on 1 April 2006
Predator 2 is a bit of an underrated sequel. It's vastly different to the first Predator film but offers so many new things. The film takes place in LA where drug lords are being killed and chaos has overrun the city. A Predator, drawn by heat and conflict, finds its way there and starts killing people. The film offers plenty of insight into the predator's background and shows off its new weaponry and vision modes. We also get to look at a Predator ship and how can anybody forget the infamous Alien skull in the ship. Danny Glover plays the lead role and he plays it excellently. It's a far better film than AvP in every aspect but I am glad a special edition of this film was released. I guess that was thanks to AvP.
Special features are plentiful in this set. There's plenty of featurettes, and other extras. There's also a couple of commentary tracks. I listened to the Director's one and I found it quite interesting. One thing I did note is that he said Predator 2 was originally rated NC17 in the US and they had to cut quite a few gory shots out of it. It's a shame this footage never made it to the DVD and I suspect this will be the only special edition we'll ever get of this film.
'Silent, Invisible, Invincible. He's in town with a few days to kill.' Has there ever a tagline cooler than this? I'm telling you there hasn't. Long, long, long underrated Predator 2 seems to be finally getting the recognition and respect it deserves. Why all of a sudden? Because when standing next to the extremely crap AvP, it looks like pure gold to those miserable cynics who disregarded it when it first came out because Arnie was not in it. Fair enough, a Terminator, Conan or even Commando film without Arnie just wouldn't work. But the 7-foot tall, Rastafarian, otherworldly hunter is the star of this film and this time round he gets much, much more screen time. We all know what the Predator is so Stephen Hopkins shows off this ace instead of hiding it up his sleeve.
The year is 1997 and the City of Angels is boiling under a 109-degree heatwave. Columbian and Jamaican drug lords have turned the streets into a war-zone. The police are out-manned and out gunned and incompetent. The last thing they need to deal with is the Predator.
The titular hunter has returned with an increased arsenal of weapons and is keen on slicing and dicing the aforementioned druggies for fun. During a brutal gun-battle on the streets he watches Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover), a slightly-crazed renegade cop, blow away half a dozen Columbian scumbags and chooses him as his ultimate prey. Naturally, Harrigan and his ethnically diverse team of cops have enough problems without having to worry about their skulls ending up in the Pred's intergalactic trophy cabinet.
Making matters worse is faux-DEA Agent Peter Keyes (Gary Busey) who pretends to be after the druggies but is really more interested in swiping the Pred's advanced technology. Yeah, good luck with that! From start to finish Predator 2 is brash, unsubtle, in-your-face wall-to-wall action. A hectic, breathtaking succession of non-stop, increasingly exciting set-pieces. The final 45 minutes will you wetting yourself with excitement I kid you not. While Hopkins (fresh from his Nightmare on Elm Street 5 debut) has remained constantly employed he's never really become a star director, which is a shame since he has a slick, cartoonish style and is far more talented than most other anonymous directors. Like John McTiernan did in the first, he provokes a dusty, sweaty and overbearingly hot atmosphere in the daytime scenes and an alien, Gothic feel to night (pun intended). The way he captures LA on film just makes you NEVER want to go there.
Fans of Alan Silvestri's score of the first film can take comfort in the fact that all of his cool themes are back (they were rudely ditched for the awful AvP movies) and more evolved. It's probably the most engaging score he's done. His Latin drums, sinister, shrieking, Hermann-esquire strings, yawning, haunting urban sound effects and occultist voodoo chants dominate every scene and give each one its own unique voice.
But it ain't just that. Everything from set-design and cinematography to sound-design and film editing is nothing short of brilliant. If you think I'm overreacting just watch the film and see for yourself. There's nothing mass-produced or conveyor-belt about Predator 2. Twentieth Century Fox chucked loads of money at it to make it the most sophisticated sequel it could be. Everyone involved seems to have made a huge effort and done their absolute best.
It's sad that action films like this are not made anymore. Predator 2 is a classic, the kind of movie that feels torn straight from the pages of a 1950's pulp detective novel and crossed with a Twilight Zone episode. 5/5, no doubt.
This Blu Ray looks and sounds brilliant.
on 8 June 2014
PREDATOR 2: New director, new cast, new style, completely new playground. More or less the same story.
Danny Glover makes a great substitute for Arnold Schwarzenegger - a very different character - a superb choice. Rubén Blades and Maria Conchita Alonso can be seen as fellow cops, also appearances by several familiar faces: Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Robert Davi and some from TV shows Adam Baldwin and Kent McCord all deliver good performances.
Behind the camera John McTiernan was replaced by Stephen Hopkins whose best work up to now is PREDATOR 2.
The scenery is changed from the jungle to Downtown L.A. during a heat wave (we get a little global warming propaganda courtesy of your concerned Hollycrap leftists).
The Special Effects are very good - although notably tamed down by the MPAA. Don't bother looking for the Unrated version - there is none. The movie still is pretty bloody, it sure is no PG-13.
A very good sci-fi/action movie with some humorous scenes, criminally underrated.
Reviewed version: 2011 Warner Bros. UK Blu-ray
Feature running time: 107 mins. (cut by the MPAA - uncut not available)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16x9
Audio: English DTS 5.1, French 5.1, German 5.1
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, French, German
Extras: Commentaries, Featurettes, Gallery
Region: A, B, C
Picture quality: 4/5
Audio quality: 4/5
on 18 May 2016
Predator 2 is an amazing Alan Silvestri's follow up/sequel score. It's vastly different to the first Movie sound but offers so many new things. It has plenty of insight into the original background but with the city composed & orchestrated side effect and shows off the Predator being the lead role of a score due to Kevin Peter Hall, Stan Winston but more about the music not the movie. This wouldn't at all be the same without Alan Silvestri's Composing & Orchestrated this sound for both Predator films. It is only 45 minutes unlike the first at 1 hour & 16 minutes but will be loved by the fans. Most of all even if you only own the Predator soundtrack this must be the next item on your list as complete collection.
on 23 December 2007
What is wrong with people? Predator-1 had more Arnie than Predator. This movie simply has more Predator. It also greatly expanded the Predator universe and franchise. It introduced a whole new bunch of Pred weapons, tactics and behavior which never ever seemed out of place and were perfect fits. It explored their race further. The urban (steel jungle?) setting contrasts against the previous jungle setting and is a major plus for this movie. This movie was also extremely realistic and gory. All in all, this movie is fantastic and a few ignorant critics just want to bring it down by comparing it with the uniqueness of the original.
Predator 2 see's the location change from the steamy jungle in Pred 1 to the Urban Jungle. Danny Glover of Lethal Weapon fame takes the lead role a lieutenant in the LA PD caught up in a drug war between two rival gangs in LA. Throw into the mix a "government" group who seem to be taking over the investigation and a Predator who is on the roaming the city and you have the backdrop for this film.
The Blu ray transfer of this film is very good. Its a clean, sharp and clear copy and unlike its predecessor shows little to no grainyness. The audio track is also HD and a real joy. Unlike so many older films that find there way to blu-ray there are extras on the disk although they are SD they are a welcome addition. My theory is SD Extra's are better than none.
So if the price is right for you, then at the moment there isn't a better vesrion of this movie and to be honest this version is pretty darn fine.
on 11 February 2014
nothing like the first one at all was a real let down, the first one is so good i thought this one was bound to be even more brilliant, but it was a total let down. there were a few good bits but mainly was just boring, the story seemed to be so mudled its like they couldnt decide wether to make it about south american drug dealers gettin killed or these other men with super weapons. they tried to make it about both meaning it was to confusing there was just to much going on it was a bit of a head spin, it got to the point where it was like watching and saying "oh yes more random killer"
wouldnt bother, just stick to predator 1!
on 27 September 2014
OK it's not the first predator with Arnie, but it has Gary Busey and he's a legend! The thing that ruins this film for me is the setting. The jungle setting of the first movie made it much more exciting to me. It's a shame but this Predator is at the bottom of the heap for me. Still worth a watch though.
on 28 December 2008
I'm a huge fan of the Predator films, the first more-so, but I was skeptical of making this my first blue-ray acquisition, because the film is more than fifteen years old. However, I was more than happy to be proved wrong, which I was. Both the visuals and the audio are exceptional, the menu screen is also slick and stylish while remaining easy to navigate. If Predator 2 isn't in your collection, then buying it on blue-ray is the way to go.
on 13 August 2013
A gritty, entertaining, and action-packed follow up. Long, long, long underrated Predator 2 seems to be finally getting the recognition and respect it deserves. Why all of a sudden? Because, when standing next to the extremely shit AvP, it looks like pure gold to those miserable cynics who disregarded it when it first came out because Arnie wasn't in it.Fans of Alan Silvestri's score of the first film can take comfort in the fact that all of his cool themes are back - they were rudely ditched from AvP - and more evolved. It's probably the most engaging score he's done. His Latin drums, sinister Hermann-esque strings, haunting urban sound effects and occultist voodoo chants dominate every scene and give each one its own unique voice.
But it ain't just that. Everything from set-design and cinematography to sound-design and film editing is nothing short of brilliant. If you think I'm overreacting just watch the film and see for yourself. There's nothing mass-produced, or conveyer-belt, about Predator 2. Twentieth Century Fox chucked loads of money at it to make it the most sophisticated sequel it could be. Everyone involved seems to have made a huge effort and done their absolute best.
It's sad that action films like this are not made anymore. Predator 2 is a classic, the kind of movie that feels torn straight from the pages of a Fifties pulp detective novel and crossed with a Twilight Zone episode. And it definitely earns the well-deserved Gator MacReady Claw of Approval.