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Robocop 2 Reviews

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January 29, 2015
A somewhat worthy sequel to a cinamatic masterpiece. A more mean spirited and even darker film than even the original, yet retains non of the irony or satire. It's more of a parody of the previous film with almost the exact same plot. 6 out'ta 10
January 28, 2015
The plot is so weak that it is often hard to guess what will happen next. Uneven and hard to follow. What should be a fun follow up to the original quickly disintegrates into a caricature of itself. While it tries to grapple with the issues of the day: money, corruption, technology, drugs and crime; it fails to make anything more than a superficial commentary. Money, bad. Crime, bad. Movie, bad.
January 27, 2015
not as good as the first but still very good
January 20, 2015
Surprised I enjoyed this. It was actually more like a good old robocop romp without any deeper meaning or something like that. Action was pretty good. Don't know why so many people don't like this one.
½ December 25, 2014
Where to start with what's wrong with this picture. Firstly they changed Robocop from a realistic looking chrome to a plastic blue suit. They also made his voice sound weird. The villain isn't interesting or entertaining in anyway. They put an annoying twelve year in it as a bad guy. Basically the list of flaws is endless.

The original picture in my opinion is still untouchable. With good effects, casting and story, none of these qualities are present in the sequels.

It's a shame because it could have been a lot better but it completely missed the mark.
½ November 24, 2014
While being hysterical at parts, Robocop 2 feels empty in the intellectual and satirical department that made the original so much fun to watch.
November 23, 2014
Can't believe that I'm saying this but, I honestly think that this movie is good enough to warrant a pass. It's stupid and idiotic, but hey, the first one was too. Way too many subplots, but they did all tie in together and they never did exceed their tolerance level. Good buy doesn't win 100% of the time, especially near the end? Granted, but I felt it allowed for a more realistic and satirical view on things.
November 19, 2014
It's got nothing on the first one, but Peter Weller still shines, and it serves up some great action and B-movie pulp. Plus, it was co-written by Frank Miller, so it naturally has a bit of a comic book feel to it, which works (mostly) in the picture's favor.
November 13, 2014
Similar to it's predecessor, but more crazy, more schlock. and not as well structured (the storyline falls through about half-way). But still cool sci-fi, darkly satirical, and still containing great over-the-top violent action. A worthy, though inferior, sequel. 6.5/10
November 5, 2014
not as good as the first but still violent as hell.
½ October 5, 2014
It's all dumb-hill from here, as well as being weak, with nasty characterizations, and both performances and unreasonable effects at a poor level. I should've trust my instincts to not watch this movie when it only offers a few seconds of likable action. (C)
September 30, 2014
A dumbed down sequel that keeps some of satire and increases the violence, but ditches the soul and wit of the original. The clash between Robocop and robo-cain is awesome though.
½ September 29, 2014
This was always my shit as a kid but not better then the first one
September 2, 2014
Not as good as the original but still had fun watching it!
½ August 13, 2014
A considerable step down from the original. The stop motion wasn't all that great either.
Cameron W. Johnson
Super Reviewer
½ August 12, 2014
"RoboCop Episode II: The Detroit Police Department Strikes Back". You know, it's corny stretches like that which probably drove Irvin Kershner to, upon completing this film, sit back and think, "Man, what am I doing with my directorial abilities?". He bailed out of that part of the film business, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's because he knew what people were going to always remember about him as a filmmaker. Man, you know that they got him this gig because he's used to working with men they had to turn into cyborgs in order to make him a stronger figure of authority. I can just see RoboCop and Darth Vader hanging out in a cantina, sharing some motor oil, or whatever it is that androids drink, and joking about how kids these days are getting wimpier, what with Anakin's kid complaining enough about just getting his hand cut off. RoboCop wished that it ended with his hand getting blown off, and I'd imagine a couple of people wish the same thing, because they were running enough risks for stupidity with just one "RoboCop" movie. Well, don't worry... that one guy left after me who still hasn't seen this film, because this sequel gets by, though not without some bumps.

