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Predator (1987)

  Directed by: John McTiernan
Written by: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Starring: Kevin Peter Hall, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers
Music by: Alan Silvestri
Links: Predator on the IMDb, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Predator (1987) is also mentioned in andy-j's review of AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004) and timchuma's review of AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004).

"No 'Alien'" - a review by andy-j

A team of commandos, lead by Major 'Dutch' Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and accompanied by Major George Dillon (Carl Weathers), venture deep into the Central American jungle on a secret mission to rescue hostages being held captive by guerillas. But while scouting for the guerilla camp, they discover the remains of a former rescue attempt — bodies skinned and hanging suspended from trees — and this is just the beginning. An extra-terrestrial warrior is hunting them from the trees, killing them off one by one. It is virtually invisible, it is extremely intelligent, and it uses advanced weaponry and armour. Will they find a way to kill it before it gets them all?

Predator is a pretty simple film when you think about it. It's your typical action nonsense really, but it has enough strengths to make it a pretty good view. Ok, so the "bad" stuff… let's get this out of the way. By and large, the plot is pretty much rubbish. It's just a sort of cat-and-mouse thing with a few very mild twists thrown in. In some places, it doesn't even make sense. The acting — there's absolutely nothing there. The characters? They're as stereotyped as they come. So… what stands out? Well the Predator thing itself is pretty cool. It is revealed to us slowly in a way that makes you think "what the hell is going on?". We see things through its heat-sensitive vision, we hear its call and we see it in its invisible form before we even get a good glimpse of it. We don't even realise its motive till towards the end of the film. This very well-paced unfolding doesn't do much in terms of scares, but it does heighten the curiousity of what this thing is and where it came from. It definitely keeps the viewer's interest up. We only really get a small insight into what it is, and what technology it employs, but this is enough. It also leaves enough unanswered to warrant a sequel (which was terrible).

The other big highlight of Predator is the music. It sits underneath the action for a good part of the movie, slowly building itself up. This is not something I usually notice, but in this case it plays a huge part in building atmosphere and a sense of foreboding (doing a better job than the plot itself). Fantastic stuff. Also worthy of a mention is the end of the movie. The last 20 minutes or so are by far the film's best, as the movie opens right up and becomes less focused (which is good because it was beginning to drag a little). At this point, we finally get a good look at the Predator and the action ramps up and becomes exciting and memorable.

Look man, if you like movies with big guns and outdated one-liners ("You're bleeding man!" "I ain't got time to bleed") then you'll love Predator and think it is a timeless classic. I found it original enough and quite interesting, but it's nothing really special.

andy-j gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 21 Apr 2004

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Reader comments

  1. sup

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from grand master J on Fri 17 Jun 2005 06:10 #

  2. Well to be frank this is one of BEST entertaining movie in which Arnold is in the main Caste. Man hat's off to the director and then crew for an awesome movie....i see it each time and i get to know new new stuff out of the movie. Wish i could get to see more and more movies like this.....AMAZING guys....Great team job ;-)

    Jimmy

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from Jimmy Samson on Sun 27 May 2007 07:20 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.50 (2 ratings)

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