Movie Number- 79
Title– Predator 2 (1990)
Branden’s Rating– 6 out of 10
Bridgette’s Rating– 7 out of 10
Average Rating– 6.5
Netflix Rating– 3 Stars
Comments– I thought the premise for this one sounded even cooler than the first movie, and though I still think that is true, this one lacked a bit in terms of execution. The premise for this sequel is that the predator has moved from the jungles of Central America into the urban jungle of Los Angeles. It takes place 10 years after the first movie (a 1997 LA was not a pretty place by 1990 standards), but never really explains HOW the predator got to LA; well, it never really explains how anything happens in the Predator series, so that is nothing new. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been replaced by Danny Glover, who does a decent job but is nowhere near as “tough guy” as the Governor. The supporting cast does a decent job, including Bill Paxton and Gary Busey. This one seemed to drag a bit toward the end which is what took it from a good to a memorable movie. I think it was a strong enough follow-up to Predator, but I also think a whole lot more could have been done with the excellent premise of a 1997 Los Angeles. Memorable-Good.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.