Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his team of commandos are sent into the Central American jungles under the premise that they are there to find and rescue survivors from a helicopter crash.
They soon find that the mission is a cover up, but the deception soon becomes the least of their worries as they are hunted by a creature they cannot see or track.
Storyline-wise, there is very little to distinguish Predator for any other bog standard macho flick. Big, beefy men head into the jungle, face an unknown beast and try to get out without damaging those money-making abs.
Predator's success comes down to the creature's unveiling - or rather, the lack of it. During the first part of the film, it is an unknown beast - often heard but never seen. The camera often goes to the creature's viewpoint in thermal imaging and one brief scene unveils Predator's clawed hand. This leads to further scenes of absolute tension, as the audience is fully aware that the masked Predator could strike at any time while the commandos make their way through the concealing jungle.
Despite his recent revival in politics (which has changed his image dramatically), there was - and still is - no-one better than 'Arnie' to play the part of Dutch. His iconic status as the youngest ever Mr. Olympia (a record which he still holds), meant that there was no other person in the world who could have believably taken down such a formidable opponent. Commendations should be made to director John McTiernan who did well to cast other huge men on a similar scale to Schwarzenegger.
McTiernan would later redefine the action genre with Die Hard a year later, but this was certainly a decent place to start.