Danny Glover, Garey Busey, Ruben Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton,
Kevin Peter Hall
1990, 108 Minutes, Directed by: Stephen Hopkins
Near-future L.A. (circa 1997) is an ultra-violent playground for the
invisibility-cloaked alien that hunted Arnold Schwarzenegger in the previous
film. Because Ah-nuld was busy making Total Recall, Danny Glover is cast as the
maverick cop who defies a government goon (Gary Busey) to curtail the alien's
inner-city killing spree. But why bother, when the victims are scummy Colombian
drug lords? —
action movie set in a gang-infested Los Angeles of the near
future (1997 actually!). Danny Glover (of Lethal Weapon
fame) is a cop who has to cope with both drug gangs and an alien
(the "predator" of the title) killing them off and
collecting their skulls as trophies. "He's in town with a
few days to kill," as the movie poster proclaimed!
Swcharzenegger didn't bother reprising his role from the previous
Predator movie for
this sequel should be a dead give away. Lots of violence and
gore. Despite a fine moment of movie intertextuality as it is
revealed that the Predator has an alien (from the Alien movies)
skull as a trophy, this movie is an otherwise predictable and
Awfully derivative too, as we have seen this
sort of thing in countless other movies. For example, the
interior of the Predator's space ship closely resembles the
interior of the alien ship whose distress signals the crew in the
first Alien movie intercepted and where they discover
the alien eggs.
Not to mention
improbable as Glover gets slugged around a hell of a lot by the Predator.
Bit like Swcharzenegger in the previous film I suppose . . .