I finally got around to watching the first one last night, and LOL... what a waste of pretty much everything. The action sucked, the acting sucked, the story sucked, the directing sucked, the editing sucked, the CGI sucked, the cast sucked, the cameos sucked, and even the music sucked. Just awful with the only redeeming qualities being the two gorgeous supporting actresses and Terry Crews.
What I loved about it though, is that it pretty much enforces the fact that nostalgia is primary reason for people's affection for older, cheesy, crappy 80s movies. This movie is 80s action filmmaking transported to the modern era. Watching this movie as a young man in the 80s would've been amazing and any of us would've probably reflected on it 30 years later as another one of those "awesome 80s action flicks" a la Commando, Predator, Rambo, etc. Watching it in contemporary times as a grown man it is downright laughable... just like the actual 80s action flicks this film is molded from.
Suffice to say, if any of you enjoyed it.. more power to you. Personally though, I won't even be renting this sequel.