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Predator 2 (Definitive Edition, DVD)
Member Name: giksy21
Predator 2 (Definitive Edition, DVD)
Date: 05/02/13, updated on 05/02/13 (39 review reads)
Advantages: great strory, good effects
Disadvantages: Glover not strong enough
A proud history
"What would I possibly be able to tell you about this film that you don't already know? It's a classic action movie featuring Arnold schwatzen.... no wait, that was the first film. What was Predator 2 like?"
This viewpoint is shared by more people than you would think, such is the legacy that has been left by the first film in the series. It hit our screens at the right time, way back in 1987 when I of course, was only a nipper. Everyone back then loved an action movie. Arnie, Sly stallone and Van Damme All made a good living, despite being rather poor actors, because they looked how I imagine I look after several beers.
Predator was slightly different, in that it had a plot. Not a great one, but it was in there somewhere. bad ass group of killers go into the jungle, and are picked off one by one, until our hero is left alone. He then overcomes the odds, by surviving and killing the thing that was hunting them. Brilliant.
It was very well done, quite well written, had buckets of blood, was scary and generally it was a rip roaring ride, with very few dull moments. It seemed that the latest big money franchise had been found. The potential was there for it to become as successful the film that was to become it's twin in later times, Alien. But somehow it went wrong, but as a fan of the movie myself, I just don't know how.
Kevin Peter Hall ... The Predator
Danny Glover ... Lieutenant Mike Harrigan
Gary Busey ... Peter Keyes
Rubén Blades ... Danny Archuleta (as Ruben Blades)
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Leona Cantrell
Bill Paxton ... Jerry Lambert
Robert Davi ... Captain Phil Heinemann
Adam Baldwin ... Garber
Kent McCord ... Captain B. Pilgrim
Morton Downey Jr. ... Tony Pope
Calvin Lockhart ... King Willie
Stubborn Los Angeles cop, Lt Mike Harrigan (Glover.), is struggling to keep control of the streets. Colombian and jamaican drug lords are at war, and the are armed to the teeth. Harrigan has been fighting these guys for some time, and they are tough hombres.
During one chase, Harrigan follows the colombians, only to find them all dead in horrific circumstances. even though he had seen them shortly before this. Who would do this? Who could do it? The one Colombian's that escaped is pursued by Harrigan to the roof, where he he is shot down when seemingly scared senseless by something. when The lieutenant turns he sees the blurred outline of a man, that he thinks is a trick of the light. Little did he know that what he saw was one of the greatest hunters the world has ever seen. A predator.
My two cents
On it's release in 1990, the film was generally considered to be a disappointment, and received fairly negative reviews. It reached number 4, and probably broke even in terms of revenue. That said, I personally believe it to be on par with the first predator. Ok, so Glover would not have been my first choice for the action hero role, but he pulls off a passable performance, and manages to bring a little humour, that is so greatfully received in this type of movie.
The story is a good one. In the original, the predator hunted a select group. the jungle, however did not provide him with the veritable feast of targets that Los Angeles does. Different situations call for different tactics. hence they have evolved the predator in this movie. rather like the Alien it's twin movie adapts to the human environment, the predator adapts his hunting technique. This is a definite plus for me.
Bill Paxton, who off the top of my head, is the only actor to feature in a film from the Alien franchise and the predator franchise, is very good in this film. He plays a similar character to Hudson from Aliens. he is a bit wacky, but in the end his heart is in the right place. He has great on screen chemistry with Glover, and also with Maria Conchita Alonso, who plays Leona Cantrell. Especially in their initial scenes, where he learns she is not a girl to mess with!
The film is not without faults. Glover lacks the leading man cutting edge of Schwartzenegger or Stallone. They ooze character, and can take complete control of any role. Although Danny plays the role to a decent level, I can't help but feel that Someone With a bit more of a history in action movies may have been better. He almost stumbles through this one, though on the whole it is quite enjoyable.
The ending of the film is superb, and in that scene, we learn that the predators have been playing these games for centuries. The scene when Harrigan receives a pistol from 1715, left me thinking that there was definately going to be a sequel. And perhaps there would have been, had the films reception been better. However I think that it's poor box office performance was the first step towards the action movie graveyard. Perhaps the film was a little ahead of it's time, or a little too late. Whichever it is, it seems that the film is destined to be predators ugly sister. unfairly placed outside with the trash, largely forgotten when it should have been so much more.
Summary: great film sadly forgotten about