Robocop 2

Year: 1990

Production: Orion

Director: Irvin Kershner

Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Belinda Bauer, Daniel O'Herlihy, Tom Noonan

Screenwriter: Frank Miller, Walon Green

Based on an story by Frank Miller

116 minutes; Color

Dismissed by most critics as an unimaginative retread of Robocop, Robocop 2 nevertheless has merits. Its narrative clarity and dash, which deliver a vision of future Detroit as one of the deeper circles of Hell, a sort of Dante-meets-DC Comics, are a credit to the partnership of director Kershner (who made The Empire Strikes Back [1980]) and screenwriter Miller (who wrote and illustrated the Batman graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns [graph 1986]). These qualities partially redeem Robocop 2's simplistic repetition of the previous film's thematic concerns (anti-capitalism, anti-liberalism, casual slaughter and lots of cynicism about tv news coverage) in a story where the good cyborg cop (Weller) is again pitted against the evil corporation (privatizing the police force and about to do likewise to City Hall) and their new, drug-crazed cyborg killer. Rob Bottin's cyborg designs are appropriately grotesque.

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