In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.
In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.
To foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan backfires when the same criminal impersonates the cop with the same method.
Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole ... See full summary »
After a successful deployment of the Robocop Law Enforcement unit, OCP sees its goal of urban pacification come closer and closer. But as this develops, a new narcotic known as "Nuke" invades the streets led by God-delirious leader Kane. As this menace grows, it may prove to be too much for Murphy to handle. OCP tries to replicate the success of the first unit, but ends up with failed prototypes with suicidal issues... until Dr. Faxx, a scientist straying away from OCP's path uses Kane as the new subject for the Robocop 2 project, a living God. Written by
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The OCP flags that appear throughout the movie are essentially Nazi flags with an OCP logo instead of the swastika. See more »
After RoboCop's right hand is blown off by the .30 caliber HMG, gis "stump" is significantly longer than before it was summarily amputated. Obviously his hand is only concealed by the long black Kevlar. See more »
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There are no opening credits to the film; following the Orion logo, the movie launches straight into the Magnavolt commercial, part of one of the spoof Mediabreak news bulletins. See more »
Success for a film can be a really good thing, but it can also have a price. Usually the next move is to produce a sequel, sometimes even if one is not really needed. There are those that really work like 'Aliens,' 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,' and 'Superman II.' But for every good a sequel there are a few which fall short, which is often due to a lack of heart and fresh ideas. The first 'Robocop' wowed audiences and critics, which got the studio enthusiastic about turning the name into a franchise. Some of the cast and crew would be back, but there would also be a lot of new people in the mix. This isn't always a bad thing, but sometimes it could be an early warning sign that the film may end up not being worthy. Sadly 'Robocop 2,' which isn't all bad, is one of these.
Pros: Performances are fine. Good score. Great effects. Moves at a good pace. Some interesting ideas. Plenty of exciting action sequences. Impressive production design. Superb direction.
Cons: Weaker plot and script this time. Takes itself too seriously. A few things date it. Whereas the original has a lot of style and some substance, this one has much more of the former and less of the latter. Much less menacing threat.
Final thoughts: After such a strong start this series really could have gone places. However, somehow things didn't go as smoothly this time and what we're left with is an inferior, but not all together bad sequel. They should have take chances with this one, but instead played it safe and the film and franchise suffered for it. Still this movie is quite enjoyable and nowhere near being an embarrassment.
My rating: 3/5
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