Reviewing the Predator Series

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Predator #1: Predator (1987)
Release Date: June 12, 1987
Director: John McTiernan
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Predator is a cheesy, classic ’80s adventure thriller but it is still surprisingly entertaining and suspenseful. Now and again a conventional action movie serves for some wonderful escapism. Predator takes place in a Central American jungle where an elite paramilitary rescue squad are dispatched featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers, but they soon encounter a ruthless alien predator.

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Predator #2: Predator 2 (1990)
Release Date: November 21, 1990
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Predator 2 is simply a terrible movie. The dialogue is corny, the effects would be considered poor even for 1980s television, and the plot is mostly uninteresting. It stars Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Bill Paxton and others. The plot takes place in Los Angeles where a crime wave has taken over the city. One lone police officer is tracking down criminals when he stumbles upon the predator creature.

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Predator #3: Predators (2010)
Release Date: July 9, 2010
Director: Nimród Antal
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Predators is an all-around predictable, ridiculous reboot of the Predator franchise, though I will admit it can be a fun, cheap action flick if the spirit moves. It follows a random assortment of characters who are dropped into a remote jungle with little memory of how they arrived but they are soon hunted by a band of predators for sport. It features a cast of Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, and others.

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Predator #4: The Predator (2018)
Release Date: September 6, 2018 
Director: Shane Black
Studio: 20th Century Fox
The Predator is another boring, widely-panned, hackjob of the Predator series. I only watched this unfathomably stupid and lazy movie to complete my goal of watching all the films in this series. The plot is empty, the dialogue is cheap and rife with cliche, the score is uninspiring, the acting is mediocre, the backroom editing seems to have entirely cut crucial scenes and dialogue, and the special effects look like they are re-hashed from a forgettable 1990s syndicated television show.

Predator movies have continued to be produced into the present-day, including the mind-numbingly campy Alien vs. Predator (2004), and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). After the winking appearance of the Alien Xenomorph at the end of Predator 2, a future crossover was inevitable (and also because 20th Century Fox owned the rights to both franchises). Unlike in the Alien series which is more deliberate and intellectual, the Predator series was always little more than an ’80s testosterone-fueled binge of explosions and one-liners –a fun romp through the jungle with an invisible alien creature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Carl Weathers. The original movie is an entertaining ride that delivers more than a few smiles, but the rest of the series is a complete waste of an idea.

Ranking My Favorite Predator Films

#1 Predator (1987)

#2 Predators (2010)

#3 Predator 2 (1990)

#4 The Predator (2018)

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