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Predator 2

Predator 2

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There are so many reasons why this movie should have been bad. First of all, they replaced the biggest action star of the 80's (and arguably of all time) with Danny Glover. With all due respect to Mr. Glover, he's not Arnie (in the action department). He was great in Lethal Weapon, but is playing an old, worn-out cop. The Predator requires a worthy opponent.

Additionally, the element of surprise is completely gone. There is no mystery about who and what this thing is.

Despite all of that, this movie actually succeeds on many levels.

Danny Glover beefed up for this movie and plays hard-ass cop Mike Harrigan perfectly. He's a no-nonsense kind of guy who is dead-set on catching his man, even if it means bending a few rules!!!

Gary Busey and Bill Paxton are also well-cast as their usual over-the-top-crazy types.

But what really made this movie standout was the setting. The guys who wrote this must have known they couldn't go for a jungle again, and simply doing it in a city wouldn't be enough. They really amped it up. Imagine the excessively violent, decrepit, society depicted in Robocop, but drop a Predator in instead. It was pure genius.

Without giving too much away, the opening scene is a shootout between the cops and the bad guys in this warzone of a city. One of the baddies snorts a bunch of coke before going on a rampage. It is just so ridiculous you can't help but love it.

This movie was also unique in the sense that it gives us our first peek into the world of the Predators.

Rating: Thumbs up.