John McTiernan's "Predator" (1987) is a classic action sci-fi.
Directed by a true master of heart-pumping action, John McTiernan, Predator is an entertaining marriage of action and science fiction. This is a honed-down action film without pretense. Thanks to some spine-tingling camera work, the deep rain forest setting comes alive. The innovative use of special effects make this film stand out from the average blood and guts action film. Using a point-of-view technique previously reserved for horror films, Predator gives the viewer a digitized stalking perspective of the ghastly Predator. One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's best roles, the film lets him fly some of his patented one-liners, but for the most part he's restrained. The wily supporting cast includes such colorful characters as Bill Duke, Carl Weathers, and Jesse "The Body" Ventura. While not without its structural flaws, the film stands the test of time: a stylish unbridled action film that ranks extremely high in its genre.
Mike DiBella, All Movie Guide
US, color, sound, 107min, 1987