and Olivia Munn go out of their way to use what they’re given, but when some of the lines include jokes about neurodevelopmental disorders, it’s best to forego the hunt.

If the punch line isn’t Thomas Jane Tourette’s character, it’s Jacob Tremblay as Holbrook’s on-screen autistic son narrowing it down to “intelligent” and that’s it. All in all, it’s a futile attempt to revive a franchise that, even with its thrilling ending, sent the Predator down the wrong path that 20th Century Studios was ultimately unwilling to follow.

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