damn, nobody thinks Predators is better than Predator 2? wow
Predator 2 just hasn't aged well for me. Predator is a jungle hunter, I never cared for the city as a backdrop in a predator film. Leave the cities to batman. A bunch of Jamaican gangsters don't have anything on elite soldiers either.
Predators at least tried to stay within the same spirit as the original, but improved upon it vastly with the game preserve idea. And aside from Topher Grace's awful presence, it's only grown better with age. There's no cryo guns, no crawling up buildings like the creature from the black lagoon, nowhere near as much cheesy acting, no bathroom medical scene with granny one-liners and her broom. Not to mention City Hunter was about half a freakin' idiot, getting whupped by a cop and dropping gear left and right while running for home.
All in all, I find Predators to be a much more serious film, pitting much more serious and capable characters against more serious predators. For all its shortcomings, the more I watch it, the better it seems to get. It brought a lot of interesting new ideas that didn't take away from the lore, and I hope we get to return there someday.