'Robocop 2' [Blu-ray]
(Peter Weller, Gabriel Dave, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / (1990) 2011 / MGM)
Overview: Robocop 2: When Detroit's descent into chaos is further compounded by a police department strike and a new designer drug called Nuke, only Robocop can stop the mayhem. But in his way are an evil corporation that profits from Motor City crime and a bigger and tougher cyborg with a deadly directive: Take out Robocop.
Blu ray Verdict: Set one year after the first film, another crime-wave has hit Detroit, this time fuelled by the availability of the new designer drug, Nuke. Robocop (Peter Weller) is still on the job, but the rest of the police department is on strike because mega-corporation, OCP, who owns the Detroit police department, has dramatically cut their pay. Meanwhile, OCP is in the process of developing another robot-cop, Robocop 2, to replace Robocop.
Considered on its own, "Robocop 2" isn't too bad a movie. Its main problem lies in the fact that the original "Robocop" is just so much more fun. Whereas Ed Niumeier's script was a well-written, tongue-in-cheek satire of law enforcement, which was perfectly complemented by Paul Verhoeven's audacious directorial style, "Robocop 2" takes itself more seriously and is the victim of a more convoluted script that takes too long to get to the point, and uninspired direction.
Both "Robocop" and its sequel are incredibly violent movies, but while the violence in "Robocop" was so over-the-top that I can't imagine it upsetting anyone, the violence in "Robocop 2" is nastier and even sadistic at times. One scene, in which Robocop is dismembered by the villains, although not all that bloody (he's a robot, afterall), is particularly unpleasant and made me wonder about the mental state of the writers and the director (oh, that's right, Frank Miller is one of the screenwriters - that would explain it).
Having said all of that, "Robocop 2" is not without merit. Although "Robocop 2" does take a long time to get going, when it does start moving, it gets pretty good. The final half-hour of the film (which is essentially a half-hour action-sequence) is great. Also, Gabriel Dave stands out as adolescent crime-boss Hob; John Glover's cameo is hilarious, and as in the first film, it's fun to see what OCP will do next (you've gotta love those evil corporations). This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.