Predator was released in 1987. The movie did so
well at the box office, that it warranted two sequels
and a number of spin-offs. Predator 2 was released
in 1990, Predators in 2010, Alien vs. Predator in 2004,
and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007. The original
movie starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer.
The movie received mixed reviews from critics (Roger
Ebert gave it 3/4 stars). Regardless of the mixed
reviews, it was a box office success.
In this movie, an
elite military team is inserted into a Central American
jungle in order to rescue a presidential cabinet member
who had been kidnapped by guerillas. While
searching for the victim, the group finds the wreckage
of a crashed Army helicopter, and the bodies of Special
Forces soldiers, that had been skinned and hung from
trees. After tracking the guerillas and attacking
their compound, Dutch's group realizes that there was
never any kidnap victim, but instead the mission was a
ploy to attack the compound.
As the movie progresses, the team begins
to realize that something out there in the jungle is
tracking and killing them. It turns out to be an
alien that has a love for hunting and killing prey that
can fight back. Once Dutch realizes that the alien
will only fight those with weapons, he ditches anything
high-tech and begins fighting by fashioning weapons from
the environment around him. The alien, who
recognizes Dutch's bravery, gives up his weapons and
camouflage as well for hand-to-hand combat. In the
end, Dutch barely defeats the alien, an barely escapes
with this life as the alien blows himself up with a huge
bomb at the end of the movie.