For a scarier movie, this Schwarzenegger flick is a good starter.
First of all, I hope that while you’re reading this review, your first assumption is that I’m into horror movies. Because, that is false. And, my dad edited this movie so there wouldn’t be a bunch of grotesque crap in my head. Also, like Aliens, the next review I will do, this is more of a sci-fi action movie than a horror movie.
So, the movie starts out with Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his crew fighting with their guerrilla enemies. But, they don’t realize that the Predator is invisibly attacking them. However, he obviously becomes visible later. And, I thought that his technology and his infrared vision was interesting. I even liked the blue blaster the Predator shot.
Some of my favorite scenes in the movie include the beginning fight scene where Arnold throws a bomb in the back of the truck and the crew shooting their guerrilla enemies. For an 80s movie that some might argue didn’t hold up very well, I disagree because of the realistic special effects. One of the most brilliant scenes was when the Predator was coming out of the water, and you can see his technology almost disabling.
There’s another fun scene where Arnold’s character has mud on him, like Rambo, and he’s in the tree shooting a bow and arrow at the Predator. But my favorite scene is probably when the Predator takes his mask off, and Arnold says “You’re one ugly mother......”. Then, the two of them get into a brutal fight. (Spoiler alert!!: I also liked the scene at the end where the Predator refused to let Arnold win, so he turned on his self-destruct device, and says “Wa-ha-ha-ha!”) This movie is also like a mix between “Aliens”, because of the alien invasion, and “Rambo”, because of the wars they’re fighting in the jungle.
As far the acting performances go, I thought that everyone did very well. But the standout performance would be Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is one of my favorite actors, and he always does well. In fact, he was part of the reason, why I watched and enjoyed the movie. He does a good job playing the leader of a team of warriors. He’s also great at cheesy one-liners. His cheesy one-liners include when he throws a knife at one of his enemies, making him stick to the wall, Arnold says “Stick around”. Other ones include “Knock knock”, “Get to the chopper”, and the mega-famous line I mentioned earlier when the Predator takes his mask off.
Carl Weathers, who also plays Apollo Creed in Rocky and Chubbs Peterson in Happy Gilmore, also does a solid job. However, he does accidentally almost cause trouble by rustling the leaves when the warriors were trying to avoid their enemies.
Now, the parents guide begins:
Violence: There is definitely some gore in this movie. But believe it or not, it requires less editing than Aliens. The two scenes that parents must edit involve corpses hanging from trees. The first scene is almost 15 minutes into the movie when a character opens the leaves, and you see bloody, skinned corpses hanging from the trees. The other scene to edit, is at about 46 minutes into the movie, where the view slowly moves up to a tree, and you see one corpse hanging from the tree, which is less bloody but you need to skip it. It lasts about 20 seconds. Some other scenes, that aren’t excessively graphic, include when a character gets his spine ripped out, as evidenced when the Predator throws it from the tree. Another scene happens where the Predator shoots a man’s arm off, and you can see his severed arm still blasting the gun. Afterwards, he gets stabbed, which isn’t bloody at all. Another scene happens where the Predator has its laser targeted at a man’s head, and you can see some blood spill when his head gets blasted off. But, that scene isn’t terribly graphic. Another scene happens where you see juicy guts on the ground, but the man isn’t shown, because the Predator killed him invisibly. However, while these scenes are bloody, they aren’t too disturbing for older teens since the special effects were older. Young kids might find the Predator, without his mask on, creepy-looking. But I think his face looks like a jumbo-sized tarantula. He is definitely ugly.
Sex: None, except for one reference to a “sexual tyrannosaurus”, and another thing that I will mention in the language section.
Language: The f-bomb is used at least 15 times. Other words include the “G.D.” word, the “s” word, and the “a” word. The thing I was about to mention in the sex section of this parents guide, is that the character says the “p” word, which formerly meant a cat, 3 times in the sexual context.
Substance Abuse: None.
Anyways, I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. And for older teenagers, this is a great start to scarier movies. However, I don’t recommend it to anyone under the age of 15. But I do recommend it to people who like stories about alien invasions.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness