This is another vehicle for the talent that is Arnold Schwarzenegger, as most of the 80s was. He did action but each of them seemed to have a little bit of a twist that took them just outside the run of the mill action films.
Team this up with John McTiernan who really knows how to direct a half decent action film (Die Hard!) and we have a marriage made in heaven.
What looks like a straight forward action blaster from the start, rescue mission that’s really a cover up for a CIA operation. Lots of gun fire, betrayals, and goodies win out in the end.
But the brilliant twist on this is the addition of one of the best sci-fi protagonists of the 80s, The Predator, and an excellent but sparse script moving the action forward and piling up the tension.
Completely forgot how much I enjoyed this film, and was lucky enough to see it in the cinema when it came out.
The alien proceeds to hunt the special ops group, upping their testosterone at every step, and knocking them off one by one.
Though still don’t really get the bit with Billy near the end, just a bit silly, but then again it is a silly film, good but silly.
The ending is an absolute classic, setting up further films for the franchise.
Going to be watching the whole franchise before Prey hits Disney+ in August, and revisiting the 80s with more Arnie films.
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