Film (1990). Gordon/Silver/Davis/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Stephen Hopkins. Written by Jim Thomas, John Thomas. Cast includes Maria Conchita Alonso, Ruben Blades, Gary Busey, Danny Glover, Kevin Peter Hall and Bill Paxton. 107 minutes. Colour.
This superior sequel to Predator is a well-oiled adrenaline machine. Los Angeles (see California) in 1997 is anarchic, with Jamaican and Colombian drug gangs, the LA police and the FBI all at each other's throats. A new Alien Predator (Hall), drawn by global hotspots, is trophy-hunting there on safari. A black policeman succeeds where the creepy feds fail, and as a recognition of his valour receives a duelling pistol from yet more Predators who arrive for the finale. Stan Winston's alien design (great mandibles) is threatening and interesting, just right for a New Right Vigilante alien who picks off the bad guys first. Predator 2 is pure and stylish exploitation-movie making, and shows a witty recognition of the same violence-begets-violence syndrome it abets. The novelization is Predator 2: A Novel (1990) by Simon Hawke. [PN/DRL]
see also: Cinema; Monster Movies.
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