Review #168 - Predator 2 (1990)

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Plot: The monstrous alien is at it again. This 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.

Genre: Action/Crime/Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Awards: -
Runtime: 108min
Rating: M18 for bloody violence, profanity, and nudity.




If Predator 2 were to be accused of lacking something, it would be the spirit of its predecessor. John McTiernan's Predator was one of the most memorable sci-fi thrillers in the late 1980s. Predator 2 is the opposite - one of the most forgettable. In the tradition of bad sequels, Predator 2 has none of the thrill of the original, and more unfortunately, none of the fascination that the Predator creature once offered to moviegoers.

Combined with appalling acting, and 'cheap' special effects, and lots of unnecessary blood and gore, we get something similar to an awful scare fest. It ends rather well for a bad movie (we get to go into the Predator mothership). However, the rest of the movie fails at almost every level. A critic sums up best, "
The perfect example of how to bury a franchise quickly and efficiently."

SCORE: 5/10

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