Predator (1987) is an American sci-fi action horror movie that I was skeptical to see. Predator is also known as Hunter (1987), Primevil (1987), Alien Hunter (1987) and has two sequels, Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010). Predator also has two crossover films with the Alien franchise, Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). Director John McTiernan (Die Hard (1988), Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), The Hunt for Red October (1990)) excelled at directing this movie with minor flaws and goofs. The film contains one sexually somewhat graphic joke, major graphic violence, bad language, drug/cigar use, suspense, thrills, and a lot of sitting on the edge of your seat moments.
Three facts I found interesting about Predator are:
- Jean-Claude Van Damme is 5 foot 9 and was originally cast for the role of Predator but was later dropped because he was considered too short.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger got the role because he is 6’2" and his team are bodybuilders that are between 6’2 and 6’5 tall.
- Director John McTiernan broke his wrist while filming, but he kept working.
- There were two waterfalls near Palenque in Mexico that were used in the movie. The first waterfall was Misol Ha, which was outside the village and was seen at the beginning and end of the film. The other waterfall was Agua Azul, which is about an hour away from Palenque and is seen in the middle of the movie.
Alan "Dutch" Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator (1984), Total Recall (1990), Pumping Iron (1977)) is Delta Force Major of an elite special forces team. Dutch and his team of five are assigned to rescue hostages from a guerrilla territory in Val Verde, Central America. Dutch and his team did not take long to discover another wrecked chopper and several U.S Army Special Forces skinned corpses. Dutch and his team killed a Soviet intelligence officer and every guerrilla. After a few events, the team is unaware that an invisible entity is watching them using thermal imaging. One of Dutch’s team member is killed by a plasma weapon after a few more events. Dutch began interrogating Anna (Elpidia Carrillo - Seven Pounds (2008), Nine Lives (2005), Solaris (2002)) who he has captured from the guerilla troops. Anna reveals that the unknown entity kills humans as though it is a sport and does so in the hottest years.
Dutch later discovers how to conquer the deadly entity after a majority of his team is dead.
The movie was an intriguing watch and is a movie that I have seen more than once. I love the movie for its uniqueness and A+ actors. The screenshots were nicely done and well executed. While writing this review, I have been thinking about how the actors (especially Arnold) froze their buttocks while filming this movie in freezing weather and what they had to endure to give us an entertaining film. The mud that was applied to Arnold was wet and cold and got colder overtime on his body with the freezing weather. Arnold was shivering with the mud on him and heating himself up with heat lamps, but it did not heat him up, instead dried the mud on him. He then tried warming himself up by drinking Jager tea that only made him drunk. The night scenes were shot in extremely freezing-cold temperatures whereas the day scenes were shot in extreme heat. Also, the actors were introduced to leeches, heat and rough terrain, snakes and stifling humidity. There are a few goofs in the movie, but the actors acting skills conquers the goofs and can be easily overseen.
About Predator (1987)
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Peter Cullen, Henry Kingi, R.G. Armstrong, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo, Carl Weathers, William H. Burton Jr., Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, Shane Black, Steve Boyum
Director: John McTiernan
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