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Author Topic: Opening scene  (Read 832 times)

TC
Mar 31, 2020, 02:33:21 PM
Reply #15 on: Mar 31, 2020, 02:33:21 PM
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Also, now that I think about it, without that opening spaceship shot I don't think there's any kind of explanation anywhere in the film as to where the Predator comes from. No one ever refers to it as an alien or speculates about its origin. Am I right?

There's only this:

Anna : When I was little, we found a man. He looked like - like, butchered. The old women in the village crossed themselves, and whispered crazy things, strange things. "El diablo cazador de hombres". Only in the hottest years this happens. And this year, it grows hot. We begin finding our men. We found them sometimes without their skin... and sometimes much, much worst. "El que hace trofeos de los hombres" means "the demon who makes trophies of men".

It seems obvious to us now, but in 1987 maybe John McTiernan thought he owed the audience a definitive answer to that question.

TC


The Old One
Mar 31, 2020, 04:30:06 PM
Reply #16 on: Mar 31, 2020, 04:30:06 PM
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The first time I missed the opening scene.


Kradan
Mar 31, 2020, 06:10:38 PM
Reply #17 on: Mar 31, 2020, 06:10:38 PM
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Personally, I'd be good without it. It's just several brief shots which doesn't really add much . It would make the reveal more effective, I guess.


PredBabe
Mar 31, 2020, 10:03:22 PM
Reply #18 on: Mar 31, 2020, 10:03:22 PM
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I don't think the intro has any real affect on the big reveal at the end, seeing as we get a a few glimpses of the Predator creature beforehand. If anything, it just clues the audience in on the creature being alien, as TC mentioned. He's not just a creature from the Black Lagoon. 


Ronoc
Apr 02, 2020, 01:09:09 AM
Reply #19 on: Apr 02, 2020, 01:09:09 AM
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Yeah, though I think I always assumed he was an alien after seeing it. The tech and his face I guess


Kradan
Apr 02, 2020, 06:14:08 AM
Reply #20 on: Apr 02, 2020, 06:14:08 AM
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This ^^^


PredBabe
Apr 03, 2020, 04:04:49 AM
Reply #21 on: Apr 03, 2020, 04:04:49 AM
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True, the tech definitely gives it away if nothing else.

I still don’t think it ruins the reveal at the end as that was more shocking due to the impressive design and creature effects. Though maybe it would have been more effective for the med kit scene. It’s just foreshadowing though, a quick shot to let people know that something sc-fi-y is going on before jumping into what seems like a typical 90s action flick.

It was probably the best way to include the ship since, at one point, they considered having Dutch and Anytime duke things out right outside the thing.

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OpenMaw
Apr 23, 2020, 10:09:27 AM
Reply #22 on: Apr 23, 2020, 10:09:27 AM
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It is important for general audiences. It's typical Mcternian direction.

This movie is about an alien hunter. Right up front. The next  half hour of movie is concerned with ratcheting the tension. You know there's something, you're just waiting for it to show up.


 

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