Predator 2 isn’t a bad movie; it’s just a disappointing one. That’s mainly because it pales in comparison to its predecessor, failing to up the ante in any meaningful way.
Sure, there is more gore and curse words, but the narrative is a mess. Predator 2 is just an amalgamation of better movies from the genre with the adversarial alien added to the mix.
That works just enough for it not to be a total disaster. But, its failure at the box office can certainly be attributed to its slapdash plot and haphazard direction.
Aside from a missing in action Arnold, the most glaring weaknesses of Predator 2 are in the execution of its production. The pedigree just wasn’t the same.
Hence why its box office ($57.1 million) and reviews (30% on Rotten Tomatoes) lagged behind the first.
But, hey, at least the director, Stephen Hopkins, was smart enough not to cast Steven Seagal as the lead.
So, sit back, slice the cap off a Red Stripe with your Smart Disc, and head to the meat packing plant buffet! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Capt. Cash, Mayor McCheese, and Chumpzilla are rolling with King Willie and his heinous henchmen.
This Week’s Segments:
- Introduction/Plot Breakdown – Silent. Invisible. Invincible. He’s in town with a few days to kill. (00:00)
- Lingering Questions – After a word from our brothers in beer at Hop Nation USA, we discuss where this failed to stack up to the 1987 classic. (51:23)
- The “More Victims, More Mutilation” Trivia Challenge – The Double Turn Podcast wins a “First Blood” match against Danny Glover, and then Chumpzilla challenges the field to trivia about the movie. (1:10:39)
- Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We continue “Hops and Hunting Ground Flops” with Shane Black’s misguided return to the property, The Predator. (1:23:48)