In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
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THE KID GOES WILD
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Somewhere in this lack luster sequel is a good movie desperately trying to claw it's way out.
Having watched Robocop (1987) and having found it a thoroughly entertaining roller coaster of a ride I was eagerly anticipating the opportunity to see the 1990 sequel. Seeing many of the original cast reprise their roles as well as what on the surface appeared some very good recasting I plunged into Robocop 2 with gleeful abandon only to be quickly brought back down to earth.
To call myself disappointed is a gross understatement, I was distraught, devastated, my mind frantically tried to delete any recollection of this film from my memory. But alas, no amount of effort on my brain's part could erase the torment I had just subjected myself to.
Around the 23 minute mark was when the penny finally dropped that there was a distinct possibility that I would derive little enjoyment from this film. The opening segment and our reintroduction to Robocop showed some promise, they teased us with the idea of further exploring Robocop's humanity, to look at the man in the machine and what it is in Alex Murphy specifically that makes him the best "man" for the job and the question of whether he is a man or merely a machine... but the movie never delivers.
All the charm of the original is saturated in order to mash as many forgettable and foolish villains imaginable into this mess of a film. In order to appreciate how truly painful this movie is at times you really have to experience it for yourself but I do feel like I should stress that this film should come with a warning, because you may have to call a helpline afterwards.
As the more astute readers may have spotted I make reference in this reviews tagline that I believe somewhere in this train-wreck of a film is a good and worthy successor to Robocop desperately trying to worm its way out from the chains of mediocrity. Kain could have been an interesting foil to our titular hero but we are never given enough exposition of who he is and what it is that motivates him, the idea of an upgraded Robocop better than the original to pit against our hero is something we want but instead we are given ED-209 lite. They trick us into thinking we will be given a thought provoking action thriller but instead we are given a film that lacks both style and substance.
And this is what makes Robocop 2 all the more infuriating, I want it to be good, I want it to live up to the first film, it knows that it wants to live up to its father and his intimidating shadow but unfortunately for us, the audience, paying our hard earned money, it fails to deliver.
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