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.
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%
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.
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.
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.