Nowhere near as satisfying as its predecessor.Robocop 2 brings the return of the popular title character, this time sporting a script from cool comics guy Frank Miller. Should be a knockout.
Robocop 2 is an uneven blend of violence and humor, much like the first film. But whereas the first film was intentionally so, due in large part to the whacked sensibilities of director Paul Verhoeven, this one seems oddly timed and not really all that funny. Plots are left dangling, events are unexplained. It moves from action scene to action scene, throwing in the occasional cheesy action one-liner. It takes a succesful concept and turns it into formula, and bad formula at that.
Detroit is worse off at the beginning of this film than it was at the end of the last one. The OCP corporation is taking over, and the cops are all on strike. OCP tries to recreate the lightning in a bottle that was the first Robocop by making another, this time (using logic that only works in movies, and never really truly works there) putting the brain of a drug addicted homicidal maniac in the machine. This, of course, leads to the inevitable stop-motion miniature showdown.
I expected more from Miller as the writer. He shows more depth and better storytelling in practically every comic and graphic novel he's ever written. Robocop 2, by comparison, suffers from oddness that can't really be explained. Some of the funny moments are fleeting, and some of the violence is cool. But blending them together, along with other elements that just don't work, spell poison. The performances are uninspired and the script is just plain weak.Just watch the first one again. It's ten times better.