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 and they easily defeat the human troops they encounter. However, the situation is reversed when they encounter the predator and it becomes a life-and-death battle. Most of the team is killed and it comes down to a one-on-one between Schwarzenegger and the alien. The climactic battle pits the alien and the high technology against Schwarzenegger and his guile and ability to fashion simple and effective weapons out of jungle materials. This movie also has some of the best dialog of all science fiction movies and Jessie Ventura was particularly impressive as a member of the mercenary team. My favorite science fiction movie of all time is Aliens and this one is not far behind.
*** 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 … more
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 … more
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.... … more
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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