Plot – A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Director – John McTiernan
Released – 1988
The ’80s were truly an outstanding decade for action films. One of the most entertaining being Predator, a testosterone-filled and infinitely re-watchable film that delivers shot of adrenaline with every viewing, wonderfully mixing the genres of adventure, sci-fi & horror so seamlessly that many films have tried and failed to improve on the formula, this includes the sequels.
Directors have to tread a fine line when making action films when it comes to how in-depth the characterization should be. Here I believe director McTiernan got the balance just right, providing each character with enough screen-time to create a distinct personality without taking away time from developing the plot. McTiernan’s wonderful cinematography also helps to give the jungle a claustrophobic atmosphere through the use of close-ups and slow panning shots.
When it comes to the performances, it’s clear to see that everyone is having fun in their roles, Schwarzenegger especially is at the high of his action star prowess and you can’t help by enjoy watching the events that he and the rest of his squad go through. Now you would be forgiven for expecting the film to be cheesy and mostly about muscular bodied men blowing stuff up in the jungle and to a certain point it is, however, sometimes an unashamedly cheesy action film is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Overall Predator remains a genuine classic piece of ’80s action cinema and just behind the first two Terminator films in terms of peak Schwarzenegger.