Predator (1987)

Directed by John McTiernan. Written by Jim and John Thomas. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Elpidia Carrillo and Kevin Peter Hall as The Predator.

Plot: a team of commandos in Central America find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial.

This classic film starts with a spaceship dropping something on Earth. Meanwhile, a military rescue team, including Dutch (Schwarzenegger) and his old Vietnam buddy, Dillon (Weathers), is sent to find a plane full of important people that went down in “aggressive” territory. What they find instead is a lot of bad guys and a lot of skinned corpses. Dutch becomes suspicious of Dillon and discovers that the whole mission is a lie. They’re actually there to stop a Soviet invasion. But then, The Predator comes and changes everything. The Predator starts to hunt the team and he’s very good at it.

As the team begins getting picked off, they waste so many bullets because they can’t actually see The Predator since he has a cloaking device. And while the motive isn’t a perfect one, The Predator won’t kill what’s not armed which kind of makes it better than us. The film is a bit more action than horror, but the effects are really good and The Predator looks frightening, especially when it laughs. The dialogue is also terrific. The movie should really be seen at least once.

My score: 60. DJ’s score: 69.

“I ain’t got time to bleed.”

“Blain” (Jesse Ventura)

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