Review: ‘Robocop 2’

This ultraviolent, nihilistic sequel has enough technical dazzle to impress hardware fans, but obviously no one in the Orion front office told filmmakers that less is more.

This ultraviolent, nihilistic sequel has enough technical dazzle to impress hardware fans, but obviously no one in the Orion front office told filmmakers that less is more.

The future is represented by a crumbling Detroit (actually filmed like the original in Texas), dominated by Dan O’Herlihy’s Omni Consumer Products company. He’s set to foreclose on loans and literally take possession of Motown. Standing in his way is a loose cannon, drug magnate/user Tom Noonan, whose goal is to flood society with designer versions of his drug Nuke.

Peter Weller as RoboCop must defeat both factions while effeminate mayor Willard Pugh gets in the way. Noonan is reconstituted as Robocop 2 by O’Herlihy’s sexy assistant Belinda Bauer, providing the film’s final half hour of great special effects as an end in themselves.

Gabriel Damon as a precocious 12-year-old gangster is the best thing in the picture.

Robocop 2

Production

Orion/Tobor. Director Irvin Kershner; Producer Jon Davison; Screenplay Frank Miller, Walon Green; Camera Mark Irwin; Editor William Anderson; Music Leonard Rosenman; Art Director Peter Jamison

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 118 MIN.

With

Peter Weller Nancy Allen Dan O'Herlihy Belinda Bauer Tom Noonan Galyn Gorg

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