Predator

  • 18
  • John McTiernan (1987)
  • US
  • 106 min
Predator
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

It may not seem much of a compliment, but this is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most efficient movies, a stripped-down thriller that cheerfully sacrifices characterisation on the altar of exhilarating action and special effects. Schwarzenegger stars as the leader of an elite special forces team whose jungle mission is thrown into chaos when they are tracked by a lethal alien game hunter. As with Aliens, much of the fun comes from watching a bunch of macho soldiers crack under pressure. Director John McTiernan ensures the tension is kept at snapping point and he's helped no end by the sci-fi gimmick of a "cloaking" device that keeps the predator hidden from view. This smash hit propelled McTiernan onto the Hollywood A-list, a position he consolidated with 1988's Die Hard.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. A rescue mission deep in the Central American jungle turns into a fight for survival as a crack commando unit, led by Major "Dutch" Schaeffer, comes up against an unseen enemy - a predator able to resist the most up-to-date weaponry and kill with relentless efficiency.

Cast and crew

Cast

Major Alan "Dutch" Schaeffer
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Dillon
Carl Weathers
Anna
Elpidia Carrillo
Mac
Bill Duke
Sergeant Blain
Jesse Ventura
Billy
Sonny Landham
Poncho
Richard Chaves
General Phillips
R G Armstrong
Hawkins
Shane Black
Predator
Kevin Peter Hall

Crew

Director
John McTiernan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama