Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Predator 2 (1990)

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Starring: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Ruben Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, Kevin Peter Hall, Robert Davi, Adam Baldwin, Kent McCord, Morton Downey Jr.

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He's in town with a few days to kill.

Plot: Lt. Harrigan (Glover) is a cop fighting the good war against drugs. But recently, the major drug lords have been killed off in a very brutal fashion. His superiors tell him to stay out of it, but Harrigan knows that something is wrong. His instincts are right when he discovers that the person behind the murders is none other than the Predator, the human-hunting alien who likes to make trophies out of his victims' skulls. But how can Harrigan stop the Predator when it can turn invisible and kill him without him knowing it?

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? I don't know.

If this didn't have so many patchy spots of drag it'd be a whole lot better. Then there's Danny Glover. I love this guy but he's trying to hard to be the edgy, tough cop who gruffly whispers every line. It's bad enough that you've got the awesome Gary Busey talking like that. They sound like when they were born, the doctor slapped them on the ass and put a lit cigarette in their mouths and they didn't miss a day without a smoke ever since. P2 has a fun cast and the premise is good enough to warrant a better picture than what was delivered. It's nice having Alan Silvestri back for the score. His themes from the first picture are iconic enough that they would have been missed if he hadn't been on board. I don't know. I like this picture but I couldn't help but feel like it could've been so much more. By the time I got to the end I was more than ready for it to stop and that's not a good sign. Nice trailer, though.

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