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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / Theatrical Release: 1990 / Director: Irvin Kershner / Actors: John Glover, Belinda Bauer ... / DVD released 22 October, 1997 at Image Entertainment / Features of the DVD: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, PAL

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      08.07.2010 23:40
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      Robocop 2 - Movie Review. By Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

      It's hopeful, knowing the director of "The Empire Strikes Back" (the second Star Wars movie) was the director of the second Robocop movie. It's been a long while, since I've scene Robocop 2. I never watched it that much, in fact, I've only viewed it a couple of times. I couldn't remember if it was bad or not. After a few minutes in, I relaxed. And, I'm glad to say, Robo's still got it!

      (STORY)

      It follows a few months after the first one, still continuing with unresolved problems. The Police are on strike, and OCP (Omni Consumer Products) is still making way for the demolishment of the city. But, the Mayor, is trying his best to prevent it. Since, Robocop is not an officer, and is a product of OCP, he's out on the field putting in overtime, fighting crime.

      There's also a new gang of thugs on the street, spreading out a new, addictive drug entitled "nuke". The leader of the pack, is named Cain. OCP attempts to strike lightning in a bottle twice, and create a new Robocop 2.0, with failed results. With the subjects going off, haywire and committing self-destruction.

      It's tricky, trying to explain the synopsis. Because, the focus of the plotline, does tend to jump around a bit. It feels more like a bunch of chunks stringed together, as opposed to a simple, linear, grand story. The moment I got adapted to where the it was going, it would suddenly turn a different direction. However, I liked knowing that the writers had a vast number of great ideas, that they wanted to tell. It's entertaining and creative, what they did here. And, for the most part it comes across smoothly.

      (PERFORMANCES)

      I think Peter Weller, did a better job this time around. He's defiantly got the physicality nailed down and he's the only one who could have executed the cybernetic cop. We are introduced to some new characters, with performances that are up to par with the original.

      You could tell there was more production value this time around. The special effects, are slightly better. There's a lot more, cooler action scenes. And, I noticed a new and improved, Robocop suit showing off a faint bluish tinge.

      This one is more violent and in some cases, disturbingly graphic. Which some may find awesome or off-putting depending on your taste. I remember, it kind of freaked me out as a child (no wonder I rarely saw this). The Robocop 2.0 prototypes were sort of creepy, and it was disturbing, looking at Robocop divided into several pieces in pain.

      In addition, with Frank Miller (Creator of Sin City) on board as co-writer, you definitely get a sense of his style on screen. Fans of his work, will surely enjoy this brought to life adaptation. And will recognize his violent imagery and humour.

      (THOUGHTS)

      For those who are a fan of the first instalment, you will have a great time with this one. But, it doesn't have as broad an audience appeal as the first one. The humanity, that kept it relatable, is stripped away. This one is funnelled more, to please the Robocop fans. And, it fulfills it's purpose. They kept the satirical commercial ads that I like. It is lighter, and feels more commercial this time around. I suppose that's usually the case, with the second instalment of a successful film. I think a fair comparison, that comes to mind is - it's like Ironman 2, is to Ironman. If you know what I mean by that, that's how it feels to me.

      I was on board with the direction that they took, and they brought all of the great stuff that I liked about in the first, and paid attention to those aspects. I couldn't have been granted a more suitable follow up.

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      17.11.2009 12:26
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      Uphold the law, serve the public and.....damn i've forgotten

      Detroits 'Security Concepts' are up to their old tricks, in this sequel to the popular classic they want to create secure neighbourhoods where police forces are paid by the inhabitants. Unfortunately if we learnt anything from Robocop it is that 'Security Concepts' can't be trusted and we're right as they are working with the cities drug dealers who have a new drug to corrupt the city "Nuke".

      Robocop is still on the streets but he is having problems, when apprehending a 'perp' he confuses the young killer with his own son and lets him go, this is due to a problem in his memory data, 'Security Concepts' realise Robocop could scupper their plans and decide due to the glitch to update his data memory erasing the programming to serve the public, uphold law and order and protect the innocent by indoctrinating him with thousands of useless programmes which confuse and disorientate him. Will the corporation win this battle or is their something in the human side of this robot enforcer that will enable him to fight the baddies?

      Cast
      Peter Weller ... Robocop
      Belinda Bauer ... Dr. Juliette Faxx
      John Glover ... Magnavolt Salesman
      Mario Machado ... Casey Wong
      Leeza Gibbons ... Jess Perkins
      John Ingle ... Surgeon General
      Tom Noonan ... Cain
      Roger Aaron Brown ... Whittaker
      Gabriel Damon ... Hob
      Mark Rolston ... Stef
      Lila Finn ... Homeless Woman
      John Hateley ... Purse Snatcher
      Gage Tarrant ... Hooker
      Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Chet (as Tommy Rosales)
      Brandon Smith ... Flint
      Wallace Merck ... Gun Shop Owner

      This film is different to the original, its not simply a cash cow to milk the original this has a good story and is much darker than the original film in many aspects.

