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Predator 2
Predator two.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Produced by
Written by
Based on Characters created
by Jim Thomas
John Thomas
Starring
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Peter Levy
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • November 21, 1990 (1990-11-21)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million[1]
Box office $57.1 million[2]

Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action-horror film written by brothers Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover, Ruben Blades, Gary Busey, María Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel to Predator (1987), with Peter Hall reprising the title role of the Predator.

The film received negative reviews, despite earning a moderate return at the box office grossing $57 million worldwide, and was considered a disappointment compared to the previous film's $98 million gross on a smaller production budget. It has, however, become a cult film among fans. A sequel followed 20 years later in 2010.

Plot

In 1997, Los Angeles is suffering from both a heat wave and a turf war between heavily armed Colombian and Jamaican drug cartels. A Predator watches a shootout between the police and Colombians, observing as Lieutenant Michael R. Harrigan charges into the firefight to rescue two wounded officers and drive the Colombians back into their hideout.

The Predator assaults the Colombians, causing a disturbance that prompts Harrigan and his police detectives Leona Cantrell and Danny Archuleta to defy orders and enter the hideout. They find the Colombians have been slaughtered. Harrigan pursues the crazed gang leader onto the roof and shoots him in self-defense, believing him to be attacking Harrigan, when the latter panickedly opens fire at the camouflaged Predator. Harrigan himself catches a glimpse of the alien, but dismisses it as an effect of the extreme heat and his acrophobia. At the station, Harrigan is reprimanded by his superiors for his defiance. He is introduced to Special Agent Peter Keyes, leader of the task force investigating the cartels, and Detective Jerry Lambert, the newest member of Harrigan's team.

Later that evening, several Jamaican cartel members storm the Colombian drug lord's penthouse. After they ritualistically murder him, they are slaughtered by the Predator. Harrigan's team enter the penthouse where they find the Jamaicans' skinned corpses suspended from the rafters, noting the similarity to the earlier Colombian massacre. Keyes arrives and kicks Harrigan's team out. Archuleta later returns to continue investigating. After he finds one of the Predator's speartip weapons in an air conditioning vent, the lurking Predator kills him. Harrigan vows to bring down Danny's killer, believing they are dealing with an assassin. Forensic analysis reveals the speartip is not composed of any known element on the periodic table. Seeking answers, Harrigan meets with Jamaican drug lord King Willie, a voodoo practitioner, in an alley. King Willie tells Harrigan that the killer is supernatural, and that he should prepare himself for battle against him. Harrigan, even more puzzled, leaves before the Predator kills King Willie, taking his head as a trophy. For Harrigan's persistence, the Predator begins to mark him as his ultimate hunting challenge.

Tracing a lead indicating Danny's killer had recently been in a slaughterhouse, Harrigan arranges to meet his team at a warehouse district to investigate. Cantrell and Lambert take the subway to the rendezvous when the Predator, hunting Harrigan's subordinates, suddenly attacks during a standoff between a gang and a group of vigilantes. The Predator kills the gang and multiple vigilantes; Lambert faces off against the Predator and is killed. Cantrell is spared after the Predator's scan of her body reveals that she is pregnant. Arriving on the scene to find numerous armed civilians dead in addition to Lambert, Harrigan chases the fleeing Predator but is intercepted by Keyes' men. Keyes reveals that the killer is an extraterrestrial hunter with infrared vision that uses active camouflage and has been hunting humans for sport throughout armed conflicts, most recently in Central America. Keyes and his team have set a trap in a nearby slaughterhouse, using thermally insulated suits and cryogenic weapons to capture it for study.

When the Predator arrives, the trap is sprung. However, the Predator uses its mask to scan through various electromagnetic wavelengths to identify the light from the team's large flashlights. It easily outmaneuvers and slaughters the men before heavily wounding Keyes. Harrigan then attacks the Predator, badly wounding it before it rallies, destroys his weapon and closes in. Harrigan is saved by the sudden reappearance of Keyes, who tries to incapacitate the alien but is killed by its throwing disc. The Predator chases Harrigan to a roof and the two foes clash, leaving them hanging from a ledge. The alien activates a self-destruct device on its forearm which Harrigan then severs using the throwing disc, rendering the device harmless. The Predator falls through an apartment window, treats its wounds and flees through the building.

