July 25, 1990 -- If you thought RoboCop was a violent movie, and it was, you haven't seen anything yet. The body count is way up in RoboCop II.
The first film was so violent that an x-rating by the film rating board, a kiss of death, was threatened, so some of the violence was cut out to bring it down to an ``R'' rating. The sequel has that same mean streak in it. Not only are there the usual shoot-outs between cops and robbers, but there is sadism and torture as well.
The story picks up where the last left off, with Murphy, the ``dead'' cop converted into a cyborg still on the force and the city of Detroit still sinking deeper into anarchy. This time the villain is another evil drug dealer. Sound familiar?
The script is slipshod, the actors sleepwalk through their roles.
Interesting themes are explored: is RoboCop man or machine? Only his mechanic knows for sure.
There's always been that question about whether or not RoboCop, played by Peter Weller, is more human than computer and machinery. That question is explored only briefly in the film. Instead, the filmmakers seem more interested in pursuing a tired old story of vengeance and violence.
The only aspect of this film that is exceptional are the special effects. There are some fine effects in the cyborg scenes. Lots of nice explosions, flash, glitz, etc. The futuristic television commercials are also funny.
Overall, however, there's not a lot to recommend this sequel because it breaks no new ground and the old ground it covers has been done much better before in RoboCop.
On a scale of one to 10 this film rates a five.
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