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Predator (Widescreen Collector's Edition) (1987)

A movie directed by John McTiernan

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Rumble in the Jungle

  • Nov 13, 2010
 *** out of ****

There will never truly be a Predator hunter/victim better than Arnold Schwarzenegger. He's a natural born action star who was meant to play these kinds of roles, even if he's never truly spectacular in any of them. None the less, "Predator" is movie fanboy goodness in nearly every way. It's got plenty of action and a solid amount of blood, as well as a heart and a wild ride full of thrills. Also, there's plenty of good movie quotes to be found here, so dig in. I do not regret experiencing "Predator" because I know it is the best film in the franchise which has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon. "Predator" has got a pretty good cult audience, and I'm surely in it. I didn't "love" it because it was not a "one of a kind" film. Any good, intense action thriller can probably match this entry in quality. So in that way, "Predator" is just another good action film, but in the same way it is slightly more important. Again, it is the best in the popular series. And it (most likely) will always be the best. But I don't think one true movie fan can truly say that they completely hate a good ol' classic game of Human Hunter, starring the infamous Predator. That game will never get old, but there are those who know how to gleefully suck the life (and heart) out of the fun, so beware. So if you want some (nicely executed) noisy, bloody, gunfire laden fun, then give "Predator" a pretty fair chance. It's not a "bad" movie, but just keep in mind that it's not a true genre classic either. None the less, it's pretty enjoyable and delivers almost non-stop entertainment for nearly two good hours.

"Predator" often strays into predictable and less intriguing territories, but it remains interesting throughout. This interesting wilderness hunt could have been much worse if it had not been for good direction and explosively awesome action sequences. Nevertheless, I feel like I've seen this at least once before. It's just another one of those stories where a Joint Task Force is sent into Vel Verde to investigate a possible kidnapping of a comrade by guerilla forces. They search and they search until they find the enemy forces and blow the living hell out of them. They are able to find a hostage, although the threat level has not been lowered. You see, something is watching these typical action heroes. And whatever is watching them will strike fast, and soon starts to kill off unimportant characters. So the rest of the film is a wild goose chase where the "Predator" is hunting the humans from behind a mask (which I'm assuming hides the beast's ugly face). You can pretty much expect what happens from then on (Hint: Everyone except the main badass dies), although the film doesn't leave you scratching your heads. In fact, the film just breezes by easily. It's an entertaining film where an alien-like being is hunting unoriginal yet bearable characters and blending in much like the classical Chameleon would. There's nothing much too the story, and the Predator is the most interesting thing about it, but it's exciting enough to keep you watching it all the way through. Yes, it's a bunch of clueless characters running around the jungle, shooting away in hopes of killing a humanoid alien, but the point is that it's a FUN movie about all of those things. The characters aren't anything special, but boy do they know how to generate some good movie quotes! The script isn't enchanting, memorable, or particularly witty, and the story is pretty forgettable. But again, I enjoyed myself a good deal of the time.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will always be the best when it comes to Predator hunting. He is in fact the only survivor of the attack on ignorant action heroes. Arnold's performance is one abundant with solid quotes and loads of loud yelling. Nothing special in particular, but his performance was alright because in ways, you can remember it. It's nearly equal to the status of Schwarzenegger's performance in "The Terminator". But Arnold's performance was not my favorite. Out of all the action heroes in this action laden film, my favorite guy was Carl Weathers as George Dillan. I liked him the most because it was very easy to like his character, and even easier to remember him. And who could forget Kevin Peter Hall as the Predator himself? I certainly won't be forgetting that one. What an ugly bastard in a mask......

"Predator" is a fairly captivating action thriller. Even when there was no action whatsoever, I found the film to be a visual jungle of epic potential. But whenever there was an action sequences, I was treated to one hell of a thrill. Every action sequence is well done, well shot, and well planned out. These sequences are key to the film's keen sense of sheer entertainment, as is the Predator himself. Now the Predator is a humanoid extraterrestrial. He's ugly, and the design is admirable. The costume is pretty good, and for the time, the CGI was too. But like I said before, "Predator" has aged a good deal. But it still reminds me of when films like these had the ability to be good. If the franchise had begun more recently, it would have been worse. Action movies simply aren't as good anymore, so "Predator" is a good old blast from the past. The film is pretty well shot and the camera work is pretty well textured. And it's pretty noticeable too. The music in the film is pretty good. Nothing spectacular, but solid action film music nevertheless. "Predator" is good entertainment whether you like it or not, and chances are some will not prefer it over some action thrillers. But I fail to resist bloody and (for the time) visually impressive things, so I enjoyed "Predator" for the majority of this wild rollercoaster of a film.

