Release year: 1990
Director: Irvin Kershner
Screenwriter: Frank Miller, Walon Green, Edward Neumeier (characters), Michael Miner (characters)
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Gabriel Damon, Tom Noonan, Daniel O’Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Galyn Görg, Robert Do’Qui
Ratings: 3 Saturn Award nominations: Best Science Fiction film, Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Gabriel Damon), Best Special Effects
In a dystopian Detroit cyborg law enforcer RoboCop (Peteer Weller) still tries to keep crime of the streets, with big company OCP still working against him, scheming to take over the neighbourhood.
The last movie by director Kershner (Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, 1980) was this cyberpunk action movie, the sequel to Verhoeven’s action classic RoboCop from 1987. Once again starring Weller (Star Trek Into Darkness, 2013) as the stoic cyborg and once again opposite Allen (Carrie, 1976) as his loyal partner, the movie continues the story of the first RoboCop with big company OCP still the biggest threat to the city. Noonan (Manhunter, 1986) is a pleasure as drug lord Cain and it is a real shame he isn’t used more in the last half of the film where he is reduced to a badly computer animated face on a screen. Young Damon (Tequila Sunrise, 1988) and Görg (Point Break, 1991) are good as his associates while Bauer (Flashdance, 1983) and O’Herlihy (The Last Starfighter, 1984) perfectly nails the greedy and unethical business people everyone loves to hate. But the movie lacks the excellent soundtrack of Basil Poledouris’s from the first movie and the heart is somehow removed with the sequel focusing more on crime than the ethic of creating a cyborg out of human. With that said, this is a good action movie continuing the story in the same style as the first RoboCop and it is hard to demand of a sequel to be fresh and innovative. A perfect movie for anyone who didn’t get enough of Murphy after RoboCop.
The plot element of Detroit filing for bankruptcy received attention from the news media after this actually happened in 2013
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