***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!
Predator 2 – 2 out of 5
Boy, it’s been a long time since I’ve watched the follow up to Arnold instructing us to get on the choppa that is Predator 2. And you know what? It’s just as bad as I remember it!
After Jesse Ventura proved that while he didn’t have time to bleed, his character did have plenty of time to die, that alien race of hunters with a face that looks like a nightmarish version of a vagina is hitting the big city of LA. A massive heat wave hit the city and every gang and their grandmother is out to lay claim to their territory. The police officers have their hands full and their hands only become fuller when the gang members start getting murdered in a strange way, including some who get skinned. Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) who isn’t too old for this type of shit learns that an alien dude with dreadlocks is on a killing spree…a killing spree that includes taking out Gary Busey and his gigantic teeth and Bill Paxton in his pre-tornado chasing day.
|Yep, their face is a giant, fucked up vagina. Teach that in abstinence class and |
kids will stop having sex FOREVER!
The first Predator film is amazing! Some amazing comics have been released since then but the films have been lackluster since. After the 2nd film, the Predators got to take on the Xenomorphs from Aliens thanks to demands from nerds and their conflict was captured in some great comics, some mediocre video games and two awful movies that proved to be more unintentionally humorous than epically bad-ass. Before the alien hunter got some form of redemption thanks to the 2010 Predators, they were involved in an awful mess that took place in L.A.
|"Um, guys? I can't see out of my helmet."|
The mystery and the suspense elements that compromised the first film is abandoned for more
|"More pit sweat" - yelled the director.|
|Three people died on set after Downey snapped them in two with his teeth.|
The only real highlight that Predator 2 offers up and the only reason I will every decade or so pop this film in is the final moments of the film where Lieutenant Harrigan ends up in the Predator’s ship, sees a Xenomorph's skull (a prelude to the awful AvP films) and, after handing the Predator’s dreadlocked ass to it, is greeted by several more Predators only to discover that despite their enjoyment of skinning things alive, are capable of honor and allow Harrigan to leave unharmed…well, unharmed in the fact that they didn’t provide addition harm to the harm the first Predator put on him.
|Blue light isn't good on Busey...in fact, even darkness is too much light for him.|
|"I'm too sweaty for this shit."|
|I thought I said blue light was awful on Busey--oh wait...that's a Predator.|
Sure this movie can and does suck. Sure it is, at times, eliciting a chuckle out of me rather than something like, “Hey, that’s awesome!” and sure it doesn’t even belong in the same genre, same league or even same shelf space as the first film…but the last ten minutes is really good. So, at least it has that.
|Yes, I watch the entire movie for this shot...and I am fully aware that you can skip|
chapters on DVDs.