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First Among Sequels - Predator 2
When I first came up with the idea for this feature, one of the things I wanted to do was look at "first sequels" to famous movies.  Not franchise offerings, but direct sequels...2's.

Over the summer I tried to introduce my boys to some of the wider offerings of the geek-o-sphere.  I recorded movies I thought they'd enjoy.  We watched quite a few of them, but there are some still waiting for us on the DVR.

One of those movies is Predator.

The 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger action classic is one of my favorite action movies of all time.  What starts out as a blood and guns action flick quickly turns into something else altogether when the Predator shows up and starts picking off members of the elite military unit.

It was the juxtaposition of action and sci-fi made the movie what it was.  

So, Sunday afternoon while I was knocking out some domestic duties, I turned on the recorded Predator 2.

Set in the far flung year of 1997 (movie was released in 1990), drug and gang violence are running rampant in Los Angeles.  One renegade cop is standing up to them.  That cop?  Danny Glover.

That's right, Predator 2 is Roger Murtaugh vs. The Predator.

Once again, we have the Predator dropped into what is essentially a genre movie.  You know what?  It works.  Not as well as the original, but it works.

Part of what makes it work is the sheer quantity of 90s character actors in the movie.  I think the casting call was "can you convincingly hold and/or fire a gun?"  Among those in the movie are Robert Davi, Maria Conchita Alonzo, Rueben Blades, Adam Baldwin and, in his first post motorcycle wreck role, Gary F*N Busey.

Seriously.

The casting is great.

I won't ruin the ending, just in case you haven't seen the movie, but its damn near perfect.  Let's just say Arnold wasn't their first Earthly opponent.

Predator 2 was never going to win any awards.  Its not as good as the original, but its status as a cult classic is well earned.











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