Best movie of this year hands down!
Nice effects though.
It is a performances centric movie
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
Writers Jim Thomas & John Thomas take their formidable alien hunter character from one kind of jungle to another, in this tale of gang warfare in 1997 L.A. The Colombians and Jamaicans wage bloody battles, with each other and the cops, and one good cop (Danny Glover) and his cronies are frustrated that they can't seem to make headway. This is really an ideal environment for the Predator; it will have no shortage of worthy targets.Expect a lot of bloodshed, a lot of weaponry, and a lot of in-your-face action in this lively sequel that portrays a slightly futuristic Los Angeles that is quite over the top in terms of violence. It begins with a genuine bang, and rarely offers let-ups - the pacing is definitely first-rate. It does harken back to the first film at times, and also strongly echoes "Aliens" towards the end. It does also take viewers a little further into the culture of the Predators, and teased fans with the possibility of a future "Predator" / "Alien" mash-up with the sight of a Xenomorph skull in a Predator trophy room (this, of course, first came to pass 14 years later).Glover is fairly amusing in a VERY intense, profane portrayal, with Ruben Blades and Maria Conchita Alonso offering fine support. Gary Busey is good as the shady government man who claims to be with the D.E.A. but in fact has a different agenda altogether. Bill Paxton typically steals his scenes in a very Private Hudson-esque performance. Kevin Peter Hall once again plays the murderous title creature, in what was sadly one of his final performances. Morton Downey, Jr. is appropriately cast as a sleazy, loudmouthed journalist. Calvin Lockhart has a regrettably brief cameo as Jamaican drug lord King Willie. Other familiar faces like Robert Davi, Adam Baldwin, Kent McCord, Steve Kahan, Henry Kingi, Lilyan Chauvin, and Teri Weigel also turn up.Composer Alan Silvestri doesn't just repeat himself here, which is good; he expands upon his familiar themes from the original film. And the production design by Lawrence G. Paull is top notch, both in terms of the crime-ridden L.A. streets and the design of the Predator spacecraft.It's of course not meant to be innovative in the slightest. It's just good, tough, straightforward, hard-edged action entertainment.Seven out of 10.