Throwback Thursday: Siskel and Ebert Review “Predator”

“Nothing like it has ever been on Earth before. It came for the thrill of the hunt… It picked the wrong man to hunt.”

It seems difficult to believe, but this week marks the 30th anniversary of the sci-fi/action favorite Predator. Just in case you somehow haven’t seen this epic moment in pop culture, here’s a quick primer: Arnold Schwarzenegger (“get to da choppa!”) stars as the commanding officer of an elite military unit sent to the Central American jungle on a rescue mission. But he and the fearless members of his team — including Carl Weathers, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, and Bill Duke — quickly find their mission and their lives jeopardized by something they couldn’t possibly imagine…namely that they’re being stalked by a bloodthirsty extraterrestrial hunter. As they square off against the Predator and his ability to use advanced alien technology (like an incredible ability to camouflage himself), the men struggle to save alive as the mysterious monster tries to kill them all for sport.

Yeah. It’s awesome. But what did the most influential critics of all time think of it? Find out in the above segment from At the Movies in which Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert review Predator. Do you agree with their assessment of this iconic action flick? Why do you think the film has endured for three decades? With a sequel is currently in the works from Shane Black, who co-starred in the original film before becoming one of Hollywood’s most interesting writer/directors, it seems like the Predator’s hunt will continue for years to come. Sounds great to me.