WHAT IS IT?
It's the sequel to hit sci-fi action movie Robocop (1987) and stars Peter Weller in the title role as the half-man, half machine police officer Alex Murphy. Picking up after the events of the first film, Robocop 2 saw everybody's favourite robotic lawman taking down crime in a future time (or something like that).
On this occasion Robocop had to deal with the introduction of a replacement man-machine (aka Robocop 2) as well his own attempts to figure out his place in the world.
The film was co-written by comic-book legend Frank Miller and was directed by former Empire Strikes Back (1980) helmer Irvin Kershner.
Upon release Robocop 2 made over $45 million from a budget of $35 million (technically making it a hit), however the film was met with mixed reviews.
Robocop 2 was followed by Robocop 3 (1993).
WHAT WAS GOOD?
The opening act of Robocop 2 introduced a couple of interesting ideas which demonstrated that the first Robo-sequel had some potential. Picking up after the events of the first movie Robocop was still trying to regain his humanity and was now 'stalking' his ex-wife.... meanwhile a replacement Robocop was in the works (aka Robocop 2) courtesy of OCP -
the corporation responsible for creating the original Robocop.
And that was about as good as Robocop 2 got.
WHAT WAS BAD?
Pretty much everything else in Robocop 2 was bad. After the initial set up, the two most interesting ideas in the film were quickly eroded away to make way for a return to pointless action scenes, crap attempts at humour and a severe lack of anything interesting happening. The use of an animatronic Robocop during a number of scenes also looked shit.
Robocop 2 reaked of missed opportunity and should have been so much better.