We gave it a C-
STARRING Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne
DIRECTED BY Nimród Antal
WRITTEN BY Alex Litvak and Michael Finch
Believe it or not, this Predator sequel was 16 years in the making. Robert Rodriguez first wrote the screenplay in 1994, just before directing Desperado. ”I forgot all about it,” he says. ”Until last year, [when Fox] got back in touch and said they wanted to revitalize the series, the way Warner Bros. did with Batman.” When he dug out his old script, though, he realized that he didn’t have the time to direct it himself, and that it needed a serious rewrite. ”I had Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character all over the place,” says Rodriguez, who produced the R-rated movie. Still, his basic plot device remains intact. ”I wanted to go back to the jungle, but on a different planet, a planet where the Predators hunt different prey in order to evolve as killers.” And for that, who needs Arnold?