Agreed - like ALIEN & ALIENS.
Interesting thread. I would like to see an extended edit. I like this film almost as much as the original.
The first two Predator films are such wonderful companion films. I've never seen a contrast so unique in a film and its first sequel ultimately work so well together.
My vernacular may be incorrect or I might just be painfully too literal here, and it wouldn't be the first time
, but I'm actually going to disagree with Alien and Aliens as a comparison in the above context.
I take a companion film
, or any companion piece of fiction, as an independent story that exists in the same fictional world as another, and compliments one another. It doesn't continue a particular storyline or feature the same main character. If you're familiar with American television, think Cheers and Frasier. Now companion pieces also usually feature a background character from the original story as the main character in the new companion piece, but not Predator 2.
What's really unique about Predator 2 is it ultimately features no returning characters, not even the Predator itself. You add that to the contrast between the two films and their world being so vast and unique; present to future, military to detective, jungle to city; and I'm surprised they are still such fantastic same world companions to one another.
Even though assumptions get me into trouble, coming back to the wonderful 1-2 punch that is Alien and Aliens, I'm guessing when I said "I've never seen a contrast so unique in a film and its first sequel ultimately work so well together", the sci-fi horror contrast to sci-fi action horror of Alien to Aliens came to mind?
I might be in the minority but I actually see that as a natural progression versus a unique contrast in my humble opinion. So many horror films and sci-fi horror films already feature finales that are, for a lack of a better word, actioney
to begin with and Alien was no different. The path felt very organic to me. * edit for spelling