Predator 2 (1990)
Starring: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Kevin Peter Hall, Rubén Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton
Directed by: Stephen Hopkins
Written by: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min
This is one of those (for me at least), guilty pleasure movies. A ‘classic’ for those that appreciate down-to-earth underrated action films that seemingly ignore sequel rules and pursue their own sense of style.
Predator 2 isn’t so much the follow up to the Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner, as it is Predator 1 from an alternate dimension. The same basic premise, but with an entirely new cast of characters and a new location. The actual jungle, replaced by the urban hellhole that is downtown Los Angeles during a heat wave (though everyone is wearing think jackets for some reason). Resulting in a bombastic over the top sci-fi actioner that isn’t quite as good as the first installment, but still a lot fun to watch.
As sequel beasts go – this is somewhat unique. Pretty much everything that made the first installment a classic isn’t strongly represented here. Apart from the original Alan Silvestri Score, and the titular alien beast. Beyond that, this is all new – and that’s why this film is kind of cool – I honestly didn’t miss Arnold at all. It expands our knowledge of these predatory alien hunters, and delivers the bloody violence. A Job well done!
Danny Clover is perfect as the no-nonsense hard-ass cop defending his crew in pursuit of justice, as is Gary Busey as the quasi crazy government operative looking to capture the visiting alien. The dialog and performances are admittedly, over the top, but therein lies this film’s charm. It’s clichéd nonsense and very violent, but also (thankfully) self-aware.
Expect over the top action and occasionally cheesy dialog. Predator 1 v2.0 is rated R for bloody violence and brief nudity.
This kind of film is best enjoyed in HD with some friends and brews!
Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) is hot on the trail of the Predator alien, and one after the other, they crash through an old couple’s apartment. The lady’s response after Harrigan tells her he’s a cop, is priceless.