Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, Shane Black
Directed By: John McTiernan
Written By: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 47 mins
The predator in Predator, is an intergalactic hunter, kinda like a really mean well armed Elmer Fudd. Space Fudd (as he’ll be known for the rest of this review) is cruising around our solar system, and happens upon our little planet and wonders if there’s anything down there worth killing. To his amazement and delight, he finds a team of uber-macho steroid fueled commandos on a mission in Central America. They all look like they workout at muscle beach, and are well armed and incredibly violent. Space Fudd thought he had died and gone to heaven.
This film for me, was the start of a fantastic run of movies from director John McTiernan. Predator in 1987, followed by Die Hard in 88, and The Hunt for Red October in 1990. The man could do no wrong as far as I was concerned. John McTiernan just knew how to set the perfect pace for each story he wanted to tell. Be that an all out actioner with Arnold Schwarzenegger or Bruce Willis, or the slower more measure tone following the sub-aquatic adventures of CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin).
Predator is everything you want to see in a mainstream summer blockbuster. It has heroes you can root for, a great premise, and no one is taking themselves too seriously. There’s plenty of visual razzle-dazzle, and it’s loaded with fun characters, in particular Blain (Jesse Ventura), who just doesn’t have ‘time to bleed!’ The dialog is a hilarious mix of politically incorrect machismo grandstanding, and bullshit philosophizing, and the pulse of the film is set by a superb militaristic sounding score by Alan Silvestri.
It’s an awesome firework show, and doesn’t hold up to much scrutiny, but who cares right? You want Space Fudd to rue the day he came to Earth to do some hunting, and you want Arnold to teach him that lesson. Predator delivers, and this is classic movie entertainment.
Predator is big dumb fun, and violent to boot. Expect plenty of action, blood and flying body parts. Space Fudd is there to collect trophies, which are often located inside his victims! If excessive amounts of violence and blood unnerve you, then you might want to pass on this film. Those looking for great sci-fi action should be happy with what Predator has to offer.
This is a big action movie with larger than life characters. Space Fudd’s creature design is also really detailed, so a theater sized screen is your best option. At home a HD viewing on a nice big TV with the volume turned all the way up! Watching a movie like this on a laptop, tablet or phone would be a mistake.
There are so many great moments in this film, but at number one, I’ll have to go for Space Fudd’s big reveal, as he slowly removes his mask to show his face. Arnold’s response is hilarious!
“You’re one… *ugly* mother****er!”