Predator (1987)

By on February 17, 2015
Predator (1987)

Run time: 107 min
Rating: 7.8
Genres: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director: John McTiernan
Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall
Trivia: Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally cast to play the Predator but he was dropped for being a relentless complainer.
Storyline
A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major “Dutch” Schaefer, are ordered in to assist CIA man, George Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world. Written by Laygz
Plot Keywords: jungle, severed arm, death of friend, cia, predator
Details:
Country: USA
Release Date: 12 June 1987 (USA)
Box Office
Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)
Gross: $59,735,548 (USA)

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4 Comments

  1. deadpool69

    February 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Predator is the classic action film. What makes it so unique is that the story starts off as a simple but exhilarating rescue mission; but then it suddenly switches gears and becomes a fight for survival for everyone involved. The genius of that! The cast is wonderful; Arnold as Dutch was very convincing and commanding, yet humbled and low-key in his performance. The only way you would know that he’s the star is that his face is on the cover, he’s the leader of the group, and he survives at the end. He was ‘one of the crew’ instead of a one-man wrecking machine like in so many of his other films; that was very nice to see. Carl Weathers turns in a good performance as Dillon, as does Bill Duke as Mac, Jesse Ventura as Blain and Sonny Landham as Billy. The whole cast worked very well together.

    The one thing that still astonishes me to this day, 16 years later, is indeed the Predator. The special effects in this film was very much ahead of its time, the camouflage was pure genius. I still can’t believe my eyes when I see the camouflage effects; it blows me away that even now in 2003 it could sit alongside the FX seen in TODAY’S films with no shame. I’m waiting for Fox to put out a special edition DVD with behind the scenes footage explaining how the Predator was done; from the effects with its sight and the beautiful camouflage, to the suit. I caught a little snippet of a behind the scenes feature on AMC or Bravo, and ever since I’ve been anticipating its inclusion on a new DVD (WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG?!??!)

    Predator is evidence of how action films should be done. A great story and relentless action, all progressing the story along. A timeless classic, one of the best films of all time.

    **** out of **** stars

    P.S. The ‘forest massacre’ scene is one of the funniest scenes in movie history!!

  2. vivolatino

    February 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Predator is definitely one of the best alien thrillers ever made. It is one of my personal favorite movies. When I first saw just a brief part of Predator when I was about five, I was freaked out and scared to even watch the movie for many ages, but eventually, once getting older, came to like it. The Predator, played by Kevin Peter Hall, is a very realistic and believable creature for the 1980s, when this movie was created. I like how humanlike its form is, and how un-humanlike it is at the same time. The creature’s four mandibles were a great idea for its distinct facial characteristics and the creature’s roar is awesome, one of the best ever produced. This movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Richard Chaves, Elipidi Carillo, Shane Black, and Sonny Landham and they are all believable in their roles and even add to the humor that this movie has. This is obviously the best of the Predator movies and still one of the most highly liked thrillers today. And let’s all show respect for Kevin Peter Hall, who died a year after he had made Predator 2.

  3. crimsonflash

    February 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

    With the release of Alien Vs Predator i decided to watch the original Predator movie today. I’ve seen Predator many many times since i first watched it back in 1989 and i love it each and every time. I think Predator 2 has a slight edge over this but Predator has a slight edge over Aliens BUT i think they are all extremely excellent films.

    Just in case you don’t know, it’s about a big alien whose race lives to hunt worthy prey and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s team of commandos are that such prey. The commandos are sent into a South American jungle to find some missing airmen who are being held by guerrilla’s. They do what they got to do which attracts the attention of the predator who is hunting in the area. So the predator goes and hunts the commandos with the aid of his kick ass weapons and cloaking device. The commandos also have a female prisoner.

    I think the whole sub-plot about the so called missing airmen isn’t too important to the viewer but makes it possible for the commandos to be there. The entire concept of Predator is really clever and it certainly made me sit on the edge of my seat while watching it the first time. It is kind of spooky in a terrifying way as we don’t see the predator properly for ages but see through his eyes which adds to the tension.

    The effects are great, the acting is OK and the story is cool too. I really like the music and especially the spooky twisted jungle sounds that we hear when we see through the eyes of the predator. This is a sci-fi action movie that isn’t just full of cheap explosions. It really does have great atmosphere. Everyone who likes sci-fi and/or action movies should like this. If you don’t then your taste in movies suck! This in my humble opinion is probably the second best sci-fi movie of all time.

    Alien Vs Predator has little of what made this so excellent so if you haven’t seen Predator and thought AVP sucked don’t think that this will. Predator is absolutely fantastic viewing. 10/10

  4. realgihero

    February 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

    McTiernan’s Predator released in 1987 and has stood the test of time as a Sci-Fi classic. A fitting and elaborate cast (Arnold, Carl Weathers, etc.) help viewers come to grips with the environment of the movie. Silvestri’s soundtrack kicks in with excellent timing as do the sound effects which remain crisp and heart-stopping. The cinematography is good and the action scenes are smooth, realistic and fun to watch.

    The characters are commandos targeting renegade forces in Central America to rescue a diplomatic hostage. Watching them transcend from macho-man confidence to panicky prey-like paranoia creates a perfect atmosphere for the film, which plays off your imagination until the climax where Dutch, played by Arnold, relies on wit and instinctual strengths to combat the terror at any cost. The effects are impressive and are excitingly original, especially with the creation of such a sophisticated beast as the Predator.

    Perhaps what makes the film have a such a raw, earthly quality is its relation to settings of man vs. nature in the modern world. Facing something infinitely more powerful than man is what the story comes down to; perhaps even man can conquer the unknown if he remains true to his natural powers than his ammunition.

    Survival suspense of the purest kind. Predator deserves higher ratings. 10/10.

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