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  • Badass Decay: Dutch, a tough-as-nails career soldier built like a brick shithouse, was outmatched in a straight fight and had to outwit the Predator to beat it, but the one in this film is soundly defeated in combat by —badass though he is— a paunchy detective who's pushing fifty. Arguably justified, though, in that Dutch had to go hand-to-hand while Harrigan gets hold of the Predator's razor-sharp disc to use against it, and Harrigan's opponent had suffered multiple shotgun rounds at point blank range shortly before.
    • Word of God is that the sequel "City Hunter" is the Predator equivalent of a teenager going through his rite of passage / graduation, while the original "Jungle Hunter" was an adult. This is why the City Hunter is shorter and leaner than the Jungle Hunter, as well.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Predator standing atop a building during a thunderstorm, holding its spear and Jerry's skull aloft and roaring while it is hit by lightning with no adverse effects.
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  • Contested Sequel: Probably the most out of all the Predator films. While it's accepted that the original film is better, there are a number of opinions on this entry. Detractors tend to criticize this film for its inconsistent and angry tone that lacks the claustrophobic feel of the original. On the other hand, there are plenty of fans who like it for the new city setting, expanded world-building on the Predator, the more recognizable and entertaining cast members such as Gary Busey and Bill Paxton, and the bizarre nature of the film, to the point there is a vocal minority that finds it better than the first. This divide has continued to grow over the years as two more sequels to the series and the Alien vs. Predator films were released and provided more options.
  • Critical Research Failure: The Jamaican gangsters are all worshippers and practitioners of Voodoo. But it is Haiti, not Jamaica, that is famously associated with Voodoo. Jamaicans are instead associated with Rastafarianism.
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  • Cult Classic: Torn apart critically, but has a sizeable amount of fans for doing something different from the first. Even many who hate this movies's guts will praise elements such as Alan Silvestri's score and the cast.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Predator tribe for opening endless speculation in regards to the Predators' behavior and history, in addition to the variety of designs the individual members have. This has led to each member of the tribe getting collectible figures over the years, no small feat for what are essentially background characters with limited screen time.
    • The Predator's new weapons (The Smart Disc, Net Gun and Combi-Stick) are an object specific case with the Smart Disc and Net Gun in particular standing out for the utterly awesome kills they provide. This resulted in the spear and disc becoming staples of future Predator's arsenals in the films and expanded universe materials alike.
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    • Jerry Lambert is by far the most popular character of the movie, primarily for being genuinely funny and one of the only truly likeable characters. It doesn't hurt that the character he ripped off (Hudson from Aliens) was an Ensemble Dark Horse there as well.
    • In another object specific case, the Xenomorph skull, which led to increased interest in the Alien vs. Predator materials to the point two films were made.
  • Ham and Cheese: Most of the cast seems to be having fun with their roles with little regard as to what they're doing. This is particularly evident with Gary Busey, Danny Glover and the Jamaicans.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The film opens with a group of criminals who are heavily armed with automatic weapons managing to pin the police down for some time. In the year of 1997.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Adam Baldwin plays a member of a shady government agency task force, then comes Justice League, where Baldwin would voice the leader of such a government task force.
  • Memetic Mutation: Despite not featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and being less well-received, the film is still rather quotable.
    • "Shit happens!"
    • "I don't think he gives a shit."
    • "Danny Boy..."
    • "Fucking Voodoo Magic, mon!"
      • "This is dread, mon. Truly dread."
  • One-Scene Wonder: King Willie is easily the most memorable thing about the movie. The same goes with the Predator tribe at the end and the Xenomorph skull in the trophy room.
  • Rooting for the Empire: There's quite a few points where the audience is on the Predator's side. Not so much when the Predator's fighting Harrigan and the police, but definitely when the Predator's targeting gang-members.
  • The Scrappy: Leona, for being an incompetent, overly aggressive bitch to everyone to prove how badass she is. Getting Jerry killed did not help. And her surviving made it even worse.
  • Signature Scene: The appearance of the Predator tribe at the end of the film, along with the sight of the Xenomorph skull on the trophy rack, which served as a launching point for the crossover and expanded universe materials exploring the Predators in other time periods. Even detractors of the film praise this moment for being fantastic world building.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • Keyes' death. To break it down, the Predator's Smart Disc is very obviously integrated into the shot. It then makes a choppy skip as he is sawed in half. To add insult to injury, the top half of his body doesn't fall down with his legs, which can be seen in another shot where only his legs are on the ground.
    • The Predator tribe at the end of the film is clearly green-screened into the scene when they are decloaking.
  • So Bad, It's Good: For some, the film is quite enjoyable due to the over the top acting, ridiculous characters such as the Jamaican Voodoo gang and awful dialogue being ridiculous to the point of being entertaining, not unlike the campier action films of the 80's. The presence of Gary Busey may help this argument, given the actor's reputation for being bizarre.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: A lot of otherwise negative reviews praised Danny Glover's performance.
  • Vindicated by History: Trashed by critics at release. While the film still has a good share of haters, many people warmed up to it after the divisive Alien vs. Predator films and highly controversial fourth film, with more and more admitting it to be a worthy sequel.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The suit worn for the Predator looks rather impressive, perhaps even moreso than the first film, owing to a full production schedule allowing for more time to work on the creature as opposed to the hectic last minute replacement nature of the first film's design. Special mention goes to the Predator tribe at the end of the film including nine individual men in unique suits, which made it the most expensive scene in the whole film.


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