      The screenplay was written by Frank Miller the creator of Sin City and this can be seen in the mood of the city and the entire story, its dark and asks a lot of ethical questions.

      I particularly enjoyed the battle within Robocop to uphold good, following his reprogramming we see the good man within when he electrocutes himself at the risk of certain death simply to overload the random programming he has received.

      The film is dark and very violent and it has aged somewhat being nearly 20 years old now, it certainly looks like an old film compared to todays efforts.

      The film is actually much more than violent redemption film, Miller contemplates the issue of Government powers and the ever growing legislation used to keep citizens in line, it is in many ways a vindictive slash at government and allows Miller to use Robocop as his medium for change, the story is good but I felt the film missed Vorhoeven's direction which had style and a touch of panache to it, this is dark and moody and while it gets its points across at times it does come across as a bit preachy but its message is still relevant today.

      The DVD is available in a boxset as Robocop 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Play.com for £5.22.

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      20.01.2009 11:11

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      Not too bad, rent it - don't buy it.

      In this second outing of the Robocop franchise OCP, the consumer company who effectively own the police, are wishing to create Robocop 2, with their results all failing miserably - many of the humans reborn as cyborgs commit suicide almost immediately. After a failed drugs bust, Robocop is re programmed to be more touchy feely, driving at the speed limit and talks to criminals, rather than shooting them. He goes up, and captures, drug lord Kane who, after Robocop wipes his programming by electrocuting himself, who is badly injured and is also made into a cyborg.

      Unfortunately, this film works on the premise that the best way to do a sequal is to make a bigger, badder robot for robocop to fight. Somehow this sequel has lost the gritty realism of the original, with the ironic and funny news broadcasts also loosing their appeal and sense of irony.

      This film just proves that sequels rarely work. For a start, Kane, as a robot, still takes the drug nuke, how it effects him is anybodys guess! At the end of the first film, Robocop has reconciled with his human past, whereas in this film he has, for some reason, returned to the complete machine he started as.

      The film has a poor script and the attempt at humour is laughable (but for entirely the wrong reasons). This is just cashing in on the success of the first film and decides 'lets make him fight a bigger robot'. A shame since the first film was so good, this film has poorer acting and Mr Weller, stuck in the Robocop outfit, very much seems to be going through the motions.

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      23.09.2008 20:36
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      Robot cop classic

      This kind killed off the robocop legend, the first film was dark and violent and this just doesnt cut it. The lack of imagintaion in the tittle and the almost same plot as the first film (evil drug baron and extra crazy drug baron turned police robot nemasis!?! what were they thinkin. I was pretty stoked when i heard there would be a second robocop as i was a massive fan of the first, and on first viewing i did'nt mind it, It still is quite violent in parts but just lacked the vibe the first film had, not that i like violent especially, just they way the first film did it.
      The graphics are good in parts and the robot 'kane' is pretty cool and there are some funny bits but it lacks the the brilliant qoutes and iconic status of the first film. One for the collection if your a super fan of robocop if not just stick to the first one.

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        04.07.2008 08:55
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        Good comic book action film.

        They did not spend much time coming up with a title for this film as it is what it says on the can, and the can in question for this film is the metal supercop that was originally police officer Murphy and is now mostly metal.

        In order to give him a bit more of an appeal this film opens with Robocop being haunted by the fact that his mind knows that he once had a past and the memories that keep surfacing in his mind, however there is a bigger problem in od Detroit, despite his efforts crime has not really reduced and with the police out on strike a new drug called Nuke has the masses in its addictive clutches with crime lord Kane happy to satisfy the addiction.

        Cast List

        Belinda Bauer ... Dr. Juliette Faxx
        Mario Machado ... Casey Wong
        Leeza Gibbons ... Jess Perkins
        John Ingle ... Surgeon General
        Tom Noonan ... Cain
        Roger Aaron Brown ... Whittaker
        Brandon Smith ... Flint
        Peter Weller ... Robocop
        Michael Medeiros ... Catzo
        Galyn Görg ... Angie
        Nancy Allen ... Anne Lewis
        Clinton Austin Shirley ... Jimmy Murphy
        Angie Bolling ... Ellen Murphy
        Jeff McCarthy ... Holzgang
        Ken Lerner ... Delaney
        Willard E. Pugh ... Mayor Kuzak (as Willard Pugh)
        Phil Rubenstein ... Poulos
        Felton Perry ... Donald Johnson
        John Doolittle ... Dr. Schenk
        Robert DoQui ... Sgt. Reed (as Robert Do'Qui)

        Peter Weller returns as Robocop and many of the cast from the last one, well those Robo did not kill, are back also.

