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Predator 2 (1990)



Critic Consensus: The thrill of the hunt is gone in this hackneyed sequel.

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This special effects-heavy science fiction sequel moves the action from the first film's Amazon forest to the urban jungle of L.A. Danny Glover stars as Lt. Mike Harrigan, an LAPD detective baffled by his latest case, the ritualistic slaughter of several drug dealers by a devastating killer who leaves no traces. As Harrigan and his partners, Danny Archuletta (Ruben Blades), Leona Cantrell (Maria Conchita Alonso), and Jerry Lambert (Bill Paxton), try to figure out who or what killed the criminals, FBI investigator Stephen Keyes (Gary Busey) attempts to warn the team away from investigating further. When two of his team are killed in a particularly grisly way, Harrigan uncovers the truth -- their quarry is an alien creature that hunts humans for sport. Attracted to violence, its latest choice of prey is gun-toting Jamaican drug dealers. Keyes and his team know all about the nasty extraterrestrial and its bloody pastime because they've been studying it for ten years, and they've come up with a possible means of dispatching the beast. When that plan backfires, however, it comes down to Harrigan and an extremely irritated otherworldly foe, slugging it out in a rooftop confrontation. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Danny Glover
as Lieutenant Mike Harrigan
Gary Busey
as Peter Keyes
Ruben Blades
as Danny Archuleta
Maria Conchita Alonso
as Leona Cantrell
Bill Paxton
as Jerry Lambert
Robert Davi
as Heinemann
Kent McCord
as Captain Pilgrim
Calvin Lockhart
as King Willie
Steve Kahan
as Sergeant
Henry Kingi
as El Scorpio
Corey Rand
as Ramon Vega
Lilyan Chauvin
as Irene Edwards
Teri Weigel
as Colombian Girl
Stephen Kahan
as Sergeant
Louis Eppolito
as Patrolman
Julian Reyes
as Juan Beltran
Carl Pistilli
as Cop on Phone
Ron Moss
as Jerome
Lou Eppolito
as Patrolman
Diana James
as Leona's Friend
Beth Kanar
as Woman Officer
William R. Perry
as Subway Gang Leader
Alex Chapman
as Subway Gang Member
Gerard G. Williams
as Subway Gang Member
John Cann
as Subway Gang Member
Michael Papajohn
as Subway Gang Member
Casey Sander
as Federal Team Member
Pat Skipper
as Federal Team Member
Carmine Zozzora
as Federal Team Member
Chuck Boyd
as Reporter
Billy Williams
as Paramedic
Jim Ishida
as Reporter
Lucinda Weist
as Reporter
Paolo Tocha
as Detective
Nick Corri
as Detective
Tom Finnegan
as Officer
as Jamaican
Ronn Moss
as Jerome
Jeffrey Reed
as Jamaican
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Critic Reviews for Predator 2

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

Given Arnold Schwarzenegger and director John McTiernan had declined to return, this sequel to their macho sci-fi rumble in the jungle is surprisingly good.

November 12, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Half as taut and twice as dumb.

May 4, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Since the predator is imaginary but the people who made this film are not, Predator 2 speaks sadly of their own lack of curiosity and imagination.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

...sporadically watchable yet mostly underwhelming...

February 25, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Fortunately, Alan Silvestri's sensational score is reused nicely, extending suspense and gravity to otherwise generic monster movie scenarios.

September 23, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

A production that, not being able to be compared with the original one, is a more than worthy sequel, entertaining and with a great rhythm. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Predator 2


The core conceit of the Predator franchise (the hunted victims are prepared for a fight, different than most horror films, right?: " ... didn't expect that monster was actually trying to KILL us", hence upping the anxiety quotient) is discarded for the following feature, successfully ruining the supposed gist of the proceedings and reducing this to a simple us-against-them typical monster piece despite the top heavy cast.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Its a shame that 'Predator 2' doesn't meet to the same standards as Schwarzenegger's action filled gore fest. Having Jamacian gangsters didn't help either, with stereotypes or story. The only highlight is having 'Lethal Weapon's Danny Glover and Bill Paxton (Aliens). Overall, what this film did wrong was creating the spin off universe of 'Aliens Vs Predator'.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


Not as good as the original but the urban location, original casting of some great character actors, new look predator, new weaponry and amazing take your breath away action with an excellent ending leaves you wanting more hunting action. Top notch visuals and effects with some lovely over the top cliched characters all add up to a film just out of the 80's but clearly living the dream hehe. Plus you've got 'Private Hudson' incarnated again (he's also come back as a vampire in 'Near Dark') to take on predators ;) A rip roaring violent, bloody and foul mouthed masterpiece that is criminally underrated.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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