Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’87, video, DVD, 19 Mar 2007, 3 Sep 2013 and 3 Jul 2019)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A group of elite soldiers are sent to Central America to save hostages from the local militia and encounter something that seems to be from another world that slowly begins to hunt them.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out during the summer of ’87.
I was 13 and this was during the 80’s where action films like this were so much fun to go and see on the big screen largely due to the way that the stories felt original and unique.
Anything starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was always high on the list.
I went to see this with a good friend of mine who lied to his parents as to what movie we were seeing.
For some reason I still can’t understand, my parents never limited me and didn’t care of I went to action films even if they were rated R.
Ever since then, this has been among my favorite Arnie films (and there are some great ones) and it remains a guilty pleasure for me.
This is a great action sci-fi film that somehow even after 30+ years works better than any or all of the sequels put together.
Perhaps this is due to the fact that it’s an original idea while all of the other just tried to emulate the premise of this film and weren’t able to even come close.
Arne is superb in this role and he is able to not only show off his muscles, but shows that even he can act.
The story presented here is quite original and they create characters that are pretty good matches for the alien.
This is very different from the rest of the films in the series where most of them win due to luck and not their predatory skills after just about everyone is slaughtered beforehand.
The score of this film by Alan Silvestri is great and helps add so much tension and suspense as the story moves along.
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This is a film filled with lots of action, Arnie one-liners and a great match-up between two powerful warriors which is able to skin things down to a natural level of combat via the use of the elements and nature.
Bottom Line – Great action sci-fi film that works better than all of its sequels put together. Arnie is superb in this role and gets to show off his acting qualities along with his action hero persona. The story is quite original and the characters actually seem like a good match against this alien (unlike in the rest of the films where it all feels like a pure slaughter.) The music is quite iconic and helps raise the tension and suspense as things move along. The film is filled with lots of action, Arnie one-liners and an intriguing match-up that skins things down to a very natural level of combat. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jesse Ventura was delighted to find out from the wardrobe department that his arms were one inch bigger than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s. He suggested to Schwarzenegger that they measure arms, with the winner getting a bottle of champagne. Ventura lost, because Schwarzenegger had told the wardrobe department to tell Ventura that his arms were bigger. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)
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