STARRING: Danny Glover, Garey Busey, Ruben Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, Kevin Peter Hall

1990, 108 Minutes, Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

Description: 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?

Dumb 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!

That 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 repetitive affair.

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 . . .



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