Starring: Peter Weller, Belinda Bauer, John Glover, Tom Noonan, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy
Directed By: Irvin Kershner
Written By: Frank Miller, Walon Green
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 57 mins
From the director of arguably the best Star Wars movie to date, The Empire Strikes Back, comes possibly the worst RoboCop movie ever filmed. It’s actually hard to fathom how this follow-up to the original classic back in 1987, got to be so bad. RoboCop was a great send-up of America’s corporate culture, but all that clever satirical dark comedy from the first film just becomes bad parody in the sequel.
It’s honestly like no one involved in this production wanted to take this character seriously. You just have to look at RoboCop’s armor for an example of this. Gun metal gray was so 87, in 1990, Robo’s suit is upgraded to purple. Fight crime in Detroit? He looks ready to be a greeter at a Bed, Bath & Beyond. Or at least inspire a life-sized cut out next to his collection of lavender scented soaps!
Structurally, Robocop 2 is a disaster. One plot-line covers the release of a dangerous drug called Nuke, and the master criminal behind its production and distribution, Cain (Tom Noonan.) In addition to that, another plot angle tackles the creation of a new more powerful RoboCop, while OCP (Omni Consumer Products) deliberately undermines Detroit’s police force as part of a plan to take control of the city. Eventually these story lines collide, but to do so requires the worst plot contrivance I think I’ve ever witnessed. Let’s put the brain of a convicted murderer, drug trafficker and addict inside a super powerful battle droid. What could possibly go wrong?
This film was poorly designed, and seemingly only made to cash in on the first film’s success. The animatronics and visual effects are decent, and the finale is reasonably action packed. But nothing saves this badly developed film from being a terrible forgettable groan-inducing joke.
Don’t go into this expecting the same satirical dark humor that the first film had, as this messy film is almost a parody of itself. Set expectations to very very low! Robocop 2 is rated R for language, drug content and extreme violence.
The finale is reasonably entertaining, and the effects are actually quite decent. A HD screening on a nice big TV is probably your best bet.
Dr. Juliette Faxx (Belinda Bauer.) A woefully undeveloped character, and her actions in this story make no sense at all. She’s tasked with finding a suitable candidate for the RoboCop 2 program, so starts screening criminals? Huh? She also decides to micromanage the original Robocop’s list of directives, resulting in our lavender colored cyborg reading Miranda rights to a corpse.