Predator (1987) Review

I love this film way too much! One of my all-time favourite films and easily one of the most quoted action films around. The main staple of action films from the 80’s and 90’s came from Arnold Schwarzenegger and whilst there are so many gold pieces of action he was a part of I had to pick Predator as a favourite because it was such a perfect blend of Science Fiction and Action. The predator itself was a great piece of visual work and takes the test of time brilliantly, props to the visual team behind that well done. An alien spacecraft enters the Earth’s atmosphere, sometime later; Dutch arrives in Guatemala with his elite team for an operation to rescue a presidential cabinet minister and his aide who were abducted by guerrilla forces in Val Verde. The team encounters something else. Let the hunt begin! That set up must be the best in any action film.

Predator - Banner

Dutch and a team of commandos have been sent into a Central American jungle to track down some missing airmen that were kidnapped by terrorists. By the time they get to the camp, the airmen have been butchered in a very violent fashion and the commandos retaliate on the terrorists’ camp. After that’s over, they wait for a helicopter to pick them up, but something strange begins to happen in the woods. It isn’t long before the commandos start getting killed off and Dutch and a girl from the camp, Anna, are the only people left and fighting for their lives. But what they discover is too shocking for them to imagine. What’s been killing them is the Predator, an alien that hunts rare species and make his trophies out of their skulls. And human beings are the new species he has discovered.

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Story: 85%       Acting: 80%      Characters: 100%      Dialogue: 95%

Action/Sci-Fi: 100%      Style/Sound: 95%      Visuals: 100%

Total: 93%

Predator - Poster 2

There is a check list you have to go through when making an 80’s action film, dead pan acting, lots of guns, ridiculous one liner’s and lots of explosions. This film gets ticks all around we have a kick ass motherfucking cast of rough neck mercenaries. Guns up the wazoo even got a mini gun shredding people and trees. Just off the top of my head I can think of one liner’s, “I ain’t got time to bleed”, “Stick around”, “This stuff will make you a god damn sexual tyrannosaurus, just like me” and of course “Get to the CHOPPER!!!”. And as for explosions you’d think Michael Bay was out there with a box of grenades having a ball.

Predator - Dutch Setting Traps

You could just take this film as testosterone fueled madness but it does have more than that to offer. Take the helicopter scene entering the jungle, you get to learn about each of the characters and there likes and dislikes. That’s pretty impressive for 3 minutes and an absolute brilliant song played by Little Richard in the background. Whilst on the music we should really appreciate the unique score put in place as you can see a fantastic range from different situations in the film. During the camp attack we get an average actioner type music but then when the team themselves are being hunted it becomes very different indeed with a fantastically unique sound which really set the film apart from other films of its kind, if there are any.

Predator - Predator Scream

This film will put hair on your chest and for that alone it’s a fantastic action film. But what makes this film so fantastic is what else it adds to that genre, great Sci-Fi, brilliant score and stellar visuals. If you haven’t seen this film you’re not a man and you need to fix that quick by getting a copy. Not my Blu-ray copy. My copy is a fire proof safe.

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The best reviews I found would be these “A fast paced, high testosterone, edge-of-the-seat experience” Film4. “It is so lean, so exciting and so imaginative that you can watch it every month or two, year in and year out, and never get tired of it” Douglas Pratt. “It’s a slick, high-energy action picture that takes a lot of its strength from its steamy locations in Mexico” Roger Ebert. “It’s the perfect blend of explosive machismo and thrills where the setting is almost as ominous as the terrifying extra-terrestrial villain” Blake Howard. “The film just rocks, thanks to McTiernan’s muscular approach to the material and Predator’s utter refusal to surrender to camp” Rob Vaux. “One of the best sci-fi/action films ever made” Michael W. Phillips.

My favourite scene is nearly too hard to say but I would have to choice the finale battle between the Predator and Dutch, its epic and just so much fun without it being campy or stupid. I like the whole Boy Scout survival style defences and traps for the Predator.

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58 responses to “Predator (1987) Review”

  1. Brian Kronner says :

    Get to the choppa!!!

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  2. The Focused Filmographer says :

    one of my fave action movies! the other day it was on AMC and they had a lot of trivia that I had no idea about. super cool way to watch one of my fave action movies that makes all of my “action flick check list”! 🙂


  3. adlibitur90 says :

    I remember watching this when I was a child, scared the crap out of me!!! Good review 🙂


  4. Ripley Connor says :

    You like this more than Alien or terminator??? What?? I thought we were friends!


  5. atothewr says :

    Great film, great review. Favorite scene – too many to mention, but one that always stood out to me was when Carl Weathers character’s arm got wasted.


  6. ruth says :

    Ahnuld and MN former governor were in this, ahah. No wonder it’s a classic 😉


  7. Wordschat says :

    Now for the $64000 question; have you seen the remake starring That 70s show Topher Grace and if so what are your thoughts Tim? Liked this review and both films.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      As a predator films it is rubbish, but as a stand alone film its good. My problem is it kind of takes a shit on the Predator canon which obviously annoys me!

      The other predator race. Nope. I liked the concept but the execution was at times a bit slow. The last act was good though 😀


      • Wordschat says :

        Slow execution as in killing can be quiet dramatic. The newer Topher Grace one is almost Predator in name only. I liked the lighter feel and some good eye candy by Grace and other. It had unintentional funny parts like just Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Over hte top in parts.


  8. theipc says :

    Fantastic movie!!! Great write up!!


  9. Brian says :

    “What are you gonna try next, cheese?”


  10. Mark Walker says :

    Considering you use this as your gravatar Tim, I thought you would rate this highly. It a great film and one I remember fondly whole growing up.


  11. keith7198 says :

    My favorite Arnie movie!!!!


  12. Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop says :

    Love Predator! One of those films I can watch over and over. Nice write up Tim.


  13. filmhipster says :

    I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen this. Great review.


  14. Mr Rumsey says :

    What a fantastic film!


  15. GaryLee828 says :

    Not only is this an action or sci-fi classic, but it should be deemed along with any other classic in the history of cinema; right up there with Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Godfather, Jaws, Raging Bull, Titanic, etc. The script here is immaculate! All of the characters feel authentic. There is no over-the-top silliness. The pacing is perfect. Lots of suspense and tension. The alien is absolutely brilliant! And the showdown at the end is one of the most epic fights ever constructed. This is cinematic gold. 🙂


  16. Last Road Reviews says :

    Great film. Seen it many times. My DVD was ruined in the flood. Need to replace it but heard the blu-ray is lousy. DVD too hard to find.


  17. Fogs' Movie Reviews says :

    “This film will put hair on your chest and for that alone it’s a fantastic action film.” LOL Thats a great quote. Definitely is a manly movie, isnt it?


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