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Title: RoboCop 2 (1990)
Post by: Dave on February 08, 2015, 05:34:07 AM

Directed by Irwin Kershner

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After the successful deployment of their RoboCop Law Enforcement unit who was formerly police officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller), OCP sees its goal of urban pacification come closer to fruition. However, the development of a new narcotic known as "Nuke" invades the streets led by God-delusional leader Cain (Tom Noonan). As this menace grows, it may prove to be too much for Murphy to handle. OCP tries to replicate the success of the first RoboCop unit but ends up with failed prototypes with suicidal issues until Dr. Faxx (Belinda Bauer) a corrupt scientist straying away from the company’s path uses the Nuke addicted Cain as the new subject for the RoboCop 2 project.


The last project directed by Irwin Kershner (1980’s Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back) and featuring a story by Frank Miller (who has a cameo) whose original draft of the screenplay had revisions by Walon Green this 1990 follow-up to Paul Verhoeven’s masterful genre classic the satirical dystopian sci-fi actioner ‘Robocop’ is a grossly underrated sequel.

Of course, it’s flawed failing to elaborate on the theme of a human trapped inside a machine in which Alex Murphy’s humanity triumphed over the metal in the climax of the first film winning back his identity that should have been a natural progression for this expansion of the mythology. With this completely abandoned, Murphy resorts back to his cyborg monotone-voiced state patrolling the streets as RoboCop and even rejects his humanity in a scene with his wife. Another sad loss is the focus of Alex Murphy’s relationship with his partner Ann Lewis (Nancy Allen). This was an integral part of the original movie in Murphy’s fight back to humanity and should have been explored further. Another poor characterization is turning Dan O'Herlihy’s The Old Man the CEO of OCP from a harmless “Old Man” to a villainous character for no apparent reason at all. There is also the lack of Basil Poledouris’ original rousing score that is a big disappointment; apparently, there is a workprint version that features this soundtrack as it was Kershner’s initial intention to reuse it.   

However, despite these shortcomings there is a lot to admire here. Its continuity is spot on following the events of the last film and it faithfully recaptures its satirical elements with the bonkers TV advertisements and the irony of the upbeat news broadcasts and there is lashings of zany black comedy in the context of the story. The splendid character actor Noonan is a highly memorable antagonist as the evil cult like leader of his Nuke gang with a God complex making up for the lack of Kurtwood Smith as Clarence Boddicker one of the big screen’s greatest ever psychopathic villains. A lot of criticism was aimed towards the character of Hob (Gabriel Damon) a foul-mouthed violent young boy and a member of Cain’s gang but this just adds effectively to the crazy over the top exploitative tone that the filmmakers were going for. The action set-pieces are brilliantly directed, there is uber gore and sadistic violence, the practical special effects are spectacular and there are some of the finest stop motion effects ever captured on celluloid to realize Cain’s RoboCop 2. This work easily rivals what was done on the first movie’s ED-209 and is up there with Ray Harryhausen’s legendary work. The RoboCop and RoboCop 2 showdown in the climax is wildly entertaining.

It wasn’t until recently that I became to really appreciate all the positives here. I’m glad I gave this sequel another chance because now I have another entry in this franchise after Verhoeven’s great original that is actually worth watching. Through all its faults this is still a damn good time and if you really want to see bad go watch 1993’s shameful embarrassment ‘RoboCop 3’ and any of the sub-par TV dreck that followed. The recent mediocre remake isn’t a patch on this either. ‘RoboCop 2’ is solid sci-fi action entertainment.

*** out of ****


RoboCop 2 - Official® Trailer [HD] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxumzn82V9s#ws)
Title: Re: RoboCop 2 (1990)
Post by: RIP on February 08, 2015, 08:47:09 AM
I do like this film. Not as good as the 1st one but still fun. I always liked Tom Noonan.
Title: Re: RoboCop 2 (1990)
Post by: Dave on February 08, 2015, 09:11:55 AM
Not as good as the 1st one but still fun. I always liked Tom Noonan.

Yeah it's a lot of fun and Noonan is a great character actor.
Title: Re: RoboCop 2 (1990)
Post by: CountOrlok on July 13, 2020, 11:38:09 PM
Yeah I love Robocop 2.  If you think having a kid be in charge of a drug gang is silly, these are comic book movies not meant to be realistic.  The first one is very over the top also.

Robocop (1987)


The original classic.  One of the best superhero movies ever.

Robocop 2 (1990)



Robocop 3 (1993)


Get's way too much crap.  Aside from the lack of violence, it pretty much follows the previous two movies.  And this time Robo has a jetpack and a machine gun.  I remember seeing this with my grandma when it came out.

Robocop (2014)


This movie sucks!

Robocop Returns

Title: Re: RoboCop 2 (1990)
Post by: CountOrlok on July 15, 2020, 10:03:31 PM
if you really want to see bad go watch 1993’s shameful embarrassment ‘RoboCop 3’

Have to disagree.  You don't think Robo with a jetpack isn't awesome?  I don't understand people.


I'd rather watch Robocop 3 than most superhero movies.
Title: Re: RoboCop 2 (1990)
Post by: Hemwick on July 16, 2020, 09:09:14 AM
I don't remember the 3rd movie but I'll gladly take any Robocop over any of the shit Disney/Marvel spoon feed the masses.
Robocop is an all time favorite of mine and I do enjoy the second one too.  Never seen the remake don't want to either.
Title: Re: RoboCop 2 (1990)
Post by: Splat on July 16, 2020, 09:16:35 AM
At one point when I was much younger...the second was my favourite.
Title: Re: RoboCop 2 (1990)
Post by: CountOrlok on July 17, 2020, 11:44:21 PM
I think 3 is actually my favourite.  Of course I respect the original, but that's an origin story and not as much Robo action as the sequels.

The worst is definitely the remake because it sucks.  :cantlook: