Solid sequel but Danny Glover is no Arnold Schwarzenegger and feels too "old" for this shit. I miss more continuity from the original but the film do have some great visuals and make-up effects and a more detailed view of the Predator in his glorious battle suit. Some inspired visual shots also help. Sadly, the ending is anti-climatic and the guy playing the voodoo dude is one of the worst actors I have seen.
This movie is actually pretty fucking good, considering it's premise. Who the hell thought that bringing a Predator into Los Angeles and making it kill stereotypical jamaicans and mexicans only to go head to head with an old cop who is afraid of heights would be a good idea? Because it is a terrible idea, really, and yet the movie manages to be entertaining and serious-ish. Also the Alien easter egg was dope.
A few (in fact many) notches below its titular original bruh. The metro sequences are some of the best sequences shot underground in a subway system (loved the way they play with light). The house of Colombian Kingpin Vega had a late 80s/early 90s exotic suaveness. A bit of Carpenter, DePalma and McTiernan throughout. Quite moving to see Bill Paxton's act (shed a tear or two) Young Adam Baldwin & Gary Busey>swell af.
Silly and completely ridiculous although guite fun in parts. Glover hams it up and even "out-chews" Busey which is kind of a mean feat. The action is pretty solid but the effects are hit and miss. The story has potential but serves up too many illogical plot turns to remain plausible. Still if you adjust your expectations there is fun to be had.
I had a bootleg of P2 as a kid which might explain the nostalgia for a film that would have seemed bad taste in the 70s. It finds its way into farce and Los Angeles Plays Itself, but the idea of Predator hunting game in high casualty war zones is amazing. It reminded me of an era when even bad studio movies more than occasionally displayed technical bravado. 2.5
Ultimately silly and brainless, but also surprised me how entertaining this turned out to be. Really nice L.A. scenery, fairly good action, and pulpy elements. The only thing that ruins this is Danny Glover and his ridiculously over the top sucky acting. Ok, maybe I'm too harsh, but there's something about his gestures and comedic expressions that annoy me to no end.
Predator 2 is all kinds of early 90s awful but since it was ingrained into me at a formative age I'll probably love it until the day I die. A speed-freak Bill Paxton, pre nutjob Gary Busey and a 14 into his 15 minutes of fame Morton Downey Jr all add to Predator 2's dated nonsense, even if it tried to be what was at the time a futuristic period piece. (Awful costume design, by the way.) Silly, fun-to-quote crap...