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Predator (1987)

Predator (1987)


Arnold Schwarzenegger
Carl Weathers

Directed by John McTiernan

The franchise of the human hunting alien was kicked off in the capable hands of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Predator is one of Arnold’s best films and no reputable site will list his top three films without chipping it in there, mostly behind his best film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991).

This science fiction movie had the drama and excellence of a war movie, without a war or a ton of baddies being killed everywhere. Yes, there was an ambush scene where some baddies were being tossed here and there by Arnold’s character Dutch and his group of mercenaries, but after that we see a sort of revenge kind of elimination his team.

The movie depiction and character design of the Predator is one I fully enjoyed seeing, having in mind the time the movie was made, I must applaud the excellent costume it had on it shelf.
The movie’s script was based on joke. When Rocky IV was done and Stallone again overcame a badass, reviews were the next best thing for Rocky to face will be an alien. The Thomas brothers ran with that idea to write this movie’s script.

With Apollo Creed (real name Carl Weathers) casted to play Dillion in the movie, and Arnold casted to be the lead there was no stopping this movie from being a blockbuster hit.
I strongly believe that the casting of Carl in the movie was more like a tribute to where the writers got their inspiration from.

Shot in the jungles of Mexico a place where President Trump wants to build a wall to keep out the Mexicans and probably also to keep out the Predator, the actors and production crew went all out in my view to deliver a visual mastery.

The movie plot is about a lie, yes “Fake News” was given to Arnold about going to the jungle to rescue some captured hostages. But upon getting to the camp where the supposed hostages were supposed to be Dutch (Arnold) discovered the lie. With that they discovered the first crew which were sent to the jungle on the same mission Dutch was on, the other crew were dead with most hanging from trees with their skin missing.

Heading back to their chopper with a hostage they captured, they noticed there were being followed and to make it worse what was following them was doing a good job of being unnoticeable even in the light of day.
One by one, the team were being killed and their bodies dragged away by something in the jungle, Arnold and his team first tried to take it down, then upon realizing that they were no match for this creature they decided to run for it.

Even that decision was hard to get done as the creature loved the chase and took them running away as a challenge to take them down.
Here is a movie that is just too good to have been done in 1987.


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