Soldiers are disappearing on a covert operation in the jungles of Central America. On
pretense of finding a downed congressional mission, a crack team of rescue specialists is
sent into the jungle. Unaware of the true nature of their mission, the hard-nosed Vietnam
vets led by Major Dutch Schaefer move into the jungle with purpose and uncover a nest of
apparent revolutionaries about to set a major offensive in motion. When the real purpose
of the mission is revealed, it only remains to make rendezvous. But its not that
simple. Thrashing through the thick cover of the jungle is an Alien hunter, making sport
of the soldiers, taking them out one by one. Can any of them survive the superior power of
A clever take on the classic film The Most Dangerous Game, Predator moves through its paces at breathless speed. Director John McTiernan knows how to pull the trigger on this sort of entertainment and he uses the thick camouflage of the setting to maximize suspense and action. With dynamic photography by Aussie DP Don McAlpine, and excellent special creature effects, Predator is an intensely visual movie.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is very effective in the role of Dutch Schaefer.
In the final Alien confrontation, Schwarzeneggers brawn and hard stare almost make
the fight seem reasonable. Carl Weathers is on hand to give a one dimensional performance
as a CIA operative and Bill Duke does a lot of muscled staring into the jungle.