        If anything this film is better or at least equal to the first one, there are a few more tongue in cheek jokes in the film as it does not take itself too seriously and while it is still a dark action movie there are some lighter touches, in particular the scene where a little league baseball team are robbing an electrical store directed by their coach.

        This is an enjoyable film, lots of great action scenes and the special effects where Robocop fights the latest upgraded version of himself is pretty spectacuar.

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          11.08.2001 20:19
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          Robocop 2 is another movie which adds weight to the argument that sequels basically suck. Few sequels work, those that do are usually radical rethinks of the movie whih came before and have very few elements of the original in them, or make use of more modern technology to blow the predecessor away with flashy special effects and the like. Robocop 2 followed on too closely to its predecessor for that to ever be a viability and went for the highly obvious 'evil robot' plot for its main focus rather than coming up with a surprising take on the old idea. Basically they made a movie which took the ideas of the original and threw away half the good parts, adding another robot and some ultra-violence to draw a visuals hungry audience. What they came up with is a movie which sucks. Well, ok that is too harsh but frankly its not very good. The original Robocop, directed by Paul Verhoeven had a cast of characters who you could empathise with. Peter Weller was introduced to us as the very human, family man cop before being shot to pieces in a warehouse by a gang of psychos. His Robocop character was all programmed robot - cold and mechanised in direct comparison. We liked the characters, empathising with his plight and with his partner having to see him like this, wanting revenge for him against the thugs and for him to find some of the humanity which she knows is burried in his brain somewhere. Robocop 2 features the same pairing but its not the same - both appear to be delivering their lines in a daydream rather than putting any feeling behind them. Not surprising when the makers have decided to add 'comedy' to the proceedings which really does NOT work at all. OCP have operated on Robocop after a botched raid at a drug warehouse, making him a much more touchy-feely crime fighter. He drives the speed limit at all times, turns off a fire hydrant which some kids are playing under to conserve water...and its all VERY annoying and pathetic. Beh
          ind all this LA is still falling apart and now a career criminal by the name of Kane is selling a new, highy addictive drug called Nuke on the streets. Nuke kills and the police force are determined to eradicate it. Robocop is their main weapon but his circuits are fried but eventually he takes matters into his own hands to solve that problem. Kane basically gets ass-whupped and ends up in a hospital bed...OCP seeing a perfect chance to build a newer better robot using his brain stem, controlling him more effectively than they could Robocop I(they name him Robocop II..gawd) by using his own addiction to Nuke. Things backfire of course and Kane goes on the rampage, the seemingly impervious robot gunning down everything in sight in the final excellent 10 minutes. Robocop has to go up against the new model...who will win... Well considering there was a Robocop III this is perhaps a question already answered...but then you know the good guys always win anyway :oP~~. Well anyway, is it worth watching. Yes and no(helpful aren't I). The makers obviously decided to take the humour of the original which was very definitely there, but oh so tongue in cheek and bring it to the forefront. They paint a bleak vision of the future of the world and pack the movie with cruel social commentary which is fun and has its place but perhaps not here. This movie is too violent to be funny, the two do not mix - or at least they damn well shouldn't. It makes the violence cartoonish and takes away from the overall 'action feel' of the movie. The violence detracts from the comedy aspect in turn so you get a movie which misses both marks. Giving Robocop a human side in the first part of the movie turns him into little more than a guy in a sardine can so you can't take the movie seriously from then on. His partner seems like she couldn't give a damn and really the only one who comes across well is the guy who plays Kane and he's not that great. You would thin
          k then that the special effects would be good, because the movie would have to have some major selling point. Well actually they aren't - this movies major selling point is the name 'Robocop'. Weller's costume looks decidedly plastic here which was something the original managed to avoid. The 'Kane' robot is big and menacing, but ultimately rather unimpressive in its animation - highly unrealistic. The action is ok, but rather limited other than the opening drug bust and the closing carnage which is rather good but still not good enough to rescue the movie. Its all distinctly average I'm afraid and only worth of a 3 star rating...and thats being generous because I am in a good mood :o)

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            07.12.2000 17:00

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            I watched the original Robocop many times and I looked forward to seeing the sequel. Unfortunately it's a bit of a disappointment. Robocop is back and this time he is taking on a crimelord called Cain,who is in control of distributing a drug called 'nuke' All doesn't go to plan and when Robo tries to take them on, he ends up in pieces. He finally manages to hospitalise Cain but an OCP lady thinks that Cain would make a good Robocop 2 because they could control him with durgs to make sure he did what they wanted. As you might expect it all goes horribly wrong and good old Robocop has to save the city again. The film producers have been a bit more ambitous with the special effects but I think they've been too over ambitous, the overall visual quality of the film isn't that great. The storyline is ok, but a bears a lot of similarities to the first story. There is still a lot of blood and gore but I fell that there is too much as it detreacts from the film itself. Out of the three films I think that this is the worst one. It's not an awful film but it's not the best.

