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
Designing the RoboCop 2/RoboCain had already begun before a full script was written. Craig Davies conceived the RoboCain with the idea that it looked almost unbeatable, and contained so many complex parts that the audience wouldn't be able to make sense of it. His first design was more animalistic in nature, but the initial director Tim Hunter insisted on a more anthropomorphic look, reasoning that humans still make the worst monsters. The final design was meant to look like a cross between an 'angry bodybuilder' with a Medieval knight, and have so many features that it would almost be the robot equivalent of a Swiss army knife. See more »
When Robocop is fighting Cain and hanging off the building, the brick wall he pushes against noticeably bends under his feet. 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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The title of the film does not appear until the end credits. 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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