Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Predator 2… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
After the success of Predator, a sequel was inevitable. Three years down the road, the sequel hit the big screen but with no Arnie!
This time, in the starring role is Danny Glover after jumping to success in Lethal Weapon. Arnold was in talks to be in the sequel but jumped ship for Terminator 2. With the predator on the hunt in the big city in the future of 1997!
The movie expands upon the Predator character/mythology and gives you a glimpse of the Alien skull which got fans whipped up into a frenzy!.
Predator 2 ticks all the right boxes for a sequel but for some reason fails to really top the first film and doesn’t deliver on many of its action sequences. Fox supposedly cut a lot of the violence to avoid a NC-17 - a new rating at the time – which would have had a huge knock on effect on the box office, so cuts were made to bring it down to an R-rating.
This film is still considered good fun and is far better than those AVP movies. So sit back and enjoy the review and you may find some new interesting trivia!.