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Oh, I'm sorry... apparently, it's not "Predator" - it's "Schwarzenegger: Predator"... you know, I really do hate when they shove in a famous name from the movie like that. It's even worse when the actor's/director's name is bigger than the title, but... still, this is pretty stupid too.
And I think that despite this being a decent movie, there's the big problem right away. Most fans of this film seems to care the most about Arnold being in it - they view the predator in it as a nice bonus and nothing more. It's all about how the main characters of this movie are "cool tough muscular manly men". It's even worse when you spot this in the trivia on IMDB: "Arnold Schwarzenegger believed the reason Predator (1987) was such a hit was because the heroes were impressively muscular and big."
And as much as I'll admit I find Arnold fun and entertaining... I am watching this movie for the predator. And that's a big problem, because I am stuck with a lot of characters I don't really like or care about. The first third of this movie feels for the most like torture to me. While I as said like and enjoy Arnold as Dutch (not for his character, because we all know Arnold can't act as anything or anyone but himself), we then got Dillon who's the asshole betrayer of the group (a lot like Burke in Aliens, only more pointless), the guy Blain with a cowboy hat and mustache who spews out a homophobic remark and spits tobacco on others, and an annoying prick Hawkins who spews out vagina jokes that aren't funny (played by the director of Iron Man 3... I wish I was making that up), a weirdo indian named Billy who talks about how they all will die and is overall pathetic as soon as the predator gets involved, a wussy girl Anna who for some stupid reason thinks the predator is "the jungle coming to life"... and then two others kept mostly in the background I don't have much to say about. Tell me again why the characters of this movie are so loved by people?
Everything with the yautja/predator in this movie though is awesome. I've heard people complain about the opening showing the ship dropping him down on earth because it "ruins the mysticism"... but I don't freakin' care, I don't watch the movie to be scared. For all I care, the movie would have been 3 times better if we followed everything from the predator's point of view. We do that a few times though, learning the helmet has heat vision - and also learning the predators see everything in red without the helmet. Heck, they give hints to the predators having different visions than just those two, as this "Jungle Hunter" (called that by fans) can spot thread wires and see if people use weapons or not. And his plasma shooter on his shoulder, his invisibility device (and occassionally glowing eyes on the helmet), his retractable blades, his med kit, his self-destruction device... so much good stuff we get established in this movie about how the yautja works and operates, which will only be more and more expanded upon in future movies. And of course learning how he's out for trophies and to hunt us for the sake of challenging himself and also do it for honor... it's just great, and a completely unique concept for an alien "invader". Like others point out, he doesn't want to take over the earth, which is surprisingly rare... none of the yautjas are.
And man, the design of these creatures. I am SO thankful they didn't go with the first design, because it really did look silly. But it really does feel authentic with an alien creature being like this, as much as with the xenomorphs from the Alien franchise. Sure, the body structure is very similar to humans, but could have been how they've evolved out of growing intelligent. It's also really brilliant it feels a lot like a mixture of a reptile creature and a arachnid creature. Apparently, it was James Cameron's suggestion to give it mandibles. So... once again, we need to thank James Cameron for contributing to the Alien/Predator mythos. Maybe he should've stopped being a director and move on to being a creature designer instead?
Oh, and here's a fun thing I'd like to point out - you know when the Jungle Hunter walks on the camp after the battle and picks up the scorpion? I love thinking of that that the scorpion looks familiar to a facehugger to the predator, and therefor made him curious. Probably wasn't the intention of the scene, but... that's how I view the scene, and nothing can take that away from me.
So while I hate all the side characters, it's at least a delight to see the predator taking them all out in the second third... except the woman, but that's because she's unarmed. Oh, and I don't honestly get the criticism that they should've all been dropping their guns so that the predator would stop hunting them. Or, well... they do seem to try to run away from it, but... at the same time, they might want to get rid of this creature? Okay, maybe I can sort of get the criticism, but at the same time not.
And it really IS exciting at the end to see Arnold realize mud covers him up, and then tries to figure out a plan to take care of the predator. Though, as for when the predator is taken out and is about to blow himself up... what's up with the evil dracula laugh? It's just really weird and out of place to me. No one seems to talk about this... like, it's alright because it happens in the first movie or something? Fans really are sometimes blinded by what they love...
The music of the movie is just awesome and really memorable - certainly has a memorable and kick-ass theme. And the visual effects are for the most great and very impressive. I dig the fact that the yautja blood is luminous and green, it gives it a unique touch. And overall, I really don't mean to hate this movie. I just don't think it's all that great. It feels a lot of times like a "measuring cocks" movie, especially at the start. It's a really boring scene to me to see them infiltrate that camp to get rid of all of those people and shit, because I don't get the point of any of it. Call me biased, because I really do feel a lot more like I want to learn about the yautjas.
Still, it's an okay movie. I just admire and respect it a lot more for it's influence and legacy than how the movie is by itself... similar to how I feel about Aliens. Wish I had more to say about the movie, but... I really don't.