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            22.08.2000 00:30

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            Irvin Kirshner directed Empire Strikes Back, which is in this reviewer's opinion the most overrated of the Star Wars series. Kirshner has done nothing else of note [except perhaps the Bond film Never Say Never Again ] and this piece is certainly not much to look at. Dan O'Herlihy is back as the CEO of OCP. Belinda Bauer takes over from Ronny Cox as the Corporate Villain while Tom Noonan [Last Action Hero] is the new gangster in town since Clarence Bodicker lost out. Although Frank Miller [The Dark Knight returns] was writer, this is just another typical hollywood sequel - they spent the extra budget on flashing lights and flashier SPFX.

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            09.08.2000 07:55

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            As a sequel it is not that bad a film true it is very violent but it has an underlying message in it as well. Frank Miller is the man who wrote the two sequels.. It's a lot more violent than the first and it gives a much darker vision of the future. The boy who played Hob was amazing, he's one of the best child actors around. But this is filled with great performances. Peter Weller reprises the role he accepted in 1987. It's got a lot of gore, but also a lot of humor and great music. I loved the way they made RoboCop 2 (the robot, not the movie), with the cute stop-motion effects. This movie might look a bit dated, but it's its corniness that makes good. Corny humor combined with over-the-top violence is great.

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            26.06.2000 00:53
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            After the immense success of the original Robocop film, director Irvin Kershner takes over the reins from master of violence director Paul Verhoeven to direct a decidedly average, and almost pointless sequel to a great film! Peter Weller still plays Robocop, but unlike his stern mechanical and confused emotion character from the original, he's become a bit more human and *gulp* humorous...Now, you can only see Robo as some guy wearing a big bunch of titanium and that tarnished the character in this film. Cain (Tom Noonan) however is as good a villain as Kurtwood Smith from the original movie, but it's a shame he doesn't get to say much...even when Robo kills this 'nuke' drug peddling bastard, only to be turned into 'Robocop 2' by a clueless new OCP secretary; designed to be a replacement to the original! (No! We live Robo 1!). The violence in this still lives up to the original, just about, and even more sometimes which is good, but the attempts at adding comedy in destroy the sterness that made the original so much more of a compelling see. What's still interesting though is that Robo still is Murphy, and inititally tried to get back with his wife and kid; but to no avail *sob*! Needless to say the effects are good again (we even get to see Robo disected after a gone wrong bust at a factory), and the story isn't too bad, but isn't the idea of a machine called 'Robocop 2' for the film, just so cliche? Robo defeats the nuke feeding successor in the end and they all live happily ever, and OCP along with the previously on-strike fellow cops get to turn Detroit into 'Delta City' of the future; and they all lived happily ever after, except Weller didn't want to be part of 'Robocop 3', and with good reason, and I didn't even bother seeing that. Robocop 1 is the best, but Robocop 2 is entertaining, but maybe 'offensive' if you hold the original in too much high regard; a good see an
            yway.

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          RoboCop 2 isn't just the title of the first sequel to RoboCop but refers, in a plot prefiguring Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), to a second, more powerful cyborg introduced as an adversary to the tin-can man played to perfection by Peter Weller. Generally dismissed by most fans, here director Irvin Kershner does much the same job as he did with the first Star Wars sequel, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), which is to make a darker and in some ways more involving follow-up. Nancy Allen returns from the original as RoboCop's policewoman sidekick and Kershner sticks to the jet-black satire and ruthless comic-book morality of the original, making this a rarity for Hollywood: a multi-million-dollar franchise movie anti-capitalist assault on the "greed is good" mentality of the Regan era. There's even a hilariously prescient dig at the way the studio would eventually dumb the series down into family-friendly fodder, a process that began with the immediate sequel, RoboCop 3 (1993). Action is to the fore and among the spectacular set-pieces and furious carnage RoboCop 2 offers a last stand before digital effects took over for some excellent stop-motion animation for RoboCop's psychotic new foe. On the DVD: this is a perfunctory release with nothing in the way of extras bar the original trailer presented cropped to 4:3. Fortunately the 1.77:1 picture on the main feature is excellent, with minimal grain, strong colours and plenty of detail. The sound, though four-channel Dolby Prologic rather than Dolby Digital, is likewise excellent, with every word clear and gunshots, explosions and pulsating score combining to full cacophonic blockbuster effect. The disc also contains dubbed versions in Italian, French and Spanish, as well as a vast selection of subtitles. --Gary S Dalkin