PREDATOR

1987

7/10

 

 

DIRECTOR: John McTiernan

May Contain Spoilers!

Back in the 1980’s , Arnold Schwarzenegger was a rising star. But his command of the English language, let alone the American macho dialect was pretty poor. He delivered his zingers with mixed success but now, they just seem funny! But Predator was a film which brought him up a level. He is the convincing star and heart of a brutal and gory action movie which plays out very nicely.

The director of Die Hard would direct a set of characters which were well drawn, as they are duped by their own commanders into an Asian jungle. But unbeknownst to them, they are being stalked by something else. An alien predator who horrifically mutilates its prey and picks off the team, one by one. The effects, though obviously dated, still stand up well today, as does the tone. Alan Silvestri’s score is well pitched and in keeping with flow of action.

The characters are human, with hard men admitting fear whilst still fighting to the bitter end, and with a sense of professionalism. These guys know what they’re doing and they do it well. It’s just that they don’t know what they’re up against until it’s too late.

My biggest complaint about this movie is its “happy” and contrived ending. I’m not going to give too much away, but all the way through, even with the gung-ho american supremacy, very 80’s by the way, and the extra-terrestrial elements to plot, this had a very grounded feel, but I felt that there were just too may contrivance that would lead to Arnie’s glorious “last man standing” rescue.

Other than that, this had a well conceived narrative, stunning make up effects, a well judged tone to the gore and violence, keeping it just on the right side of spatter gore, and a very good musical composition from Silvestri helps to make this a classic.

 

 

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