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Predator (1987)



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Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has a code of honor which he will not violate, even when his life depends on it. Paradoxically, his code of honor gives him the backbone to survive as a military special forces operative when he is sent on a covert mission to rescue another group which was sent in to assist some nefarious U.S. government plan in a Latin American country. Once there, he encounters an old army buddy (Carl Weathers) who has gotten too deep in the CIA's good graces for Dutch's comfort. When he and his team go into the jungle to rescue the others, they get involved in a pitched battle with local guerillas, but they are more than capable of besting these vicious fighters. However, not long after that, they encounter signs that the equally capable men they were sent to rescue were all killed unawares and in an unusually gruesome fashion. Given their training, it should have been impossible for anyone to best all of these commando warriors. Soon, the men from Dutch's own team get picked off one by one, as they grow aware that they are up against something uncanny, not of this world, something that is hunting them for sport. Why? Because their skills make them worthy opponents for the perfectly camouflaged Predator. This carefully paced action movie was given poor reviews by many movie critics, but was sufficiently satisfying for its (largely male) audiences that a successful sequel (Predator 2) was released in 1990. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Shane Black, Fred Dekker, Jim Thomas, John Thomas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 26, 2000
20th Century Fox


Jesse Ventura
as Sgt. Blain
R.G. Armstrong
as Gen. Phillips
Shane Black
as Hawkins
Kevin Peter Hall
as The Predator/Helicop...
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Critic Reviews for Predator

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (6)

Despite the off-rhythm styling, there's not a lot going on.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

With its stilted dialogue and hammy acting, the film has the look of an expensive production but the feel of a B movie, delivering the sort of undemanding monster mayhem Arnie's fans have come to expect.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

August 11, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A year before the release of Die Hard, McTiernan captured loads of suspense, terror, and sheer testosterone. They simply don't make them like this anymore.

Full Review… | April 29, 2015

It's the perfect blend of explosive machismo and thrills where the setting is almost as ominous as the terrifying extra-terrestrial villain.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
2UE That Movie Show

A very testosterone laced action thriller...

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Predator


This film is a strange hybrid of the horror genre and the action genre, leaning more towards action thanks to the casting of beefcake Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film follows the exploits of a special regiment of soldiers who are dispatched into the South American jungle to find a missing crew. In wait is a shipwrecked alien creature who hunts all the humans it comes into contact with. The gory deaths of the crew, as the Predator takes them down one by one, makes up the first section of the film, and shows the lack of empathy that this being has for human life. He is on this planet to hunt and kill, and with the knowledge of this motivation, comes uncertainty that any character will actually survive. Arnold, of course, becomes the everyman in this situation and is given the responsibility of taking down the motley creature, through any means necessary. It's definitely an interesting film, since it deals with survival and the endurance of the human spirit. The Predator is a very grotesque and original concept for an alien, and that's why it has lasted as an iconic movie monster.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

What if the victims in a horror film were ready for a fight ... were in fact a crack team of mercenaries? That's the opening premise of this 80's pulse pounder that centerpiece is the dream faceoff of Ahnold against the space alien. B movie aesthetics, A movie thrills.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A corny if effectively made poor-man's "Alien" concerning a group of soldiers (led by Arnold Schwarzenegger) who are sent in on a rescue mission, only to find that they have been lied too by the government and in amongst the Central American forests lie a creature that is intent on stalking them and killing them one by one. As said, this film is really, really corny, with a predictable-enough storyline of each of these soldiers being picked off one by one by the monster as if in some teen horror flick. However, with that said, this does not mean that it is not ferociously entertaining, due to crowd-pleasing talents like Arnold and Carl Weathers taking up a large chunk of the screen-time. The final showdown between Arnold and the Predator brings the goods and some, where director John McTiernan is allowed to flex his muscle and skill in ratcheting up the suspense. The special effects have also aged extremely well, and the introduction of the creature, being that we only see his point of view through heat sensors, is a nice choice. Enjoyable, tightly paced, beautifully photographed, and fun to watch, somehow, despite being ridiculous and lacking in character development to a large extent, "Predator" still gets it done.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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