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RoboCop 2 (1990)

Cyborg law enforcer RoboCop returns to protect the citizens of old Detroit but faces a deadly challenge when a rogue OCP member secretly creates a new, evil RoboCop 2.

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Irvin Kershner

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Edward Neumeier (characters), Michael Miner (characters) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Glover ... Magnavolt Salesman
Mario Machado Mario Machado ... Casey Wong
Leeza Gibbons ... Jess Perkins
John Ingle ... Surgeon General
Tom Noonan ... Cain
Roger Aaron Brown ... Whittaker
Mark Rolston ... Stef
Lila Finn Lila Finn ... Homeless Woman
John Hateley John Hateley ... Purse Snatcher
Gage Tarrant Gage Tarrant ... Hooker
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Chet (as Tommy Rosales)
Brandon Smith ... Flint
Wallace Merck Wallace Merck ... Gun Shop Owner
Peter Weller ... Robocop
Michael Medeiros ... Catzo
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Storyline

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

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Even in the future of law enforcement there is room for improvement. See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

RoboCop II See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,145,411, 24 June 1990

Gross USA:

$45,681,173
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FSK 16)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The pilot episode for RoboCop (1994) came from the first draft for RoboCop 2 (1990) written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. See more »

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The rifle which Robocop brings into the OCP theater at the end of the film is meant to be the Cobra Assault Cannon from the original film; however, not only is it a completely different gun from the first film, it is also devoid of any of the extraneous attachments and greeblies present in the original version. See more »

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Uninspired and messy sequel.
10 September 2014 | by APRI6IONSee all my reviews

Robocop does battle with a powerful drug lord who is transformed into a giant psychopathic cyborg, while simultaneously resisting OCP's attempts to repress his human memories.

At first glance the woeful reviews for Robocop 2 might seem confusing, because everything seems to be in the right place, initially. The production values are fairly slick, the action scenes are shot with an enjoyable bloodthirstiness and there are some funny scenes early on, including some malfunctioning 'Robocop 2' prototypes and a couple of satirical commercials. I also like the scenes in which Robocop becomes an eccentric pacifist. But as the film clunks into the main story it starts to come apart… and fast.

There is absolutely no heart and no energy and one dull scene bumbles into the next like a drunkard trying to string a sentence together. The violence, which starts out cheerfully enough, eventually becomes quite nasty and sadistic. The graphic violence of the original film was used to great satirical effect and was often sardonically humorous, such as ED-209 blowing a company exec to bits at a board meeting, or it had a real point; Clarence Boddicker's biblical execution of Murphy. Here though the violence is just gratuitous, a bit weird and has absolutely nowhere to go - one particular scene comes to mind in which a child mobster is forced to watch the bodily dissection of a crooked cop. In fact the entire child villain thing was irritating and ludicrous from the jump, concluding in a scene in which Robocop takes pity on the little stinker. Don't make me laugh.

Weller does everything he can to breath some life into his character and bags most of the funniest or most memorable moments, but like many things in this film I have no idea what Nancy Allen was doing the whole time, what a waste. She does nothing but point guns at people and frown; this only touches upon the many profound problems with the script and direction.

In the end Robocop 2 doesn't just suffer from the absence of Verhoeven but also from an uneven script humming with unfinished ideas, narrative dead-ends and a serious lack of humour, doing nothing whatsoever to build upon its predecessor's greatness. I have to disagree with some of the more optimistic reviews here; this film isn't trying to do something different, it doesn't appear to know what it's trying to do at all.

I will say this for it though, the stop motion effects were great and it is, at least, a better film than Robocop 3.

4/10


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