I far prefer Cyborg 2 to the original too. Young Angelina isn't in her Tomb raider prime here yet, but she is still hot and certainly can act just as well as JCVD can here! Plus you get Billy Drago (as a hitman with his face in tatters, if I recall!) and Elias Koteas as the co-star... and he's always great. I really like the bittersweet ending, too.
I discovered this movie in my teenage years when I used to rent piles of VHS tapes from my local video library, often ending up with rubbish but sometimes finding hidden gems (back before the internet, so no way to know about a lot of these movies if they were obscure or straight to video stuff).
I have never seen the third Cyborg movie, even though I own all three on DVD. I've heard it's rather terrible, though...?