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Robocop 2 (1990)

Peter Weller , Belinda Bauer , Irvin Kershner  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Weller, Belinda Bauer, John Glover, Mario Machado, Leeza Gibbons
  • Directors: Irvin Kershner
  • Writers: Edward Neumeier, Frank Miller, Michael Miner, Walon Green
  • Producers: Jane Bartelme, Jon Davison, Patrick Crowley
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 1997
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630507335X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robocop 2" on IMDb

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With the surprise success--both critical and commercial--of Robocop, it was inevitable that a sequel would emerge (actually, two sequels). But this follow-up lacked the dyspeptically funny vision of filmmaker Paul Verhoeven and wound up skimming the surface to repeat only the most superficial elements of the original: the big, clunky hero (played by Peter Weller), the ultra-violence (minus a dark sense of humor), and the plethora of action sequences. What plot there is deals with the corporation that runs the cops and its two-pronged attempt to squeeze every dime out of the populace and the city: create a new drug crisis (with an incredibly addictive synthetic drug the corporation manufactures, spread by a charismatic drug lord) and then attack with a bigger robot, one that eliminates Robocop at the same time. Would that they had. --Marshall Fine

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Peter Weller and Nancy Allen return for more crime-fighting action in the sequel to the sci-fi fantasy, "Robocop." This time, the "Future of Law Enforcement" is pitted against his newer, bigger and more powerful replacement.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now...a word on nutrition July 6, 2005
Robocop 2 is probably the most under-rated and most harshly criticized sequel in history (tying with Predator 2, which came out the same year). Because of a few missing elements from the first and a slightly more cartoonish approach to the violence, the critics and public alike were not pleased and opinions and feelings toward the franchise nosedived with the just plain awful Robocop 3.

Don't con yourself out of a good movie though. Robocop 2 still has the same savage sense of humor, cynical social commentary and character pathos of the first film. It's a hyper-realistic vision of an America populated by gun-loving psychos, a democracy owned by big business and the poverty-stricken addicted to drugs dealt to them by peddlers believing themselves to be the second coming of Christ.

Far-fetched could be the typical way of describing it. Completely-over-the-top would be more appropriate. Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner chucks in as much sadistic violence, deafening gunfire, endless destruction and loss of human life that the film just begs you not to take it seriously.

Some of the blame was placed on writer Frank Miller for the film being more cartoonish than the original. I don't think this is very fair. I read Miller's original script when I was in high school and it is rather different and, dare I say, unfilmable. Robocop 2 himself was not Nuke Lord Caine, the psychotic hippie with delusions of Godhood. He was called Kong, a psychotic cop who pretty much killed everybody he came across. Sgt. Reed and the Old Man died and there wasn't much humor. Screenwriter Walon Green was hired to doctor the script and much of what appears on screen is actually his work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The inevitable sequel is not as bad as some make out; though, compared with the original, it fails on all levels. Released with a surge of hype in 1989, this will fill only those who saw the first as a violent action picture, rather than the layered modern sci-fi it really is.

It's portrayal of a new drug culture offers nothing new, and seems pretty lazy and easy as a purpose to satirise. The villain, Cain, a sort of hippy throwback, seems a bit too much of a `superhero' villain (i.e. wacky, unconventional) to offer any gritty realism (unlike the first). Irvin Kershner, the director who gave us the most fulfilling Star Wars episode - The Empire Strikes Back, seems to lack the social and political bite that Verhoeven created with the first movie.

However, if you see the film in the right light - as a comic-book style movie, then ROBOCOP 2 is elevated somewhat. There are parts when satire does sparkle, for example, where Robocop/Murphy is `reprogrammed' and set back out onto the streets is a vicious swipe at OTT political correctness and liberalism (as the first movie took a swipe at conservatism and big business fascism).

The violence is not as brutal and realistic as the first one, but it is still far off the `children' friendly Robocop spin-offs that follow this movie.

News bulletins and faux advertisements return, but this time they feel too absurd and hokey, so instead of satirising modern western media, it simply parodies the adverts/news bulletins that where in the first film.

It isn't as bad as professional reviewers have said, so this may come across as two hours of full-on exciting action - though not much else.
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In contrast to many other reviewers, I happen to think R2 has an astonishingly inventive script brimming with daring, dark satire. The satire is so dark however, that it challenges a viewer not to be merely "entertained", but enter into a dialogue with the film. I contend that R2 is in the tradition of such apocpalyptic satirical art as CLOCKWORK ORANGE and NAKED LUNCH which serve to warn humankind just where in hell its crazed heart may lead.
Unlike most mainstream Hollywood films, R2 is deeply critical of humanity and its resulting civilization -- starting with the harsh market-driven economy of winners and losers (it is no coincidence that both the drug trade and OCP bow to the same economic models). By depicting a world of such dire human/social affliction coupled with all the high-tech tools required to increase its profit (and anguish), R2 challenges the viewer to separate from this "humanity". Like the best satire, R2 exists to crack our rose-colored glasses, bloody our noses, and tell us what's wrong, so there is precious little "good" to root for in either old or new Detroit. What's at stake in R2 is simply keeping the flood of evil from drowning everything all at once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dont pay a high price for this!
fair warning, do not pay to much for this release on blu ray. They are rereleasing it here:... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mike Rules
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!
Quality is like new. Delivery was on time. Never regretted buying this movie. Its great!!! Buy it folks!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Asta
4.0 out of 5 stars a really good movie than the third movie
as robocop movies goes this was really a good movie peter weller returns as the title character and this time he is taking on a drug lord. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JohnC
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Robo's was enough!
Robo 1 was wonderful. Robo 2 was just right but Robo 3, oy. Two was just right. I hope the new one has its own flair.
Published 4 months ago by Janell
5.0 out of 5 stars In the minority
As much as I loved the first film,I actually enjoyed "Robocop 2" more.I thought the storyline,characters,dark humor and action were alot better in this sequel. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SideshowBob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Brings back good memories of when i was a younger child. I really recommend this movie to friends an family
Published 6 months ago by Marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
no issues came pretty fast original packaging not a single scratch on the disk the dvd played fine no issues and came in big bubble wrapped envelope to keep it from getting damaged
Published 6 months ago by roger
4.0 out of 5 stars ROBO2.0
Despite the production problems this film had, Robocop 2 feels like a true sequel to its predecessor. It adds more action, more fun and more violence to the mix. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mad Max-ist
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
to bad there is not a ROBO COP in every city, we could program them to take out the crooks, drug dealers and idiot politicians all at the same time.
Published 8 months ago by David Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Robo Cop 2.
Great movie. more words required....great movie, fun stuff. the future of our lives.
Thanks. jim.
More words required. fun stuff, the future of our country. Ha.
Published 8 months ago by J. Cook
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Good job. Couldn't agree more. The story of RC2's production is more interesting than the movie itself. I'd love to find the workprint. Too bad this movie is supremely hated by those who made it, I'd love a SE too!
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