Predator movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Predator is just a classic you can’t call yourself a fan of science fiction action until you’ve seen it. This film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and is absolutely packed with mind-blowing 80s effects.


A team of commandos on a mission through a jungle to rescue a group of hostages in Central America soon find themselves the target of an extraterrestrial warrior.

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Movie details

Director: John McTiernan
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Sonny Landham, Shane Black, Bill Duke, Elpidia Carrillo, Jesse Ventura
Writer: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Release Date (Australia): 20 August 1987
Runtime: 107 minutes/1h 47m
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Horror
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish


Themes (M)

The film contains sustained battle sequences and science fiction themes including multiple depictions of people being killed by an alien-like creature.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains multiple sequences of science fiction and battle violence, including depictions of people being shot and set on fire, accompanied by blood spray and blood and injury detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features often aggressive use of the words “f**k” and “motherf**ker”, as well as the words “s**t”, “ass”, “p***y”, “damn” and “hell”.

Drug Use (G)

The film contains very mild verbal drug references.

Sex (PG)

The film contains often crude sexual references including references to female genitalia.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Predator delivers probably the best you can get from an old but exceptionally edited 80s sci-fi/action movie. Clearly talented director John McTiernan offers fans of the genre with possibly everything they could ever want and need to see, publishing an incredibly original screenplay and filming every scene in a context that’s intelligent, entertaining and absolutely memorable.

The main cast, muscly and masculine, commit to some of the most convincing and naturalistic performances as a military team. And with camerawork plainly depicting the setting, it really feels like you’re in a jungle with these guys. With the opening concept of the movie being Schwarzenegger and his military team completing their mission, it’s only more exhilarating and suspenseful when they end up becoming the target instead of the hunters.

There’s prolonged action sequences involving massive explosions and huge flames of fire, in addition to the usual use of large machine guns and destructive weaponry. Honestly, the only weakness to the film is the final half hour featuring the battle between the protagonist and the alien-like predator, which is a little too extended. However, the science fictional and action effects during this sequence and the many sequences before deserve all the credit. The actual depiction of the predator will also never be forgotten.

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