Throwback Thursday Review: “Predator” (1987)

 

 
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Posted February 2, 2017 by

 
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When I think of 80s movies, I think mostly of three genres: horror, action, and sci-fi. These three genres dominated the decade of excess with an over-the-top amount of violence, blood, and larger than life characters and villains. Once in a great while, a movie comes along that perfectly blends all three of these fanboy genres into one amazing, over-cliched, one-liner-filled, bloody piece of awesomeness. “Predator” is one such movie.

In “Predator”, director John McTiernan (“Die Hard”) teams up with 80s, action mega star Arnold Schwarzenegger and a dream team supporting cast. The result is one of the best action/sci-fi films not only of the 80s but of all time. Dutch (Schwarzenegger) and his elite rescue team are assigned a mission to go deep into the jungles of South America, and rescue a government official from the hands of a dangerous guerrilla army. They grab all the high-powered weaponry they can, and head out not knowing what awaits them.

The first half of the film plays out a lot like “Rambo” or “Commando”, as we watch the team hack their way through the jungle, finding ominous clues (skinless human bodies hanging from trees and such) and preparing to wreak havoc on the guerrilla camp. It’s when they find the camp that McTiernan masterfully flips the switch and turns his film into a break-neck-paced sci-fi flick with Dutch and crew playing a game of cat and mouse with one of the most bad ass extra terrestrial creatures ever.

The group make their way through the jungle, setting traps and shooting anything that makes a peep, while trying to reach their extraction point and hopefully escape with their lives. Unfortunately for them, the thing that is hunting them is invisible, has infrared vision, and is armed with more high-tech weapons than probably any movie villain to that point.

They run, they fight, and they shred an entire jungle with high-powered machine guns but they can’t kill the damn thing (although they do get it to bleed which gives them hope). One by one the rescue team begin to fall to the alien hunter, and before long it is down to Arnold vs. Predator. The final act is one for the ages, as Dutch uses every trick in the book to try and bring this “Ugly motherfucker” down.

I am sure most of you have seen “Predator”, and if you haven’t… HOW?! Really, this review was just an excuse for me to go back and re-watch it, because it is so freakin’ awesome! It is a perfect blend of action and suspense, and its only goal is to entertain its audience from the opening frame to the credits.


MikeD

 


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