The predecessor hit its share of tropes, sure, but in so many ways, it was truly original, and with this sequel, that originality has begun to expire, and it doesn't help that the narrative is, at the very least, as formulaic as the predecessor, with conventions that are harder to ignore, due to the lack of freshness, and the conformity to cheesily problematic tropes. Just in time for the turn into the '90s, this film proves to be more of a generic '80s action film than its predecessor, complete with trite dialogue and cornball comic relief, as well as action about as over the top as many narrative attributes. More so than the predecessor, this film ought to feel inconsequential as an action fluff piece, and more often than not, it is just that, but it sometimes incorporates dramatic touches which are noble, yet leave the film to take itself too seriously, at least enough to drive inconsistency in tone, and stress the limitations of the story concept. Again, on the whole, this is inconsequential action fluff, and although it is plenty of fun, with some surprisingly compelling occasions, there shouldn't be much to it, and it grows harder and harder to deny that the more the film tries to keep busy. Clocking in just shy of two hours, and therefore being longer than its predecessor, this film, to be so inconsequential, is too long, and when it isn't bloated with totally expendable filler, it's taking on ultimately expendable layers which lead to certain focal inconsistencies and wear down momentum to aimlessness, despite all of the predictability. Overblown, this film tries to be memorable, and it ultimately offer plenty of memorable, fun moments, but the conventions, cheese, unevenness and overall inconsequentiality render the final product even more underwhelming than a predecessor which let down some potential. Still, the point is that this film is plenty of fun if you can take it for what it is, and even embrace its script for what it is.

There's both too much and not much to Wallon Green's and action comic legend and first-time screenwriter Frank Miller's thin and cheesy, yet still draggy and uneven script, but as excessive as the narrative is altogether, every set piece is tight, with enough dynamicity and material to hold your attention, despite a lack of depth. If there is some humanity here, then it's found in the cast, that is, to an extent, as there is some overacting within the supporting cast, but the leads do a decent job, with the surprisingly unevenly used Peter Weller projecting a presence of authority, punctuated by some arguably unfitting subtlety to dramatic projections which are actually pretty effective. Weller helps in giving the film a heart, but at the end of the day, it is all about the fluff, and in order for that to work, this film needs to look at, not so much storytelling proficiency, but technical proficiency. Sure enough, while this film doesn't do as much as one might expect to up the spectacle of the last film, the effects, in spite of some dating, are well-conceived and flashy, helping in immersing you in this futuristic world. Of course, the technical value most immerses you in the action, which is about as solid as it was in the predecessor, with tight, dynamic staging and explosive visuals to mark heights in tension and even entertainment value to Irvin Kershner. You can see Kershner's directorial inspiration slipping with this, his final directorial performance, and quite frankly, I never thought he was an especially strong filmmaker, but he's always known entertainment value, and he sure knows how to showcase that here, with enough colorful scene structuring and attention to solid technicality to sustain, if nothing else, a fun factor through and through. This film isn't quite up to par with an already underwhelming predecessor, but I don't feel that it descends as far from the bar as many are saying, keeping up that entertainment value enough be a fun, if nevertheless inconsequential action flick.

Altogether, the film is nothing new, but it is plenty cheesy, and even then, it sometimes takes itself too seriously to keep consistent with tone, just as it's too overlong to keep consistent with focus, making it harder to deny the inconsequentiality which secures the final product as underwhelming, but lively scripting, charismatic performances, flashy effects, solid action and entertaining direction make "RoboCop 2" a fun, worthy follow-up to a classic, if also flawed action thriller.

2.5/5 - Fair
½ August 8, 2014
This is not bad, of course it isn't. I think it's a very acceptable sequel, with the Paul Verhoeven's spirit, that spirit of Black Comedy, that spirit of explicit action. I really enjoyed this film, it's a good sequel, "worthy" in my opinion.
½ July 31, 2014
Not bad but it had nothing over the first
July 29, 2014
Half man, half machine, all cop, and a very solid movie. It seems more realistic than CGI made effects.
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