The story is fairly simple. A Predator is hunting violent gangs in Los Angeles, most likely because they look like good prey to do battle with. Fairly quickly, Detective Harrigan (Danny Glover) and his team realize there is more going on than normal gangland turf wars. As they dig deeper, they begin to uncover things that reveal the Predator to them, of course the viewer knows what it is from the very beginning.
A third group is thrown into the mix with Gary Busey's character heading up a government department that knows very well what the Predator is and would like to capture it for its technology. The hunt for the Predator leads up to a pretty great final battle with Danny Glover and the Predator on a Predator spacecraft. Fans of the original Predator 1989 comic book series by Dark Horse Comics will find this plot very familiar, as it was essentially what the comic depicted with various changes when taken into the film world.
This movie takes a lot of heat and hate, but personally I love it from the standpoint of getting more information about the Predator character's race. It seems like people forget about these details that have led to the Predator characters as we know them today. If you look at the weapons the Predator has in this film, it's far more interesting from a technology and hunting stand point than what the original Predator had. We get to see one of their alien ships and one of the great reveals in film history, the trophy room. The trophy room Det. Harrigan discovers on the ship has a group of skulls stuck on a wall, many strange looking beasts and human skulls. The great reveal is there is an Alien skull hanging there, suggesting that the Predators have hunted aliens. When I saw this in the theater my jaw dropped, and I almost jumped out of my seat at the idea.
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