Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1987. Twentieth Century Fox, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Silver Pictures, Davis Entertainment, Amercent Films, American Entertainment Partners L.P., Estudios Churubusco Azteca S.A.. Screenplay by Jim Thomas, John Thomas. Cinematography by Donald McAlpine. Produced by John Davis, Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver. Music by Alan Silvestri. Production Design by John Vallone. Costume Design by Marilyn Vance. Film Editing by Mark Helfrich, John F. Link. Academy Awards 1987. Golden Globe Awards 1987.
A team of deadly commandos are sent into the South American jungle by the CIA on a suicide mission to rescue some downed airmen from terrorists. Upon arrival they discover that the hostages are already dead, prompting them to tear the place apart in a vicious scene of violence that really sets the film up for the terror that follows it. These guys might be tough, but they have no idea what’s really waiting for them in the jungle: an extraterrestrial predator that can render itself invisible and begins to prey on them one by one. Luckily, one of the men on the team is Arnold Schwarzenegger, and he’s not about to let this mean mother take him out. Not as exciting or inventive as the Alien movies, particularly in the rather lackluster design of the villain (who mostly just looks like a man in a suit), this one’s strengths lie in John McTiernan’s well-paced direction and the lush photography of Mexico’s jungles.