Predator (1987)

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Predator (1987)

Post  BoG on Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:14 am


At first glance, this film seems derivative of a few other sf/horror films of that decade - The Thing (the alien ship arriving in Earth's orbit), Aliens (1986), and with a bit of Rambo First Blood part 2 (1985) thrown in. But, it's actually an action sf film which is more than the sum of its parts and began the efficient & entertaining output from director McTiernan which continued with Die Hard (1988). The plot concerns a group of mercenaries led by Dutch (Schwarzenegger and including Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham and Shane Black) hired to bring a bigwig out of the jungle. They are joined by a CIA operative (Carl Weathers) who is also an old friend of Dutch. The mission turns out to be bogus but is completed satisfactorily anyway. The problem begins in the team's efforts to get out - getting out of this particular jungle turns out to be next to impossible because the group is targeted by an alien hunter (7'2" Kevin Peter Hall).

This story was filmed in a real Mexican jungle so the location is one of the film's strengths. As the film unreels, we note more and more how the jungle surrounds our protagonists, closing them in, hemming them in, even stalking them. The film also works very well in the first half - it's not the dull wait for the action to begin as with many such films; there's a load of suspense as we're dropped hints, given glimpses, and presented with a faint sense of dread, mostly through Landham's mystical Indian character, who senses that something isn't right, that something is out there... of course, in a film such as this, the worst fears are realized. Some of this is standard - the mercs being knocked off one-by-one - but this also set new standards; it's now the killer-in-the-jungle movie to beat. The action revs up for a basic mano-a-mano alien finale between Arnold and the Predator. BoG's Score: 8 out of 10
The other distinction to the film is the visualization of the alien predator itself - whether it's camouflaged or moving in its own inhuman fashion, it's a bravura presentation of a nearly invincible adversary - and definitely alien. It's no surprise that this spawned a franchise.


Predator Trivia:
the first sequel was in 1990, moving the location to a near-future L.A.; Arnold did not return and the new hero was played by Danny Glover. Afterward, there were the Alien crossover films, in 2004 and 2007. Finally, the next sequel, Predators, in 2010.
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