Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Penny Thoughts ‘12—Predator 2 (1990) ***

R, 108 min.
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Starring: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Rubén Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, Robert Davi, Adam Baldwin, Kent McCord, Morton Downey Jr., Kevin Peter Hall

I always liked “Predator 2” more than the first one. It’s a better-made film. Not that it’s really a good movie either, but director Stephen Hopkins does a good job punching it up a notch. Again, it’s silly and ridiculous, but it’s also fun to see Danny Glover, at the height of his “Lethal Weapon” fame, going solo. I’m just waiting for him to say, “I’m too old for this shit,” when I’m watching this one.

It’s also nice to see another “Lethal Weapon” alum apparently hired to do what he did in that movie, but more so. That would be Gary Busey. There’s no psychotic like Busey psycho, is there? Bill Paxton, as well, get’s to go balls out here. Paxton is an actor that has totally left his shoehorned beginnings behind. There’s a hint of the serious performer he would become in the scene where Glover gives him “The Speech”. He turns all meek for the only time in the movie and you can see that Paxton has a little more going for him than Chet from “Weird Science”.

I like the setting change from the jungle to the urban jungle. I love how they set it seven years in the future to explain how crime has gotten out of control in L.A., turning it into a virtual war zone. Ah, some screenplays wish it were always the year in which the film was made. No, violence never quite got to the point depicted in this movie; but hey, maybe that’s why the Predator never came to hunt there.


Emily Caswell said...

Now I want to watch it again. I like this one, too. It is completely ridiculous in so many ways, but very entertaining. One of my peeves is the Alien skull in the ship...I still have a problem with that. WOULD Aliens have skulls? Don't they have exoskeletons? Anyway, I watch this one in rotation with the Alien movies on a regular basis and enjoy it every time.

Andrew D. Wells said...

That skull was the beginning of the end for the Alien franchise. That image combined with the Dark Horse comic book got the notion in the FOX conglomerate head that a team up movie could work. They tried to rush "Alien 3" after that. They tried to get an aborted Alien vs. Predator movie into theaters by 1993. That fell through. Somehow Alien: Resurrection happened, and by the time AVP finally did make it into production they'd handed it over to one of the worst filmmakers of the video game era, Paul W.S. Anderson. But that's for my next post.

Emily Caswell said...

Yeah, I own both of the AVP movies and they do NOT play in my rotation. The second one in particular really stinks. It's a shame that the franchise went in that direction.