Friday, August 29, 2014

RoboCop 2 (1990)

Director: Irvin Kershner

Writers: Frank Miller, Walon Green

Composer: Leonard Rosenman

Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Tom Noonan, Gabriel Damon, Galyn Gorg, Felton Perry, Stephen Lee, Willard E. Pugh, Roger Aaron Brown, John Glover, Leeza Gibbons, Yogi Baird

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He's back to protect the innocents.

Plot: 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 Kane. 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 Kane as the new subject for the Robocop 2 project, a living God.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I saw this in the theater, hated it and I haven't seen it since.  I can't even tell you why I didn't like it it's been so long.  I don't know what's changed but it's actually pretty fun.  It's not a great follow up to the badassicity that was ROBOCOP (1987) and it's not nearly as violent or funny but it has its moments.  The best thing about it is the extraordinary amount of stop motion animation.  That final battle between Robocop and Cain is balls-out awesome with the stop motion.  That blew me away.  There's at least an attempt to capture the humor found in the first one with things like the telethon and the contortionist playing the violin but it's not as wild as the first one.  It doesn't necessarily have to live up to the first film in every way but this first sequel falls short in every way.  The story isn't that bad and there's a lot to like but it's lacking the maturity and assuredness the first film had.  I've never seen the third one but I'll fix that soon.  My expectations have been lowered.

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