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Predators 15, 106 mins .....

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Predators THE dreadlocked alien warriors are reinvented for a new generation in Predators.

Oscar-winner Adrien Brody steps into the boots of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the gun-toting hero of this movie, which is based loosely on a 1994 script by Robert Rodriguez.

Brody plays tenacious mercenary Royce who wakes in the heat of a jungle, where he stumbles upon other people in a similar disoriented state, including drug cartel enforcer Cuchillo (Danny Trejo), Russian Special Forces soldier Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov), Israeli Defence Force sniper Isabelle (Alice Braga) and high profile serial killer Walter Stans (Walton Goggins).

Reconnaissance reveals that the cold-blooded killers are stranded on an alien world and are systematically hunted by a new breed of Predator, which is more cunning than before.

Predators is clearly set after the 1987 film but, apart from a few verbal clues, it's hard to pinpoint exactly where this chapter slots into the existing chronology.

Brody imposes himself physically, losing his shirt to flex muscles in the climactic showdown, but like his co-stars, he sweats and snarls profusely in a thankless two-dimensional role.

Action sequences fail to get the blood pumping, unfolding largely in the heat and the dark of an alien night.

Only the most devoted fans will flock to this half-baked adventure and very few of them will leave the cinema satisfied.

But something that is guaranteed to pull is the hordes is the third instalment in the vampire drama.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse sees the tug of war for the affections of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) reach a crucial juncture.

The Twilight series, based on the teen books by Stephenie Meyer is following in the footsteps of the Harry Potter phenomenon.

Director David Slade cranks up the tension between Bella's suitors Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) against a backdrop of impending civil war between rival bloodsucking factions.

Graduation approaches for Bella who must choose between Edward, the vampire who won her heart, and Jacob, the best friend who has snuck into her affections. Rejection for one young man could ignite the ancient rivalry between the lycans and the bloodsuckers.

Meanwhile, Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) returns to Forks, Washington, to kill Bella in revenge for Edward's slaying of her lover.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is a fast-paced romp that should delight ardent fans and draw in a few newcomers.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 9, 2010
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