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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Robocop 2 can be found here.

Always interested in looking to the future and making a buck, Omni Consumer Products (OPC) hopes to make more RoboCops like Murphy (Peter Weller), but each of their prototypes end up committing suicide. When psychologist Juliette Faxx (Belinda Bauer) comes up with a new idea—using psychopathic, drug-addicted, drug kingpin Cain (Tom Noonan) on grounds that he will welcome the power and the immortality—a new, larger and stronger cyborg, branded as "RoboCop Two", is born. Unfortunately, Cain's main focus is on getting more of a new street narcotic known as "Nuke".

RoboCop 2 is the second movie in the RoboCop series, preceded by RoboCop (1987) and followed by RoboCop 3 (1993) and two TV series: RoboCop (1994-1995] and RoboCop: Prime Directives (2000). The series is being rebooted with RoboCop (2014). The screenplay for RoboCop 2 was written by American comics writer/artist Frank Miller and screenwriter Walon Green, based on characters created by American screenwriters Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner for Robocop. RoboCop 2 was subsequently novelized by American science fiction writer Ed Naha as well as turned into a nine-part comic book series called Frank Miller's RoboCop (2007) by Frank Miller and Juan Jose.

His weapons were already switched off for safety reasons. If you look carefully at the remote it has multiple dozens of buttons, so there was possibly a switch to deactivate him. Faxx was trying to bring Cain under control rather than power him down, and she didn't have a chance to hit the proper button when RoboCop entered the theatre and distracted her. Alternately, Faxx may have been telling the truth when she said that RoboCop 2 (Cain) couldn't be deactivated. Depending upon how his robotic body was designed, the system that allowed him mobility might not be separate from the life support systems. To be fair, it isn't clear at all that any "robocop" product of OCP can be summarily deactivated. Such a feature had never been used against RoboCop (such as when he became a target in the original film), giving credence to the idea that the feature may not exist in him, and RoboCop 2 may have been designed in roughly the same way. Both of them are designed to have a certain amount of autonomy and free will.

The entire formula isn't revealed in the movie. However, midway through the film, Cain checks with his chemist, Frank (a cameo by screenwriter and comic-book author Frank Miller), and tries out a new variation of Nuke called Blue Velvet. When he injects it, he waits for it to take effect and mentions two of its ingredients: benzadrine and scopolamine. It's probably reasonable to believe that both drugs were in the formula for the original Nuke.

The Old Man says near the end of the movie that the current events take place about one year after the events corresponding to the first movie. However, the actual year is never specified, which was also a story trick used by the producers and writers of the first movie. The temporal setting is ambiguous enough that the first movie may rationally be set anywhere from 1987 to 2087 or beyond, simply with the theme of being futuristic. However, the widespread adoptions of things in reality like digitization, smartphones, wireless access, flat displays and cloud computing, combined with the obsolescence of CRTs and mainframes, makes these movies feel more like they are set in the 1990s than in any part of the 21st century; and the same applies to just about any futuristic picture.

While the Old Man (Dan O'Herlihy) is holding a press conference in the OCP Civic Centrum to unveil his plans for Delta City, he introduces Cain as the new RoboCop 2 who will help to rid the city of Nuke. In doing so, he shows the press a canister of Nuke, causing Cain to become anxious and ultimately go berserk as he tries to get his hands on it. He grabs the remote that controls his weapons from out of Faxx's hands and open fires on the crowd. Murphy enters the auditorium, and a fierce battle erupts as they chase each other all over the building, eventually falling off the roof and onto the streets where a firefight between police/SWAT and Cain ensues. When it looks like Cain is unstoppable, Murphy decides to try a new tactic. Murphy's partner, Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen), retrieves the canister of Nuke and offers it to Cain. Cain stops his attack long enough to intake the Nuke while Murphy sneaks around behind him, leaps onto Cain from behind, and rips out his brain and spinal cord, smashing it to bits. Shortly later, the Old Man discusses the ramifications of Cain's tirade with Johnson (Felton Perry) and Holzgang (Jeff McCarthy), and they decide that blame (particularly criminal liability) for the incident will fall on Faxx. In the final scene, as the Old Man and Faxx drive away in their limousine, Lewis bemoans the fact that he's getting away with it. "Patience, Lewis," says Murphy, "We're only human."

Faxx had been competing with Johnson throughout the whole movie, and she is smug because her relationship with the Old Man leads her to believe that she won't be held in any way responsible for RoboCop 2 killing or injuring dozens of innocent people, OCP guards and SWAT officers. She doesn't know that the Old Man has just given Johnson and Holzgang the go-ahead to find a way to pin the blame on her.

The UK VHS version was slightly censored, missing out approximately 32 seconds across 9 scenes. All cuts were waived for the DVD release. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.


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