i remember checking out predator 2 in the theater with my cousins over thanksgiving 1990...the original is my favorite movie of all time and while this one doesn't have all of the elements that make the first a classic (sci-fi/military genre mash-up, cool team dynamic, and of course, arnold), i left the theater thinking it was pretty damn cool....after all, they managed to add to the mythos by showing a ton of new weapons, the insides of a ship, a complete predator hunting clan, and best of all, that alien skull in the trophy room! and let's not forget they managed to get morton downey, jr., bill paxton AND gary busey in one movie. equally impressive!
ay any rate, my cousins didn't enjoy it as much as i did (and still do)...they thought it was lame because they thought the predator looked too much like the one from the first movie.
to each his own.