Predator 2

Year: 1990

Production: 20th Century-Fox

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Starring: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Ruben Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton

Screenwriter: Jim Thomas, John Thomas

107 minutes; Color

This superior sequel to Predator is a well oiled adrenaline machine. Los Angeles, 1997, is anarchic, with Jamaican and Colombian drug gangs, the LA police and the FBI all at each other's throats. A new alien Predator, drawn by global hotspots, is trophy-hunting there on safari. A Black policeman succeeds where the creepy feds fail, and as a recognition of his valor receives a duelling pistol from yet more Predators who arrive for the finale. Stan Winston's alien design (great mandibles) is threatening and interesting, just right for a New Right Vigilante alien who picks off the bad guys first. Predator 2 is pure and stylish exploitation-movie making, and shows a witty recognition of the same violence-begets-violence syndrome it abets.

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