Predator (1987) 3.79/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 84.3
Genre: Science Fiction, Action
Duration: 107 mins
Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall

As is often the case, the original Predator stands head and shoulders above the sequels even though in the case of Predator 2 and Predators, the sequels are decent fare in their own right. What makes Predator so good is that it has one of the truly great action directors behind the camera (John McTiernan) and the most iconic of all action stars in front of it (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Having a totally original premise, a white hot script, great special effects, a supporting cast full of well known 80′s tough guys, and Joel Silver as a producer didn’t hurt it either! Arnold is immense (in what is easily his second best role) as the leader of the crack special forces unit who are sent into a South American jungle to rescue some political dignitaries only to come under attack by an alien hunter who hides in the trees and can appear and disappear at will. McTiernan handles the action with aplomb as you’d expect but he outdoes even himself in the set piece scenes which are a veritable masterclass in pacing and co-ordination. This is sci-fi action at its very best so just sit down and strap yourself in for two hours of pure entertainment.

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7 thoughts on “Predator (1987)”

    1. Totally agree. Every character has their own little quirks and there’s a nice camaraderie at its base. That always makes for great viewing. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Hi Vic. Thanks for the comment. I think it’s up there with DH in terms of action direction. Some outstanding set pieces and the co-ordination of the attack on the camp is flawless.

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