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Soundtrack review: Predator 2 (Alan Silvestri – 1990)

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Soundtrack review: Predator 2 (Alan Silvestri – 1990)



The second Predator movie moves from the jungle to LA and features the drug cartel war between Jamaicans and Columbians. Being set in a city, “Predator 2” feels even grimmer than the first one. It’s an ugly dream you want to shake as quick as possible.

Alan Silvestri returned for the sequel. The main titles feature some tribal vibes which I’m not very fond of. That sound returns in a couple more cues, like “El Scorpio” and “Dem Bones”. I understand its purpose, considering the movie, but I can’t connect with it. It’s a general feeling I get with the entire score. The first one was sharp, clear, creepy and exciting. “Predator 2” sounds confusing and all over the place. Even if the second movie takes place in the city, the music got stuck somewhere in the mud from the jungle. I can’t catch one coherent theme or one cue that I can say I really love. There are exciting passages, like most of “Tunnel chase”, but they get lost in the smoke. I’m having a hard time following this score and getting something from it. I am only left with a general feeling of unpleasantness.

The end titles are probably the most exciting part of the score. That is, until the tribal dance returns and reminds me that this was not the most enjoyable score I chose for Alan Silvestri month…

Cue rating: 62 /100

Total minutes of excellence: 14 / 45

Album excellence: 30%


Tunnel Chase

End Title

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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  1. Boone 30th March 2018

    One of the best Alan Silvestri’s score. That end credits is just iconic… A music lesson for ages.


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