Predator (1987)

Testosterone, the Movie.

If you’ve seen it, you’ll agree. If you’re a fan of any guy movie ever–that is to say, something with strong men, language, guns, violence, cheesy catch phrases, and/or Carl Weathers–then you’re going to love this one. I was torn between three stars and four, but in the end, my conscience got the better of me. If I gave this four stars, to be honest, it would lower my standards for the future.

Still, though, it did precisely what it set out to do, and that is most laudable.

I did not realize that John McTiernan directed it, and before Die Hard (and that he undeservedly went to prison). This guy is a master. His fluency in film language is well-displayed throughout.

The basic gist of the film is that the Predator killed a crew, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s crew goes looking, and the Predator kills them one-by-one. It’s laughable every so often, but the special effects are really phenomenal, enough to make up for even the worst offense.

If you haven’t seen this movie, watch it. The franchise might not noteworthy, but there’s a reason there’s a franchise. Even the ugliest towers have a strong foundation. This movie is just awesome.

3.5

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