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RoboCop 2 (1990)
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spanking new drug named “Nuke” has hit the streets of Old Detroit
while half-man, half-machine Robocop (Weller) is doing his best to clean
shack. But when OCP lets Robocop 2 loose-- a powerful android blessed
with heavy firepower and the brain of a sociopath junkie-- Robo’s
struggle to keep things in check get a tiny-weenie rougher. LET’S GET
READY TO RUMBLE!
yourselves!!!-- The Old Man
my book of enjoyable toffee, "Robocop 2" is a kickass nasty sequel to Paul
“Master of Disaster” Verhoeven’s multi-layered original.
Directed by Irvin Kershner (of "Empire Strikes Back" fame) and
written by "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" scribe Frank Miller (although it is said that his script got
mucho re-written), this punk was shamefully overlooked when it came out in
theatres and has gone under-appreciated ever since. Watching it again
today, I had forgotten just how solid it was and had quite the bumpy rodeo
ride with it all.
element I really got off on was the lean and mean nihilistic streak that
this flick proudly wore on its armor. "Robocop 2" embraced human
“ugliness” and I hugged it for it! Its depiction of the wide spreading
disease that is crime was unapologetically brutal, while its display of
drug addicts (shite, even the evil robot was a junkie…yeah, bitch!) was
unrepentant. By rule of toe, I usually relish celluloid treats with big
“German Shepherd” testies between their legs, films that are not afraid
to push the envelope of political correctness and "Robocop 2" is one of
those lollipops. The flick proved its “F. U.” attitude some
more via its excessive and delicious showcases of violence. There was no
messing around here when it came to plasma-filled mayhem and that scored
big points with this jack-off! Damn, there was even the inclusion of a cussing
12-year old brat who liked to mow down peeps with an automatic weapon! Was
it out of line? Hell yeah! And I loved every second of it!
that to your PTA meetings and shove that up your Jack Valenti loving ass!
although the balance between the laughs and the pow-wow was a tad harsh
when compared to the original’s seamless and sly wit, I still chuckled
hard throughout. The extreme, out of line, satirical TV commercials (all
about that dude losing that account…lol!) owned me and the instance
where Robocop was reprogrammed to act like a “boy scout” also had me
in stitches. What an unorthodox narrative twist, especially for a big
budget sequel! NICE! As for
the insane action, well, it crashed into my living room like
a freight train and entertained the shite out of me. We get all kinds of
shootouts, car chases, explosions and folks being messily riddled with
bullets. Lastly, the hooker on top of this one’s face was the presence
of villain Robocop 2. If it
wasn’t his slick design rubbing me the right way, it was his slew of
gnarly weapons, his goofy craving for drugs or his penchant for carnage
galore stroking my spine. The uber koolness of Robo 2 often compensated
for the, at times, “so-so” stop motion effects.
the blank side of the bullet, the story here didn’t unravel gracefully
and felt a tad choppy in places. I was also bummed to see the gripping
scene in which Robocop meets his widowed wife cut so darn short. The subplot
should’ve been constant throughout the movie since it was the only true humanity
left within it. Furthermore, the script had one major plot hole that
kept bashing me over the head-- who the heck would be stupid enough to put
the brain of a drug addicted criminal into a “Police Droid” and expect
positive results? I didn’t buy it! In addition, a couple of characters
got on my nerves with the spastic Mayor (Pugh) being the crowning king in
that department. Although he made me laugh a few times. I mostly wanted to
run over him with my tractor (yes, I own a tractor…don’t ask).
"Robocop 2" was a “fuck yeah”, vicious blast! Think the crass cousin of
the class original. For me, there’s nothing wrong with crass if it’s
shoved in your face with aggressiveness and zero remorse and "Robocop 2" did
just that! LET'S GET WILD!
(Robocop), once more, played it down while managing to emote beyond the
suit. Great job! Nancy Allen
(Lewis) had less to do here than in the first film, but she was still cute
as button. Loved that new hairdo! Tom Noonan (Cain) excelled once again at playing a loony (Manhunter baby, Manhunter!) and he gave his “slimly
written” role much presence. Gabriel Damon (Hob) was effective as the
psycho kid, Willard E. Pugh (Mayor) annoyed me half the time as the
‘nervous wreck” clown and Belinda Bauer (Dr. Faxx) worked as the
do you like your ribs? DRIPPING WITH BLOOD! We get a high heel shoe in the
eye, countless bloodied bullet hits, a man’s chest opened with a
scalpel, cuts in the face, Robo cut in half, a bullet in the eye, a
revealed brain, a nasty neck snap, a squashed brain and more! This one put
the “ence” in “violence”. YEEHAW!
fine ladies in this crib, but none of them dropped their tops. At least we
got to stare at Robo’s buns of steel.
handled this ride like a champ! He gave it a sly tinted blue look, milked
tension to a hilt when necessary (that robot in hangar scene ruled!) while
putting out his action scenes with flair and gusto. Good work, my man!
We get an
adequate score by Leonard Rosenman and the bad
ass tune “The Kid goes Wild” by Babylon A.D. Man, I used to love that
freakin' song to death! ARROW SINGS: “Angry
and young, under the gun; the kid goes wild!” YEAHHHHH!
Release Date: June 8, 2004
We get an anamorphic 1.85.1 widescreen image.
We get a Dolby Digital 5.1 sound with optional subtitles (English,
French and Spanish).
All we get is the Theatrical Trailer.
For more info on the ROBOCOP TRILOGY BOX SET, read my "RoboCop"
I read other
"Robocop 2" reviews after writing mine and the reasons other
critics gave for not liking it wound up being my main reasons for digging
it the most. Go figure! "Robocop 2" joins the ranks of "Soldier" and
Dredd" as one of the most unjustifiably reviled sci-fi bonanzas on the
fanboy block. Was it as tight, profound and clever as the original? Nope!
Was it an engaging and well made fiasco of pow-wow, disproportionate
violence, robots duking it out and offensive humor? YOU GOT IT! This is a perfect Friday night anarchic fodder with friends
and brews in tow!
Miller’s “Robocop 2” script was adapted as a comic. To see the man’s
real vision for what was supposed to be Robocop 2, get it!
2 screenwriter Frank Miller has a cameo role as a nuke scientist.
suit was blue in this sequel as opposed to metallic colored like in the
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