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Predator 2

July 8, 2010

Predator 2 
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writer: Jim Thomas/John Thomas 
Producers: Joel Silver/Lawrence Gordon/John Davis 
Starring: Danny Glover/Gary Busey/Maria Conchita Alonso/Ruben Blades
Year: 1990
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 108 minutes

Last time it landed in the jungle. This time, it’s chosen Los Angeles. Ravaged by open warfare between rival drug gangs, L.A. is the perfect killing ground for the Predator, who is drawn by heat and conflict. When the police find mutilated bodies, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan thinks it’s the work of the feuding gangs. Then a mysterious government agent arrives and orders him to stay off the case. Instead, Harrigan sets out to learn what is really going on, and comes face to face with the savage alien in a climatic, electrifying confrontation…

“This time, it’s open season…on all of us!”

After watching the brilliant first Predator movie, I must admit that I didn’t really have high hopes for this movie and I was right in doing so. The story is quite weak and has been done before in the first movie except for this time, it’s in Los Angeles. The characters weren’t written very well as you really couldn’t care what they had to say or what happened to them at all. The acting was mediocre, Danny Glover gives out a great performance as usual in most of his movies but it’s a shame that it can’t be said for the rest of the cast who starred in this disastrous sequel. The writing wasn’t really very good at all and the direction wasn’t bad but it could have been better. There were some good action sequences but that’s all Predator 2 really has to offer. All in all, a disappointing and pointless sequel to the brilliant Predator.

I really wanted to like this, I really did but I just couldn’t get into it at all. I thought there were some okay scenes but it just wasn’t enough as the story starts off weak and remains so to the end. I thought the acting was very average, Danny Glover did a good job as usual but the rest of the cast were pretty bad. It’s very unfortunate for Danny Glover as his talents are just wasted in this movie. I think one of the big problems with Predator 2, except for the story, was the characters in the movie. I just didn’t really care for any of them! I didn’t care what they said, I didn’t care whether they would stay in the movie or not, I just couldn’t care for any of them. Everything was just bad except for Danny Glover and some of the scenes done in the movie. If you loved the first one and think the second one will be bigger and better, stop thinking that because it’s not. If you keep your expectations very low, then there’s a chance you may enjoy this, however I didn’t. If you like sci-fi horror movies, you might like this.

Below average! Danny Glover’s performance picks the movie up from the ground and some of the scenes in the movie further lifts it up but overall, it’s just not a good sequel at all and is totally pointless.


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