In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Jamie Lee Curtis,
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 Cane. 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 Cane as the new subject for the Robocop 2 project, a living God. Written by
Aldo Della Rocca
Nancy Allen was looking forward to doing the original script for the sequel under Tim Hunter's direction. When Hunter was replaced by Irvin Kershner, Kershner completely changed the script, and (according to Allen) took out all the intelligence and humor. She went on record in a Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival interview in July 2010, four months before Kershner's death, saying that she hated Kershner and hated working with him. "And you can tell him that, I don't care." See more »
In the first shot of the sludge plant gates, they are far enough apart that the chain is stretched tight. When Robocop approaches the gates, they are closer together and there is slack in the chain. See more »
MagnaVolt - the final word in auto security. No embarrassing alarm noise, no need to trouble the police... and it won't even run down your battery!
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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 »
THE KID GOES WILD
Performed by Babylon A.D., Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Written by Derek David, Jack Ponitt & Vic Pepe
Published by BMG Songs, Inc., Little Elvis, Jack Ponti Music, Perfect Pen Music,
Warner Bros. Music Corp. (ASCAP) 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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