#1 You really can’t beat a beginning that starts in the middle of action. The movie opens with Adrian Brody falling from the sky and waking up. He activates the weird parachute device just in time to hit the ground at a hard thud. He groans, and then we cut to the movie title. Bam, things are already happening.
#2 Alien hunters from another universe not only know human nature well enough to kidnap soldiers, but also killers on waiting execution on Death Row. Makes me wonder if there is a subclass of aliens who does surveillance and bureaucracy. There should be a spin off movie called “Accountants” and they are aliens who invade earth just to find how who the good kills are for the Predators.
#3 Danny Trejo makes any movie better.
#4 Even bloodthirsty aliens from another world are racists.
#5 Even godforsaken place in the middle of nowhere has it’s own castaway survivor and his pet volleyball.
#6 Robert Rodriguez once again proves that you can make any movie better if you treat every character, no matter how minor, as if they were super important characters in their own personal stories that just happening to be crossing over with this movie.
It is the one rule that I can not stress enough. If you are writing porn, if you are writing horror and even if you are writing a romance novel, you can make every character interesting and if you do, the quality of your story escalates. It takes work but it makes your fictional world come to life.
As for the movie itself, I liked it. Every time I thought I had things figured out, they would change things up and I appreciate that. Easily the best movie in the franchise since Predators 2.