Ahh, Predator. This film really has no right to exist, let alone be as excellent as it is. The plot, where an elite commando force on a "rescue" mission is set upon by a light-bending alien superpredator to their immense regret, is the stuff of C+ Dolph Lundgren fare, yet somehow it all comes together perfectly. Good acting, great action, and downright claustrophobic suspense keep the plot buzzing right along. This movie could be 90 minutes long, it could be 160..I really don't know, it's so easy to get swept up in it. The special effects are as great today as they were when the film first came out, and are sharp and crisp on the DVD. Who would have thought infrared vision would allow for such a range of effects? From the first time we see the predator's huge paw as it picks up the cooling, almost stylized form of a dead scorpion, to the blood-red haze surrounding Arnold as the beast batters him into submission, our own world becomes as alien and terrifying as the creature inhabiting it. The film starts as a buddy flick, turns into "Commando" and then segues neatly into "Alien" without any loss of purpose or momentum. In addition to the innumerable classic one-liners you'll be repeating for the rest of the day ("I ain't got time to bleed," "Here we are again, bro..same kinda moon, same kinda jungle..," "Ol' Painless is waitin'") each character has their due. Mac (played by Bill Duke) does a wonderful turn as the mournful buddy of Jesse "The Governor" Ventura, madly murmuring to himself as he chases the Predator into the jungle the same lyrics to the rock music that so triumphantly accompanies them into the jungle in the first place. Carl Weathers does a good job as a CIA man of mixed loyalties, and of course Arnold is perfectly cast as Dutch, the team leader. This is a guy flick, let's not pretend otherwise, but it is not a dumb guy flick (either the guy, or the flick). Check it out.