Harrigan follows it down an elevator shaft and finds a spacecraft in an underground chamber. Inside the ship, after Harrigan briefly glimpses a trophy room with various skulls (including a Xenomorph), he and the Predator face off in a final duel ending when Harrigan finally kills the Predator using its throwing disc. Several other Predators suddenly appear, collecting their dead comrade, and one of them presents Harrigan with an antique flintlock pistol as a trophy. Harrigan escapes from the ship as it takes off. He reaches the surface just as the remainder of Keyes' team arrives. As Keyes' subordinate Garber curses their lost opportunity to capture the alien, Harrigan privately muses that the creatures will return.

Cast

  • Danny Glover as Lieutenant Michael "Mike" R. Harrigan, an LAPD Officer who is investigating rival Jamaican and Colombian drug cartels. He is very stubborn and often is criticized by the superior officers for not obeying orders.
  • Kevin Peter Hall as The Predator, a member of a warrior race which hunts aggressive members of other species for sport, uses active camouflage, a plasma weapon and can see in the infrared spectrum. Hall also played the Elder Predator, the leader of the Predators at the end of the film.
  • Gary Busey as Special Agent Peter Keyes, posed as a DEA agent leading a special task force investigating a drug conspiracy as a cover for his attempts to capture the Predator.
  • Ruben Blades as Detective Danny Archuleta, a member of Harrigan's team and a long time friend of his.
  • María Conchita Alonso as Detective Leona Cantrell, an LAPD cop involved in the Jamaican-Colombian gang wars.
  • Bill Paxton as Detective Jerry Lambert, an LAPD cop, transferred from another precinct into Metro Command. His role is often that of comic relief.
  • Lilyan Chauvin as Dr. Irene Richards, the chief medical examiner and forensic pathologist of Los Angeles. She aids Harrigan, in spite of being completely cut out of the official investigation by Keyes' team.
  • Robert Davi as Deputy Chief Phil Heinemann.
  • Adam Baldwin as Garber, a member of Keyes' task force.
  • Kent McCord as Captain B. Pilgrim, an LAPD cop and Harrigan's immediate boss.
  • Morton Downey, Jr. as Tony Pope, a journalist who reports the gruesome and murderous homicides left by the Predator. He is constantly criticized by the police for interfering with investigations.
  • Calvin Lockhart as King Willie, the boss of the Jamaica Voodoo Posse. He appears to be psychic because of his voodoo beliefs.
  • Elpidia Carrillo reprises her role as Anna Gonsalves from the first film in a cameo appearance. She is seen aiding government agents in a video tape, showing the devastating after-effects of the Predator's self-destruct device to the U.S. Army. Carrillo filmed an additional scene in which she talks to the camera and describes the events of the first film, but this scene was cut.

Production

Due to a dispute over salary, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred as Dutch in the first film, declined to return to the sequel.[3]

In Predator 2, the main Predator was designed to look more urban and hip than its predecessor. Design changes included tribal ornamentation on the forehead, which was made steeper and shallower, brighter skin coloration and a greater number of fangs.[4] Describing the new Predator's design, Stan Winston said, "Broad concept's the same. The difference is, this is a different individual. A different individual of the same species. As in a snake is a snake, but different snakes are different. Their colorings are different, different parts of their characteristics, their facial structures, subtle differences."[5] The MPAA initially gave Predator 2 an NC-17 rating, so several cuts were made to bring it down to an R rating.[6]

Reception

The film received mostly negative reviews, though reviewers were generally impressed by the casting of Danny Glover as an action hero. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an approval rating of 28% based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8/10.[7] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]

