2013 Fourteen Days of Halloween Part Eleven: Predator (1987)
Posted by invizweb on October 28, 2013
Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse “the Body” Ventura, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham, and Elpidia Carrillo
Producer: Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver, and John Davis
Studio(s): Gordon Company, Silver Pictures, and Davis Entertainment
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Run Time: 1 hr 47 Minutes (107 Minutes)
WAY MORE SPOILERS than usual ahead.
I came into Predator with the expectations I had of both Aliens and this film’s sequel Predators (of which I will have to definitely re-watch to review next year). Both were great sci-fi action movies with great and good plots respectively. After watching 30 minutes of the film a lot of “What The Fuck” happenings occurred. The film opens with a rescue mission that included way excessive fire power. When I first thought the film was horror with a mix of action, I thought the music was mismatched. Then there were the random bad jokes. The middle of the film was not any better with Arnold somehow being able to build bows and arrows from scratch in less than a day without detection. However, after I decided the film was an action comedy, everything made sense.: the use of weapons of ridiculous amounts of destruction so freely to the caricatures played especially well by Ventura (who had to stick out – if not, he would have been the mark), Duke, and the now ultra-conservative Landham. So many of the films actors went on to become socially conservative pundits, yet this film may actually have actually been a critical satire of the US’ use of crazy force in so many international ventures. Also, watch for a focus on the eyes. They were an interesting motif. So basically, if you watch this one with any possible biases, you will be disappointed. Otherwise, its not a terrible film. Imagine if SyFi Channel started in the mid 1980s and had established itself to afford this caliber of action stars. ..