|Directed by:||Stephen Hopkins|
|Written by:||Jim Thomas, John Thomas|
|Cast:||Kevin Peter Hall, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Rubén Blades|
So I guess I can understand not wanting a rehash of the first one and try something new, but I just donāt think they went in the right direction. Like leaving out any future governors. I can understand why they didnāt bring Arnie back, butā¦ā¦Danny Glover? Iām sorry but Glover is a boring actor. Besides the Lethal Weapon movies and of course Angels in the Outfield (duh), he just isnāt a very interesting person to watch.
Another bad idea was the drastic change of atmosphere. One of the coolest things about the first was the jungle setting, and now weāre in the big city? Did this particular Predator just pick the short straw or something? Why would you want to āhuntā there? And heās not even really hunting anymore at this point. He just scopes out the place until he sees some gunplay and then decides to jump in the middle of it all. It doesnāt feel like heās stalking his prey anymore, instead heās going in and fucking the place up without much subtlety at all.
There is definitely a fair amount of blood and gore, and a few cool kills. And it probably sounds weird, but my absolute favorite thing about this movie is the āWant some candy?ā voice capture. I donāt know why but I have always loved that. Itās funny in a twisted way, because he says it right before killing someone, but itās also kind of sounds creepy in a way, which I loved.
Bill Paxton once again brings his āannoy the alien to deathā approach, but actually didnāt get on my nerves as much he did in Aliens. At least this time he did have some funny jokes. My favorite joke: āSo I went to the doctor for a physical and he told me he needed a sample of my urine, stool and semen. I said to him, āHey doc, Iām kind of in a hurry. Mind if I just leave you my underwear?ā
BOTTOM LINE: Meh. I mean Iāve seen worse but this is so much weaker than the first and I didnāt really have as much fun with it as others seem to. It either doesnāt care about why the first one was so good or is just trying way too hard NOT to be the first one. Didnāt hate it, but canāt say I liked it either. 4.5/10