The reviewers for The Washington Post were split: Rita Kempley enjoyed the film, saying she felt that it had "the dismal irony of RoboCop and the brooding fatalism of Blade Runner", and felt Glover "brings an unusual depth to the action adventure and proves fiercely effective as the Predator's new nemesis."[9] Desson Howe felt the film was "blithely unoriginal" and numbingly violent, but also praised Glover's ability to bring warmth to the center of a cold film.[10]

In her review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin called the film "an unbeatable contender" for the "most mindless, mean-spirited action film of the holiday season".[11] Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert, in giving the film two out of four stars, suggested that it represents an "angry and ugly" dream. He also felt that the creatures' design had racist undertones where "subliminal clues [...] encourage us to subconsciously connect the menace with black males."[12]

Although it had negative reviews, Predator 2 is seen as a cult classic among fans.[13] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[14]

Box office

Released on November 21, 1990, Predator 2 was #4 at the US box office in its opening weekend, with a gross of over $8 million behind the films Dances with Wolves, Three Men and a Little Lady, and Home Alone. The film grossed a total of $57 million, $30 million of which was from the USA.[2] The worldwide box office revenue totaled $57,120,318 in ticket sales.

Other media

Novelization

A novelization of the film written by Simon Hawke was released on December 1, 1990 by the publishing company Jove.[15] The novelization provided a small amount of information regarding the fate of "Dutch" from the first film. Keyes recalls memories of speaking with the battered Major while infirmed in a hospital, suffering from radiation sickness. "Dutch" is said to have escaped from the hospital, never to be seen again. Furthermore, the novel tells a great deal of the story from the Predator's point of view, such as its humiliation of having its mask removed by Harrigan, and its reasoning for not killing Cantrell due to its discovery of her pregnancy.

Soundtrack

Alan Silvestri returned to score the sequel, conducting the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. Whereas the first film did not have its music released until years later, a soundtrack album for the sequel was issued on December 11, 1990 from Varese Sarabande. On December 1, 2014, the label issued Predator 2: The Deluxe Edition.[16]

Home media

Predator 2 was released on VHS in 1991,[17] on DVD in 2003,[18] a two-disc special edition in January 2005,[19] and on Blu-ray on June 9, 2009, in North America.[20]

Video games

The film was adapted twice as a video game; the first for computer in 1990 and the second for Sega Genesis in 1992.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Predator 2". The Numbers. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Predator 2 (1990)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Arnold Schwarzenegger - Money Stopped Arnold Schwarzenegger Starring In Predator 2". Contactmusic.com. June 8, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Jody Duncan & James Cameron (2007). The Winston Effect: The Art and History of Stan Winston Studio. p. 336. ISBN 1-84576-150-2. 
  5. ^ The Making of Predator 2 (Documentary). 20th Century Fox. 1990. 
  6. ^ Byrd, Matthew (14 August 2017). "15 Movies That Were Originally NC-17". Screen Rant. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Predator 2 (1990)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Predator 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  9. ^ Rita Kempley, 'Predator 2', Washington Post, November 21, 1990, Accessed January 6, 2011.
  10. ^ Desson Howe, 'Predator 2', Washington Post, November 23, 1990, Accessed January 6, 2011.
  11. ^ Janet Maslin, Predator 2 (1990) Review/Film; The Quarry: Humans, The New York Times, November 21, 1990, Accessed January 6, 2011.
  12. ^ "Roger Ebert, Film Review for Predator 2". suntimes.com. November 21, 1990. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  13. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (2015-04-29). "Danny Glover: Action Movie Star Opportunity Missed?". Indiewire. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  14. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. 
  15. ^ Predator 2: A Novel at Amazon.com
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 28, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ "New Video Releases". The New York Times. May 16, 1991. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  18. ^ Gross, G. Noel (February 9, 2003). "Predator 2". DVD Talk. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  19. ^ Gross, G. Noel (January 31, 2005). "Predator 2: SE". DVD Talk. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  20. ^ Zupan, Michael (June 20, 2009). "Predator 2 (Blu-ray)". DVD Talk. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 

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