RoboCop 2 is one of those grave-turners.
In the world of RoboCop 2, your biggest worry is a cigarette look-alike called "Nuke," the cops are on strike, and Detroit can be bought and sold for a few hundred million. Oh yeah, and the only person left to depend on is a robotic scab.
You have to wonder if the team behind RoboCop has any clue where the top is, let alone how far over it they've gone.
As far as the flimsy piece of twine that attempts to hold RoboCop 2 together and call it a plot, it sits as this: Life in Detroit sucks. The cops are on strike and the only one still working is the cyborg RoboCop (Peter Weller) and his perpetual bad-hair-day partner, Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen). On the side of the bad guys there's religious drug zealot Cain (Tom Noonan, and score one for cheap Biblical references), a man who looks like Timothy Leary during a violent flashback. There's also Hob (Gabriel Damon), a kid on the fast track to being the next CEO of Enron, and Dr. Faxx (Belinda Bauer), a psychologist obsessed with making a better, more people friendly RoboCop and a more violent RoboCop 2 (why do bad action movies always have to have some stupid reference to their name in the actual narrative?). The rest of the movie shows a battle between the cops and the corporation so filled with contradictions and stupidity that it's utterly worthless to watch - although it is the first time that "The Man" has fought "The Man" in movies.
I really hate to bring the intellectual brain to the table with RoboCop 2, but it's the type of movie that will only make enough sense to enjoy if you have recently had a stroke or if you believe in absolutely no ideas. Short of that it's just a badly scripted mess that feels like a gang-rape of Orwellian ideas, an excuse to make a buck while decrying an evil company's endless favoring of making a buck over doing the right thing.
But hey, at least now even the most idiotic person can claim to have seen a good example of irony in action.
The new RoboCop box set offers all three films with copious extras. The original is an extended version of the film (you won't notice any extra scenes), plus a commentary track, deleted scenes, and several making of featurettes. The sequels get less attention (and rightly so), but it's still an awfully nice collection of DVDs, packaged in a nifty multi-folded box. I'd buy that for a dollar!
Run time: 117 mins
In Theaters: Friday 22nd June 1990
Box Office Worldwide: $45.7M
Distributed by: MGM
Production compaines: Orion Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 32%
Fresh: 11 Rotten: 23
IMDB: 5.7 / 10
Director: Irvin Kreshner
Producer: Jon Davison
Starring: Peter Weller as RoboCop, Belinda Bauer as Dr. Juliette Faxx, John Glover as Magnavolt Salesman, Gabriel Damon as Hob, Mario Machado as Casey Wong, Leeza Gibbons as Jesse Perkins, John Ingle as Surgeon General, Roger Aaron Brown as Whittaker, Mark Rolston as Stef, Nancy Allen as Officer Anne Lewis, Tom Noonan as Cain, Lila Finn as Homeless Woman (pushing trolley), John Hateley as Purse Snatcher, Gage Tarrant as Hooker, Tommy Rosales as Chet, Brandon Smith as Flint, Wallace Merck as Gun Shop Owner, Michael Medeiros as Catzo, Clinton Austin Shirley as Jimmy Murphy, Galyn Görg as Angie, Linda Thompson as Mother with Baby, Lily Chen as Desperate Woman, Angie Bolling as Ellen Murphy, Willard Pugh as Mayor Kuzak, Dan O'Herlihy as The Old Man, Adam Faraizl as Little League Kid, Erik Cord as Angry Citizen, Wanda De Jesus as Estevez, George Cheung as Gilette, Eric Glenn as Injured Cop, Stephen Lee as Duffy, Jo Perkins as Angry Citizen, Charles Bailey as Angry Citizen, Richard Reyes as Angry Citizen, John Doolittle as Schenk, Felton Perry as Donald Johnson, Phil Rubenstein as Poulos, Gary Bullock as Hack Doctor, Ed Geldhart as Electronics Store Owner, David Dwyer as Little League Coach, Justin Seidner as Brat, Bill Bolender as Cabbie, Fabiana Udenio as Sunblock Woman, Wayne De Hart as Vendor, Cynthia Mackey as Surgeon, James McQueen as Dr. Weitman, Yogi Baird as Contortionist, Jerry Nelson as Darren Thomas, Michael Weller as OCP Security #1, Woody Watson as OCP Security #2, Rutherford Cravens as Reporter #1, Christopher Quinten as Reporter #2, Martin Casella as Yuppie, Ken Learner as Delaney, Jeff McCarthy as Holzgang, Robert Doqui as Sergeant Warren Reed, Tzi Ma as Tak Akita