Great Moments In Film – Predator (1987)
Predator is everything an action sci-fi movie should be. Simplicity is the key here: a bunch of top of the line American soldiers are caught in the jungle after a mission and must square off with a seven foot tall alien with superior weaponry (including a cloaking device). What more do you need? Again, simplicity is important in Predator. Case in point is this scene early in the movie. Here we meet the commandos during their helicopter ride to go to work. It tells us everything we need to know about the men: what their personalities are like, who likes/trusts who (and who doesn’t like/trust one another), who’s in charge, etc. Granted, just about everyone in this scene is cannon fodder for the before mentioned giant alien, but I digress. In three minutes, this scene reveals more of this particular group’s dynamic than some films do in their entirety. Not bad for an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
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