"Predator" is also effective because there is only one Predator. I have been told that there are more than one in the more previous installments, which is probably why none of them can seem to compare to the quality of the original. It's not a scary concept, but one merciless alien Predator hiding above the ground, invisible to the human eye, makes for some pretty good thrills. It could attack from anywhere and at any time, which is probably why most of the heroes got "predatored". But I appreciate "Predator" for being an entertaining and not completely mindless action flick. It's no classic, and it's not spectacular, but it "meets the standards". Just have fun with it, and you'll see what I mean.

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November 13, 2010
This is one of my Arnie faves....yeah it was flawed as hell but I liked it. Nice review! Oh, welcome to the site and to our little community! I do newsletters to highlight the newer good stuff and at the rate you are going, you are going to be a spotlight member soon!
November 13, 2010
Cool. You think so? I never made it big (and since haven't) on Rotten Tomatoes so I am trying to expand my reviews to a different audience.
November 13, 2010
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Quick Tip by . August 28, 2010
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This is definitely, in my opinion, a movie that children should not be watching. I made the mistake of letting my 9 and 10 year old watch this, and spent the entire night up with them because of nightmares. For the adult side of things, this is a pretty good movie if you like high action movies. 3 stars from me.
Quick Tip by . August 12, 2010
The nearly non-stop tension and action filling 3/4 of this movie make it a must for action junkies. Some of Arnolds best one-liners came from this classic!
review by . May 01, 2010
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is a true sci-fi classic. Like the Alien Quadrilogy (Alien/ Aliens /Alien 3 /Alien Resurrection), a powerful alien creature slaughters humans like cattle.     What makes Predator so great - and what more recent copycats lack - is a great cast of characters and dramatic scenes. Far from just being cannon fodder, you actually start to like Dillon and Blane and the rest. I'll never forget the scene when Dillon becomes so nervous he breaks his razor while shaving - what a great way …
review by . February 02, 2008
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This movie is one of the most engaging and intense science fiction movies ever made. An alien lands in the jungles of Central America and is on a hunt with humans serving as the prey. Armed with high-tech weapons and an invisibility screen, it can move through the jungles at will, but can be injured by firearms.    Arnold Schwarzenegger is the leader of a team of mercenaries sent into the jungles of Central America by the American CIA. Their mission is supposedly to rescue some hostages …
review by . July 25, 2004
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Even after 17 years, I still enjoy this hybrid film which combines the best features of action adventure with special effects which create what is generally referred to as "science fiction." Here's the basic situation: Major Alan ("Dutch") Schaefer (Schwarzenegger) and his personal team of highly trained and highly skilled special operatives are enlisted by the CIA to go into an unnamed Latin American country to rescue others who had previously been assigned there on a special mission to....   …
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RambomeetsAlienin this terrific science-fiction thriller from 1987, directed by John McTiernan just a year beforeDie Hardmade him Hollywood's most sought-after director of action-packed blockbusters. Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite squad of U.S. Army commandos to a remote region of South American jungle, where they've been assigned to search for South American officials who've been kidnapped by terrorists. Instead they find a bunch of skinned corpses hanging from the trees and realize that they're now facing a mysterious and much deadlier threat. As the squad is picked off one by one, Arnold finds himself pitted against a hideous alien creature that's heavily armed and wearing a spacesuit enabling the creature to render itself invisible. The title says it all in describing the relentless, escalating action that follows, maintained by McTiernan with an abundance of visual flair. The film's special effects are still impressive, and stunning locations in the Mexican jungles create a combined atmosphere of verdant beauty and imminent danger. The plot doesn't hold up to much scrutiny, but the movie's so exciting and tightly paced that its weaknesses seem irrelevant.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: John McTiernan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Screen Writer: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
Runtime: 107 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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