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Predator: Part sci-fi, part horror, part action -- all muscle.



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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, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Predator

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (6)

  • Visually, Predator is a full-assault experience. Director John McTiernan mixes his range of shots with fast precision and full-blast effect.

    Jun 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "If idd bleeds, we can kill it..."

    Nov 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite the off-rhythm styling, there's not a lot going on.

    Jun 5, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • Alternately grisly and dull.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's a slick, high-energy action picture that takes a lot of its strength from its steamy locations in Mexico.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Predator

  • Sep 12, 2018
    Boasting furious action, oozing its obvious machismo and intensifying the tension after each encounter of the intergalactic slayer, Predator is a macho-fun film that takes advantage of its blessing of a one-liner titan in Schwarzenegger as well as its quirky supporting cast to make for a landmark 80s picture for its time. 4.6/5
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  • Feb 08, 2016
    Predator has Arnold Schwarzenegger on his A-Game, awesome characters, very thrilling action sequences as well as a very cool premise. Predator is a cult classic that absolutely requires your attention!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2015
    A search and rescue mission turned haywire when an unknown alien began stalking and killing the rescue team. Sschwarznegger didn't really have his best performance but the story was refreshing and there was enough both violence and action to satisfy film buffs.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2015
    "Predator" is a exciting action/horror film of 1987. "Predator" has a great plot to it, which is a group of United States army fighters are sent to a place to retrieve some hostages, later to find out that a "Predator" is after them one-by-one. The story is great except for a few things that don't make sense, these are toward's the film's climax. The acting in "Predator" is superb, "Arnold Schwarzenegger" as always puts 100% into his roles. "Carl Weathers" is perfect in this film as well. The music in "Predator" is perfect, it's very suspenseful and fits in perfectly with the scenes. The film is shot great, the camera man did a great job filming this movie. For a film that was made in 1987, "Predator" has special effects that still look realistic to this day. I highly recommend you watch "Predator" as it is a superb and exciting action/horror film of 1987. I give "Predator" an 8/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer

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