Movie of the Day – Predator

If it wasn’t for the 80s, we really wouldn’t have some of the greatest action series and action stars to make it into pop culture.  Say what you will but Arnold, Stallone, Willis, and a litany of other action heroes made the 80s interesting.  All I knew as a kid was guns, explosions, bad ass monsters and ridiculously high body counts in movies.  Sure there were some other great movies that set the stage for teenage raunch films and movies that defined an era of synth music and pastel colored outfits, but for my money it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger flicks, Die Hard and Rocky IV.  Also The Goonies and Monster Squad were bad ass as well.  Today though requires a shot of testosterone and bullets, which also makes for a hearty meal.  So why not choose a movie that some of the baddest mofo’s around and featured the ultimate villain, The Predator.

Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is brought it with his elite team of commandos by an old friend to help with a secret rescue mission of a cabinet member and two agents.  This crack team enters into the Central American jungle and make their way to the camp where the hostages are held.  In true fashion, bullets and bodies litter the campsite, only Dutch makes the discovery that there are no hostages and that this was a ploy to get his men to attack the rebel camp.  Seeing that their job is done, Dutch and the team make for the extraction point, only to find that they are being watched and hunted by an unknown adversary.

This is just flat out a man’s movie.  If you have never seen this movie, stop what you are doing right now and go watch this movie.  This article can wait, but this movie cannot.  Predators is basically all the trappings of the 80s action era rolled into one movie and exploded onto the screen.  This movie was negatively reviewed hard, to the point where critics were just pulling apart the movie like the predator does to his victims.  Everything from the story (a movie about an alien that hunts humans), mindless action drivel (macho men carrying guns and killing people), and a poor empty vessel for a sci-fi movie (lasers, ha amateurs).   What the hell do those critics know?  This movie still stands the test of time in terms of action and memorable villains.

Listen, you know what you are getting when you watch an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.  We know this, so why try and fight what is going to  happen.  As a sci-fi fan, Predator is one of my favorite sci-fi action movies.  Period.  You have a villain who is essentially larger and stronger than the body builders on screen are, meaning your villain is larger than life.  That is a pretty tall order for a villain to fill when you are going up against Schwarzenegger’s pecs and biceps.  Next you have gruesome death scenes all done by the predator.  Decapitation, spine pulling, skinning, plasma chest bursts and all manners of destruction.  Then you have pretty damn good special effects in terms of the cloaking that is used in the movie by the alien.  Last but no least, the predator himself.  One ugly looking motherfucker indeed.  As a kid that thing scared the shit out of me when I saw.  It looked incredible though and huge credit to Stan Winston (RIP) for lending his amazing creature effect talents to the movie.

If I needed to pick an action movie that encapsulates the 80s, Predator is going to be one of those movies.  Pure testosterone, action, aliens, super-thin plot, and more action.  The movie delivered what it set out to deliver, a balls out action movie.  Every man must watch this movie before they die.  There is no question about it.  If you haven’t seen it, do it now.  COME DO IT NOW!  IT’S RIGHT THERE, DO IT NOW!  Peace suckas.

About Nick
I am just another blogger putting his thoughts into a website. My love is movies so most of my musings will be movie related. I work as an online marketer for an advertising company and when I am not earning a paycheck, I moonlight as a vigilante film blogger.

4 Responses to Movie of the Day – Predator

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  3. keith says:

    Predator still the best movie in the series. One of the best action movies of all time in my opinion!

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