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718. Predator

Published January 21, 2017

Background info

Title: Predator Director: John McTiernan Year: 1987 Run time: 1hr 47m

“Major Dutch Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is the leader of a military rescue unit looking for allies captured by guerrillas in the Latin American jungle. At first it seems like any other mission: Schaefer and his team of seasoned combat veterans spot a guerilla camp, destroy it, and find the men they were sent to rescue executed. But when Schaefer attempts to lead his unit out, with a captured guerrilla in tow, something horrifying and inexplicable begins to happen: One by one the men are killed by a mysterious adversary - a Predator from another world.”

Live blog

2:35 – Very helicopter heavy start to proceedings. 3:27 – This music is incredibly dramatic, but we don’t yet know why. 6:22 – Are they calling him Dutch because they think he is Dutch? 14:10 – You can’t bring in the experts and then lie to them, they’ll find you out, they’re experts. 16:46 – Oh that’s so gross. 22:00 – They’re good at slithering down slopes head first, I would fall down so much. 24:58 – Wow, strongman Arnie takes zero prisoners! 27:28 – “Stick around.” Yay! Arnie’s one-liners are back. 33:04 – The guy is telling terrible jokes but should realise his glasses are the funniest thing! 42:35 – It’s invisible! NOOO. 48:30 – Right so there’s the reason there’s no freaking rainforest left. 49:21 – Textbook definition of shoot first, ask questions later. 56:24 – “There’s something out there waiting for us, and it ain’t no man.” 1:05:29 – I quite like ‘cheese’ as a nickname. 1:15:35 – He’s got confused, meant to use the knife on the enemy. 1:24:15 – This is a bit like the jungle version of Home Alone. 1:31:58 – Careful Arnie, you might need to re-mud yourself. 1:39:20 – Dude, didn’t you see the Terminator? Nothing ever dies first time.

Conclusions

Somehow, I’ve never actually seen this before so I wasn’t really sure what I was in for. It’s quite eighties, but because it’s set in the jungle, it’s not really that dated. I thought it was excellent - incredibly tense and actually really scary! Some of it was a bit gross but overall it was more about what you didn’t see than what you did - particularly with an invisible enemy.

Arnie was good too, not too many crazy quips, and some good stern acting. I liked his team, too, but you sort of knew straight away not to get too attached to them, poor chaps. Mr C wasn’t too keen on some of the CGI but I didn’t mind it too much, it certainly wasn’t as bad as the Terminator’s dodgy stop-motion situation.

My only complaint is the music. I was excited when I saw it was Alan Silvestri, but that soon drained away when I realised the soundtrack was exactly like Back to the Future. To the point where it was pretty distracting, I was busy thinking about what Marty McFly was up to instead of worrying about the predator.

Rating: 4/5

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