Predator 2 is the first sequel to Predator, released in 1990.Ten years after the first movie (although the movie is from 1990) Los Angeles is under a Heat Wave, and a war between Jamaican and Colombian drug cartels is running wild. LAPD Lt. Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) discovers something is killing members of both factions — and after meeting a fake DEA task force, he discovers that the thing is an alien, and they have been waiting for one to reappear since previous events in Central America. (and apparently they know how to dance).
This film provides examples of:
Action Prologue: The film starts off with a 'Predator-eye' view of a pitched gun battle between the LAPD and a street gang. This battle is interrupted when the Predator kills and 'cleans' the surviving gangsters.
Harrigan: You admire the damn thing. Keyes: Not for what it does, Harrigan. For what it is. For what we can learn from it.
Ammunition Backpack: Peter Keys' team had "nitrogen guns" (liquid nitrogen backpacks attached to sprayers), which they planned to use to freeze (and thereby capture) the Predator.
Applied Phlebotinum: Glowing blue jello (with anything else added to it - here the primary ingredient is drywall) can apparently heal the most dire of wounds. The Predator has weapons beyond our understanding, why not medicine too? Also a case of Clarke's Third Law.
Armor Is Useless: Averted; Harrigan's bulletproof vest/metal plate combination save his life when the Predator fires a shuriken-speartip at him in the slaughterhouse.
Harrigan makes this trope his bitch and then some. The man gets thrown around like a ragdoll, falls down an elevator shaft, gets slashed up by pointy things about a hundred times, and still has the guts to get back up for more.
The Predator itself qualifies for this as well. Even after it gets pumped full of shotgun shells and loses its left arm, it is still fierce enough to confront Harrigan again (although he DOES flee to the Predator ship first to try and level the playing field). It does lose points though because the moment things were turning against it, it went straight for the Self Destruct instead of even trying to fight.
Dreadlock Rasta: Subverted. King Willie and his group are voodoo, not Rastafarian.
Dystopia: Gangs running amok. Crime is so rampant civilians have to carry guns. The LAPD is frequently outmanned and outgunned. Then the Predator shows up...
Eldritch Location: You do not want to be alone in the dark LA subway tunnels at night. Of course, knowing that a vicious manhunter is lurking down there too doesn't improve the situation one bit.
Eureka Moment: Harrigan looks at a trophy display, and suddenly has a realization.
Expy: King Willie's name sounds like Billy from part 1. They both believe in the supernatural and both die when they face the Predator.
Fakeout Opening: Begins with an overhead view of some woods but then zooms in on the LA skyline. Or, more specifically, the movie opens on what appears to be a jungle, before the viewpoint climbs over a ridge to reveal an entirely different kind of jungle.
Fearsome Foot: The shot of the monster approaching a doomed gang leader is taken from behind its (invisible) feet.
Freeze Ray: Keyes tries to freeze a Predator with liquid nitrogen.
Genre Savvy: Like Schaeffer before him, Harrigan recognizes a countdown when he sees one.
Graceful Loser: When the Predator is slain, its fellows emerge... and give Harrigan an antique pistol as a reward for his victory before leaving. A gift from one master hunter to another.
Groin Attack: A female cop seemingly knees a criminal in the crotch when he won't cooperate, Leona does it to fellow cop Jerry Lambert when he won't leave her alone, and Harrigan does it to one of Keyes' men.
Keyes: I've told you, you don't know what you're dealing with.
Implacable Man: The Predator when it wants you really, really dead. Later on in the film, Harrigan himself becomes this to the Predator, who is hell-bent on fleeing when it realizes that it cannot stop or defeat his human adversary.
Infrared X-Ray Camera: The Predator is able to see a fetus inside a pregnant woman's womb, making him spare her life.
It's Personal: Invoked by Harrigan when the Predator begins targeting his close friends/fellow officers. Keyes later in a Not So Different moment with Harrigan.
Jump Scare: Pigeons just love playing around with Harrigan and the audience, don't they?
Just Train Wrong: The movie is set in Los Angeles. Except the subway train fight clearly takes place on a BART train, which is in San Francisco, and the distinctive "Ba" logo can be seen on the front of the train in one shot.
Sensor Suspense: While the capture team is in the warehouse, the support team outside keeps track of the team and the Predator inside the warehouse using symbols on a screen. The suspense increases when the creature's movements indicate it can see the capture team and is about to attack them.
Scare Chord: A very loud one plays when it first cuts to King Willie's decapitated head.
Society Marches On: The movie predicted that by 1997 Los Angeles would decay into a dystopian Crapsack World with drug gangs in open war with the police and themselves, using military-grade hardware and body counts seemingly in the thousands. The police themselves show elements of being an occupying force in their own city and Harrigan himself refers to his beat as "the war." Based on the high crime rates of L.A. in the late 1980s and early 1990s this didn't seem too farfatched circa 1990, but fast forward to the second decade of the 21st Century and we see Los Angeles, while still not a utopia, has far lower crime rates than it did at the time the film was made.
Space Whale Aesop: The subway massacre scene was actually conceived as a Take That to vigilantism, which explains why the man the gang members are accosting resembles real-life subway vigilante Bernard Goetz. So the moral of the story is, don't plan to take the law into your own hands, otherwise intergalactic hunters will slaughter you. Wait, what?
That Came Out Wrong: Harrigan, crawling on a ledge high above the ground mutters, "You can do it. Like falling off a log." He quickly realizes those weren't the words he was looking for.
Title Drop: Keyes says "Well, we've prepared a trap for this predator."
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Harrigan has a fear of heights; the Predator jumps around a lot of rooftops. He even lampshades this by wondering aloud to himself why the Predator never simply stays on the ground.
The World's Expert on Getting Killed: The movie has an excusable case, as the expert does manage to survive one meeting with the Predator and though he knew about its behavior and senses, did not have reason to doubt his trap wouldn't keep it subdued.