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When a crew of specialists is called in to trouble-shoot a problem and
fix it, nothing could prepare them for what would follow. For me this
is a hard-hitting solid, cold calculated role for Schwarzennegger. Not
over thrown by one liners, not lame special- effects, over
dramatization of the story, just a master work, done by John McTiernan,
the same director that made Bruce Willis a house hold action character
This was astounding!! The story as it starts, when they land and go into action, taking some guerrilla fighters out. Guerilla forces that have captured some American soldiers and are killing them, attempting to take over that area and occupy the territory. As Dutch (Schwarzennegger) leads his team in with cutting skill, they find surround and move in and take out a large number of fighters that have A few American soldiers with them. Then, after they have put it together and wrapped it up, they realize something is not right. There is unfinished business. They move out again after a soldier holding a woman is brutally killed, with no explanation, and the woman has seen the attack and is not making any verbal sense of any of it. This is where the terror is just starting in!
So with the native Indian guide, a 'Tracker' (Sonny Landham) who's skills are honed and highly in demand for this type of work. Leading the crew of 'Specialists' including Jesse 'The Body' Venture, and Bill 'The Killer' Duke -(from many different roles)into a mission that is not what it was 'sold' to them originally. Carl Weathers, who was not so straight with them, ends up as sort of a sacrificial lamb anyway. Very well-fit considering, he was part of the original 'information' problem.
The team, finds their objective and neutralizes the problem, only to find, that there is something else waiting in the wings...for them. Hunting, the expert hunters, as if it's nothing, at all. The film, is haunting, in the daylight. But when the night comes, nothing is as it seems, for this band of military brothers...
Shane Black, who wrote and co-starred in this picture was right on it, all the way. This film, grips you, and pulls you into a terrifying situation, that keeps you guessing, unsure of the outcome!
I rate this a ten for ten, because it rocks you and rolls all the way through. Riveting, I recommend it highly for Arnold fans or even if you don't like him, so what this one delivers it all.(****)
I have only just seen this film recently and I wasn't expecting too much from it. But after seeing it, the only thing I can say is 'wow!' this is such a cool film, with good old Arnie in the role of the hero giving the great one-liners that have become expected of him. But this is much more than just another brainless action film. Although the film is based around the action, there are also strong elements of horror, sci- fi and thriller, as well as some very funny moments and utterly cool lines. I know that not every one will like this film, and many will dismiss it as brainless and shallow, but the fact is that it was not made to please everyone. What it is, is a macho movie, made by guys, for guys, and I recommend this film to every red-blooded male out there. it may not be a cinematic masterpiece (although it certainly has its moments) it is a hugely enjoyable film to watch. UTTERLY COOL!
I remember watching this movie when I was about 9 or 10 with my brother
and father. It has always been one of my favorite movies. One of the
few movies that I can watch every couple years, and still be engaged
until the ending credits roll onto the screen. Also one of the few
movies I honestly feel was done perfectly, in the sense that I could
not find anything through out the entire movie that they could have
done better. Original story (for the time). If watched for the first
time today, could almost still be current (made almost 20 years ago).
Great cast of believable characters. Arnold in his prime. I've always
felt it perfectly encapsulates the type of box office action hits of
the 1980's. To me, it's the Ode to the 80's action movie's ... shooting
everything and everyone; the one liners, my personal favorite from this
movie ... "Stick around" Arnold says after impaling a guerilla from
across the room with a 2 foot blade :) Very little dialog, but when
there is, it sets the feel of the movie and story perfectly
In short definitely a Classic
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
When Arnold Schwarzengger and his rescue team are coerced into rescuing
a cabinet minister from the Cuban jungle, they find mutilated corpses
and are eventually hunted down one by one by a vicious alien who's only
pleasure in life is that of hunting and killing for sport.
Schwarzenegger decides that running is not an option anymore and wills
his men to fight back against the creature. When his entire team is
killed in ever more gruesome circumstances by the unstoppable extra
terrestrial he decides to take the fight back to the alien and a
muscular bout of action ensues.
Director John Mctiernan has crafted a very streamlined and muscular action film here, and as such the film moves at a breakneck speed without pausing to ponder some of the implausibilities on show. The action is frenetic and nicely edited, and as the film progresses the tension begins to become unbearable. Here is one of the best action movies of the eighties, with some of the best effects from the pre-cgi era.
Shcwarzenegger proves one of his best performances here as the leader of the aforementioned rescue squad, and as well as obviously being very physically able he presents just the right mix of hard edged authority and wide eyed vulnerability when he realises that for once he is fighting against something that could best him in unarmed combat. The rest of his squad is split into the usual mix of stereotypes. There's the Indian chappie with the big knife who naively believes he can take on the predator and succeed, there's the cowboy who refers to himself as a 'sexual tyrannosaurus' and carries an extremely large mini-gun. And then there's Carl Weathers, who despite seeming to be an established military soldier manages to mess everything up on a constant basis, and willingly accepts a berating from one of Arnies men despite being ranked higher than him.
Plot wise, we don't gain much information on the Predator. Seen arriving in a spaceship at the beginning we know its an alien and we gather from the way it stalks the team and kills them one by one that it is a hunter. We see it rip the spine out of one of its victims and attach the skull to a belt around its waste, which again signifies a hunter celebrating a kill. When it is revealed that it only kills those who are armed we know it is killing for sport and in a fair kind of way. This is a link to a possible 'honour system' for the predator, although this is of course just as guess. We don't need to worry about specifics because when the team starts being killed one by one all we worry about is how the predator is going to perform a kill next.
The setting is probably the strongest part of the film. The huge and expansive jungle is suitably foreboding and provides a stunning atmosphere of dread to the film. Forget the romanticised jungle that is present in the hit TV show 'Lost' because after the soldiers spend five minutes in this jungle you already know that you wouldn't want to do the same. The enormous trees, bizarre sounds and threat of death by a giant alien is enough to put anyone off jungles for life.
