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3.5
1,830 Ratings

Predator

Directed by John McTiernan
United States, 1987
Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Synopsis

A team of commandos, on a mission in a Central American jungle, find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.

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Predator Directed by John McTiernan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1988 | Nominee: Best Effects, Visual Effects

Hugo Awards

1988 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation

Critics reviews

In this conflict, a literal monster has been substituted for a metaphorical Other. Unfortunately, special effects have also been substituted for suspense. The early appearance of the Predator makes the final gladiatorial conflict predictable, and the monster’s multiple transformations also exhaust interest in its final appearance, which comes as no real surprise.
January 01, 1988
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What are people saying?

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Predator

    "He's using the trees." Thirty years later, "Predator" holds an irresistible sway, due in no small part to its level of restraint: if Werner Herzog directed an action film, it might look something like this. As the Predator's artillery lights up the nighttime jungle like a fireworks display from hell, Arnold Schwarzenegger must literally become a mud-caked earth totem in order to stop this interstellar force.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Predator

    This is one of Arnold's best films, showing that not even an invisible alien can defeat Schwarzenegger. John McTiernan just had a knack for making great action thrillers and this one even delivers on the gore in a great way. Also great creature design from the incredible Stan Winston.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Predator

    Such a wonderful sense of a creepy fucking atmosphere. Incredibly tense with some Peckinpah like action scenes and a surprisingly slow build to the monster. This was one badass, fucking entertaining film!

  • Jake Cole's rating of the film Predator

    McTiernan starts this film with the best genre filmmaking (and one of the few American film acknowledgements) of Reagan-era CIA kingmaking in Latin America. He does not lead up to this as the main message. That's where it STARTS. From there, McT goes even further, constantly redefining who is the technologically superior force, the invisible guerrilla, and the well-armed savage.

  • Zachary W's rating of the film Predator

    Predator seems to me to be the most Herzogian action film of the blockbuster era. That filmmaker's familiar theme of humanity's confrontation with nature is explicitly brought to mind as the high-tech military figures are slowly decimated by the 'jungle come alive'. Schwazenegger must disavow his very humanity and become Nature in order to survive the Predator, who is as much the Earth itself as an alien visitor.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Predator

    A fun and action-filled ride that is filled with more bulging man-meat than a porno. The macho 80's vibe is obviously ridiculous but makes for a very good time as long as you can stomach the one-liners and muscle fetischism. The direction is confident, swift and to the point. There is virtually no space wasted in this paper-thin story which is quite a feat in itself. Enjoyable but forgettable.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Predator

    3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Over the top fun with all the ridiculousness you can eat. Easily one of Schwarzenegger's better movies. The set up is actually pretty cool & the dialogue is fun but for some reason it goes off the rails for me when Mac loses his shit & talks to the moon after Jesse Ventura dies. Its like there was a deleted scene where they were fucking in the shower at a B&B or something that explains it all..

  • VENIMOS LOS JODIMOS Y NOS FUIMOS's rating of the film Predator

    La hábil combinación de cine bélico, terror y ciencia ficción, la segura mano del director John Mc Tiernan y la presencia del anabólico protagonista, dieron como resultado una de las obras clave del cine palomero de los años ochenta. La interminable cantidad de imitaciones y el hasta ahora muy reducido interés de sus propias secuelas oficiales, no han hecho más que resaltar los aciertos del film original.

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