Predator 2

Predator 2

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Director: Stephen Hopkins

Cast: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Ruben Blades

     
 

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This special effects-heavy science fiction sequel moves the action from the first film's Amazon forest to the urban jungle of L.A. Danny Glover stars as Lt. Mike Harrigan, an LAPD detective baffled by his latest case, the ritualistic slaughter of several drug dealers by a devastating killer who leaves no traces. As Harrigan and his partners, Danny Archuletta (Ruben… See more details below

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This special effects-heavy science fiction sequel moves the action from the first film's Amazon forest to the urban jungle of L.A. Danny Glover stars as Lt. Mike Harrigan, an LAPD detective baffled by his latest case, the ritualistic slaughter of several drug dealers by a devastating killer who leaves no traces. As Harrigan and his partners, Danny Archuletta (Ruben Blades), Leona Cantrell (Maria Conchita Alonso), and Jerry Lambert (Bill Paxton), try to figure out who or what killed the criminals, FBI investigator Stephen Keyes (Gary Busey) attempts to warn the team away from investigating further. When two of his team are killed in a particularly grisly way, Harrigan uncovers the truth -- their quarry is an alien creature that hunts humans for sport. Attracted to violence, its latest choice of prey is gun-toting Jamaican drug dealers. Keyes and his team know all about the nasty extraterrestrial and its bloody pastime because they've been studying it for ten years, and they've come up with a possible means of dispatching the beast. When that plan backfires, however, it comes down to Harrigan and an extremely irritated otherworldly foe, slugging it out in a rooftop confrontation.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Predator 2 is one of those solid sequels that gets the short end of the shaft when people tend to talk about this series, which is really too bad because it delivers the Predator goods in a fun and pleasantly different way. Not only does it continue the creature's mythology, but it also has a fresh story that's full of big action, gobs of style, and more than enough spooks to get you on the edge of your seat. It also isn't afraid of over-the-top indulgence, as with the lightning striking the monster and the few cornball lines where the Predator actually talks (used solely as a nod to the first film). Written by the same writing duo as the first film, Predator 2 extends a further mystery to the character, but just like its predecessor, the movie hinges on gusto action performances -- supplied here by a rough and buff Danny Glover and his motley team of tough butt-kickers, amply filled out by Rubén Blades, Maria Conchita Alonso, and freshly riding on his newfound Aliens fame, Bill Paxton. While Paxton is a little much, he still milks likability out of his brash character, while the other two make more of a mark here than in most of their other film roles combined. Aided by a few other inspired casting choices, including Morton Downey Jr., a scene-chewing Gary Busey, and Calvin Lockhart as the classic Jamaican drug lord King Willie, the film is littered with colorful actors spouting off iconic dialogue left and right. With a charging Alan Silvestri score that carries over the original themes while consistently moving the action forward, the film is graced with a rhythm that rarely lets up. Drawbacks include some uneven optical effects and a laughable performance by the #2 FBI baddie, Adam Baldwin, who's front row in one of the most blatant Aliens rip-off scenes in movie history. Still, Predator 2 knows what it needs to be and it provides the gory goods in full, thanks to some superb direction by Stephen Hopkins, who later moved onto more serious fare in his career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/2009
UPC:
0024543589112
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
19,057

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Writers Jim Thomas and John Thomas; ; Audio Commentary by Director Stephen Hopkins; ; The Hunters and the Hunted Featurette; ; Exclusive Featurettes: Evolutions, Weapons of Choice, Hard-Core Segments; Promotional Gallery; Original TV Spots

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Glover Mike Harrigan
Gary Busey Peter Keyes
Rubén Blades Danny Archuletta
Maria Conchita Alonso Leona Cantrell
Bill Paxton Jerry Lambert
Kevin Peter Hall The Predator
Robert Davi Heinemann
Adam Baldwin Garber
Kent McCord Captain Pilgrim
Morton Downey Pope
Calvin Lockhart King Willie
Jackie Burch Actor
Ferne Cassel Actor
Richard Anthony Crenna Actor
Charles Haugk Charlie
James Ishida Actor
Alex Chapman Actor
Stephen Kahan Sergeant
Henry Kingi El Scorpio
Corey Rand Ramon Vega
Elpidia Carrillo Anna
Lilyan Chauvin Irene Edwards
Michael Mark Edmondson Gold Tooth
Teri Weigel Colombian Girl
Gerard G. Williams Subway Gang
John Cann Subway Gang
Michael Papajohn Subway Gang Member
Lou Eppolito Patrolman
Sylvia Kauders Ruth
Charles David Richards Commuter
Julian Reyes Juan Beltran
Casey Sander Federal Team
Pat Skipper Federal Team
Carmine Zozzora Federal Team Member
Valerie Karasek Reporter
Chuck Boyd Reporter
David Starwalt Reporter
Abraham Alvarez Reporter
George Christy Reporter
Lucinda Weist Reporter
Billy Williams Paramedic
Paolo Tocha Detective
Nick Corri Detective
DeLynn Binzel Hooker
Tom Finnegan Officer
Patience Moore Officer
Kashka Jamaican
Jeffrey Reed Jamaican
Carl Pistilli Cop on Phone
Vonte Sweet Sweet
Ronn Moss Jerome
Brian Levinson Anthony
Diana James Leona's Friend
Beth Kanar Woman Officer
Paul Abascal Cop
Michael Wiseman Cop
William R. Perry Subway Gang Leader

Technical Credits
Stephen Hopkins Director,Score Composer
Jackie Burch Casting
Terry Carr Co-producer
Ferne Cassel Casting
John Davis Producer
Gary Lee Davis Stunts
Scott Eddo Makeup
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Lawrence Gordon Co-producer
James M. Halty Stunts
Geoff Hubbard Art Director
Joel Hynek Special Effects
Tom Joyner Co-producer
Lloyd Levin Executive Producer
Michael Levy Executive Producer
Peter Levy Cinematographer
Bert Lovitt Editor
Louis Mann Set Decoration/Design
Alan Manzer Set Decoration/Design
Richard Mays Set Decoration/Design
Michael Mills Makeup
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Ken Pepiot Special Effects
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Joel Silver Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Jim Thomas Screenwriter
John Thomas Screenwriter
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Suzanne Todd Associate Producer
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Westmore Makeup
Stan Winston Special Effects

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