Coining the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’, Darwin referred to natural selection that allowed species to thrive. While we’re pretty sure the scientist didn’t quite intend for his phrasing to be taken so literally, it has become a cliché in the cinematic action genre.
But it was only when Hollywood’s obsession with the trope led to a very real problem that we started taking a deeper look into things. Colloquially named ‘bigorexia’, muscle dysphoria is a modern body image disorder that leads men, poisoned by years of visual conditioning, to strive for unrealistic body goals.
This visual legacy is something that The Predator, set for release on 13th September,
is trying to avoid.
To put things into perspective, the previous Predators went toe-to-toe with good old Arnie, and lost – but only narrowly. So what hope do a science teacher and a group of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder have in defending the future of the human race?
“I always favour real characters with real actors in these movies,” he noted in an interview with comingsoon.net. “But, the actors we tended to get for this are a cut above I think, the average tough guy.
But while he may have done away with the muscle-man trope, fans of the films will be heartened to hear that some aspects of the franchise will remain the same.
Only time will tell if Black’s motley crew are successful or not, but we’re sure the Predator’s instinct to kill means it’s not as discerning, perhaps, as the cinema-going public on that one.
Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn and Brian
Running time: 110 mins
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WORDS Camille Hogg