IT CAME FOR THE THRILL OF THE HUNT. IT PICKED THE WRONG MAN TO HUNT.
Special Forces Major ”Dutch” Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his team are off to the Central American jungle on a rescue mission, but they face an unexpected and highly lethal enemy there… A sci-fi action movie whose cult status has grown over the years. It now stands as one of Schwarzenegger’s finest adventures after The Terminator (1984), offering the kind of shootouts that his fans expect, but also a great amount of tension in the jungle as well as clever Vietnam War symbolism. Engaging cast that are picked off one by one but the monster itself is also intriguing, partly because it remains more or less hidden most of the time. Alan Silvestri’s evocative music score adds to the thrills.
1987-U.S. 107 min. Color. Produced by John Davis, Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver. Directed by John McTiernan. Screenplay: Jim Thomas, John Thomas. Music: Alan Silvestri. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Alan ”Dutch” Schaefer), Carl Weathers (Al Dillon), Elpidia Carrillo (Anna Gonsalves), Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham… Shane Black.
Trivia: Followed by three sequels, starting with Predator 2 (1990); the monster also appeared in Alien vs. Predator (2004).
Last word: “I had the basic idea for ‘Predator’, which at that time was called ‘Hunter’, and my brother was laid up from a back injury from the beach, so I said, ‘Well, do you want to write a script with me?’ and he said sure. We just sat out on the beach and composed this thing over a period of about three months. But the original conceit was always, ‘What would it be like to be hunted by a dilettante hunter from another planet the way we hunt big game in Africa?’ And at first, we were thinking about how a band of hunters would branch out and hunt various and dangerous species on the planet, but we said ‘That’s going to be way too complex.’ So, what’s the most dangerous creature? Man. And what’s the most dangerous men? Combat soldiers.” (Jim Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter)