Predator: The Hunted

   

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Predator wreaked havoc in the jungle and struck box-office gold, so Hollywood logic dictated that Predator 2 should raise hell in the big, bad city. Los Angeles, to be specific, and this near-future L.A. (circa 1997) is an ultra-violent playground for the invisibility-cloaked alien that hunted Arnold Schwarzenegger in the previous film.

   
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Predator 2

Released
1987

For many people who saw Predator and liked it, this might be a bit of a disappointment. However, for those of us who saw the first Pred flick and loved it, this is another cool installment from the deadliest alien to grace the silver screen.

This time his victims range from Colombian and Jamaican drug lords to gang members to cops. Equipped with even more advanced weaponry, the Predator goes on the rampage in LA, thrilling us with some great action scenes. The film also shows us the deadly being has an honourable and sympathetic side to him - a truly great hunter.

Check it out, it's a good action movie with plenty of thrills and spills. (look out for the skull of an alien from the ALIENS movies in the Pred's trophy cabinet)

Review by Amazon Reviewer Aonghus of Dublin, 30 December 1998

 

Alien was followed up by the even better Aliens. Predator, even better than them both, was followed up by this, the worst of the lot. Let's hope Predator 3 is better.

Predator 2 is merely your average nineties rogue cop movie with all the boring ingredients (the "I'll do things MY way" cop in the lead, the no-nonsense female who makes fools out of the men who try to chat her up, bloody shoot-outs, drugs, harrassed and packed police station)... it's so damn boring and predictable. But the scenes with the Predator are so superior they could be from another film. Tense, exiting, scary... the alien creature is just as intriguing and terrifying as before. The climatic battle between it and Danny Glover is great.

However, ALL the characters are annoying and 2D, and the train attack scene is not half as exiting as it should have been. It's a boring, average cop movie spliced with bits of a great alien-on-the-loose movie that should have been so much better.

Review by Amazon Reviewer Kevin of Norwich, 15 March 1999

   


Produced by:
20th Century Fox

Released:
19 November, 1990 (USA)

Taglines:

  • Silent. Invisible. Invincible. He's in town with a few days to kill.
  • Hunting season opens again.
  • This Time... Los Angeles, 1997.

Plot Outline:
The monstrous alien is at it again. This in time in Los Angeles, he leaves a trail full of dead bodies, and the only man who can stop him this time is Lieutenant Mike Harrigan of the LAPD (Danny Glover).



Genre:
Action / Sci-Fi / Thriller

Certification:
Australia: M, UK: 18, USA: R

USA Box Office:
$30,669,413

Filming Locations:
Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco; California, USA

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Credits

Cast (in credits order)

Kevin Peter Hall
Danny Glover
Gary Busey
Rubén Blades
Maria Conchita Alonso
Bill Paxton
Robert Davi
Adam Baldwin
Kent McCord
Morton Downey Jr.
Calvin Lockhart
Steve Kahan
Henry Kingi
Corey Rand
Elpidia Carrillo
Lilyan Chauvin
Michael Mark Edmondson   
Teri Weigel
William R. Perry
Charlie Hauck (I)
Sylvia Kauders
Charles David Richards
Julian Reyes



The Predator
Lieutenant Mike Harrigan
Peter Keyes
Danny
Leona
Jerry Lambert
Captain Phil Heinemann
Garber
Captain B. Pilgrim
Tony Pope
King Willie
Sergeant
El Scorpio
Ramon Vega
Anna
Irene Edwards
Gold Tooth
Columbian Girl
Subway Gang Leader
Charlie
Ruth
Commuter
Juan Beltran

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins
Produced by: John Davis, Lawrence Gordon
Writing credits: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Original music by: Alan Silvestri (click here to go to the Predator Soundtrack section)
Produced by: 20th Century Fox
Special Effects by: Howard Anderson Company, Pacific Titles & Optical, R/Greenberg Associates, Inc., Stan Winston Studio [us], VCE (Visual Concept Entertainment), Video Image (video & graphic displays, Predator P.O.V.)

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Predator 2     DVD

Sequel to the action-packed blockbuster, Predator, replaces Arnold Schwarzenegger with Danny Glover and the jungles of Central America with the urban backdrop of Los Angeles.

Glover is Harrigan, a seasoned LAPD liutenant trapped in a war-infested heat wave as Columbian and Jamaican drug cartels attempt to wipe each other out. Little do the cops or the drug posses know, there is a new player in town: The Predator. The creature is even more deadly the second time around as he packs an even larger arsenal of weapons that he uses to take out everyone in sight. While the police believe that the gruesome murders are the work of the rival gangs, Gary Busey's government operative who is posing as a DEA agent is after something else. When Harrigan calls for a meeting with the Jamaican drug lord, King Willie, he soon begins to realize that he may be dealing with something other than rival dealers. Willie seems to believe that it is a supernatural force.

Predator 2 is not the epic suspense thriller that the first film was but it does have fun with its story. Glover is chasing his alien nemesis all through out the city before tracking him down to a slaughterhouse where the creature disposes of an elite unit of governemnt agents in record time. There isn't a lot of plot to be found in the concluding act of the film (or anywhere else for that matter) but if you're the kind who likes for the action to tell the story then you won't be dissapointed.

This DVD edition of Predator 2 isn't particulary remarkable. You get the film's theatrical trailer and a nice little featurette from the promotional days of the film but not much else. I still would have liked to see some deleted footage or maybe an audio commentary but seeing as this movie was only a marginal success in its theatrical run, I should have expected as much.

Review by Amazon Reviewer Crazy Jim from Massachusetts, December 31, 2003

Produced by: 20th Century Fox
Released: 25 January, 2001
Format: Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1 / Region 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
Extras: Theatrical trailer(s), >"Predator 2: Creating the Ultimate Hunter" featurette

   

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Predator 2 (Special Edition)     DVD

With this Special Edition DVD, the FX are not as fresh as they were in the original movie, but they are still adequate for the story and action. The Predator, when visible, gets more screen time than he did in the first film, and genre fans will be delighted to see that Stan Winston and his staff manage to make him look just as cool as before.

In short, PREDATOR 2 is not as fresh, classy, or suspenseful as its progenitor, but Danny Glover -- who, though no Arnie, is a talented and interesting actor -- creates an urban hero who is both compelling and sympathetic.

THE DVD from Fox offers a nice anamorphic Widescreen transfer and good Dolby Digital sound, and in addition to the theatrical trailer, the extras include a pretty cool behind-the-scenes featurette that was filmed during the movie's original production. Good movie and good DVD, but be sure to also get the DVD version of the even better original PREDATOR.

Produced by: 20th Century Fox
Released: January 25, 2005
Format: Closed-captioned, Collectors edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc, Widescreen Anamorphic, Region 1 / 1.85:1
Extras: Commentary by director Stephen Hopkins, Commentary by writers Jim Thomas and John Thomas, All-new documentary: The Hunters and the Hunted, Three behind-the-scenes featurettes: The Predator Goes to Town, International Featurette, Creating the Ultimate Hunter, Predator 2 Evolutions: special effects development clips, Predator Weapons of Choice: weapon analysis clips, Trailers and TV spots, 'Hard Core' full-length mock news reports from the movie, Behind-the-scenes still photo gallery

   

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