In 1987 when the first Predator came out I think that it really solidified Arnold the Governator's film career. He had already made several iconic turns (The Terminator, Commando, etc) but in this film we see what is actually a very original and intelligent take on an old genre: the monster movie. Predator is many things but ultimately its about a monster hunting down and killing this team of mercanaries in different horrendous ways. Its tight and straight to the point and very entertaining and a perfect vehicle for Arnold. Predator wouldn't be predator without him. He's the only man you could believe might actually be able to go head to head with one of these nasties and come out victorious.
Predators is at least as good as the first film. It might be better. It is certainly better than Predators 2. I don't want to say a whole lot about the film because like the original it is fairly simple and straightforward but I also don't want to ruin any of the twists or surprises. Its a good action romp. If you like or loved the first film you should go watch it. Adrien Brody is really well cast. As shocking as it might seem he's put on some pounds and spent alot of time in the gym and its paid off. He's no Arnold but half of what makes the film good is the changing of the guard. It didn't work with Danny Glover, it was too hard to accept that Roger Murtaugh could have ultimately killed a Predator all by himself, let alone survive the whole film. But going in a different direction from Arnold with Adrien really paid off big time. The entire cast seems right for the most part.
This film does what all sequels want to do, recapture the feel of the original and yet build upon the mythology that was established. This does that very well and it sets itself up for a sequel so we could be looking at a few more trips down predator lane. Lets hope they're as good as this one.