The effects are top notch, with the Predators invisibility defence mechanism providing some impressive shimmering effects. The laser gun it has mounted to its shoulder might look puny in appearance but when it punches a huge hole in one of the marines' chests you'll treat it with more respect. On this note, it is fair to say that the combat in the film is some of the best around. The feeling of power is incredible, and it comes early on as the team single handedly destroys a base that seems to contain the entire Cuban army. The huge explosions aren't just superfluous as they seem to hit the audience with ferocious energy, and when the rescue team spots the Predator and opens fire you'll have to resist the urge to duck. All seven men open fire on the jungle in an awesome display of firepower that not only destroys a large portion of the jungle but in reality should really alert the entire country to the teams' presence considering how much noise is being made.
On a final note, the mano-a-mano conflict at the end between Arnie and the Predator is superb. Although people might be tempted to laugh at Arnie when he makes his impressively primal scream into the night, but considering his team is all dead and he's about to fight a heavily armed alien with nothing more than a bow and arrow and some mud for protection you realise hes got nothing to lose.
Overall this is one of the best action movies ever made, and the presence of only one female means that the masculine feel to the film isn't tainted and the action doesn't have to be softened or dumbed down (indeed, some of the gore is disturbing.) Forget the sequel and its poor quality because this is a superb film!!!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This is one of Arnold's best. This was a really good movie. I had good expectations for it because the same guy who directed Die Hard directed Predator (and I saw Die Hard before I saw Predator). I think that my favourite part of this movie was when everyone was trying to capture the Predator in the net. Other than Aliens, this is probably the best Action/Sci-Fi Thriller of the 80's. When I first saw this movie (when I was 4) I was really scared. I highly recommend this to everyone who is willing to waste 2 hours watching a magnificent movie. I gotta fill up the space so , how do you do how do you do. How do you dodo. Blab Blab Blab Blab.
Yeah, this is a great movie!! One of my favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger classics. I never get tired of watching it over and over again even though I have first seen this movie when I was 8 years old. At first, I thought that they were only fighting some guerrillas or something but as the movie goes on, here comes the alien with vulnerable abilities, killing them one by one. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Dutch) and Jesse Ventura (Sgt. Blain) -- use their muscled intellects to pursue a force more sinister than state budget crises. It's an otherworldly creature deep in the jungle adept at slaughtering our best-trained fighters, and worse yet, it's practically invisible. Special effects, dizzying camera work and a sci-fi bent elevate this gory horror-action, making the 1990 sequel a given. However, in the end, man is still the survivor. Aliens are not invited. Good job to John Mctiernan and his crew. I love the special effects. Now that I'm on 26 years of age, I still love this movie. I like the it's original and unique concept. I think that even future generations will like this movie as much as I do. Predator is no match for the Terminator: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Although the movie may seem "old" compared with today's super special fxs movies it is by far superior to many of them.It was far ahead of it's time when it was released in 1987 and opened the way for many directors to copy many of it's ideas.Actors including Arnold and all the others may not have nominated ever for an Oscar but they do give each one a marvelous acting all following the director's guidelines and the scenario.What makes this movie a "must see sci-fi" is the dark atmosphere which is created and the veil of death which surrounds everyone from the military companions not knowing where death will strike..Some movies remain forever untouched by time.This one is one of them..
With a cast like this, who knew it would be a hit? "PREDATOR" is the ultimate movie of a very stealthy killer. A top commando team lead by Dutch(Arnold Schwarzenegger) who meets Dillon(Carl Weathers, Rocky 1-4, "Action Jackson") who can't out-muscle one another. So when they go out into the jungle, each soldier have their own weapons: Blaine(Jesse Ventura, WWE wrestling legend) has the Gatlin gun, Billy(Sonny Landham, "48 Hours") has the M-16 w/shotgun, and others go to the Central America jungle who take out the renegade army, but encounter something more deadly, The Predator! After Mac(Bill Duke) caught and kills a scorpion, why would the Predator be curious about a dead scorpion? Then after every commando are picked one-by-one, Dutch does his best to outmaneuver this sneaky alien killer. To me, this killer makes all other snipers, look like complete amateurs. I've enjoyed this movie from the start, it was never a letdown, the action was always there, and Arnold is always at his best! Rating 5 stars.
I saw this film when i was still at school. It has to be the best movie
ever made...EVER!!!!! With lines like 'stick around' after he has stuck
the baddie with his big knife (which was cut from one of the early DVD
releases....WHY???) and 'whats wrong Dylan, been pushing too many
pencils' it has to be the biggest lump of cheese on the 80's block, and
cheese like that goes with everything. I can only think of one other
film that had the same impact on my generation, and that was Aliens. I
defy anyone who saw it in the 80's to say they didn't run around
school, knocking out the one liners and chatting endlessly about Blanes
big chain gun.
Of course Billy was spooked, who wouldn't be when a dreadlocked rasta alien appears out of nowhere and is hard enough to take out Jessie 'the ace' Ventura. 10 out of 10, i would have given it 100 out of 10 if i could.
Predator is undoubtedly the most endearing and imaginative Sci-Fi action drama I have ever had the privilege to watch, it delivers a gripping storyline that is mostly associated with an action thriller, but this film combines the essential contrasts of combat violence and Sci-Fi action, the Predator suit is the best extra-terrestrial outfit I have ever seen, in terms of its realism, the suit of the Predator is designed to look like a warrior from another planet that has come to Earth to hunt people for sport, the violence is gripping and intense, the action is frightening, and the suit itself is visually superb, never has there been an alien Sci-Fi drama that can rival the visual spectacle of this action classic!
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