Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1993. Orion Pictures. Story by Frank Miller, Screenplay by Frank Miller, Fred Dekker, based on characters created by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner. Cinematography by Gary B. Kibbe. Produced by Patrick Crowley. Music by Basil Poledouris. Production Design by Hilda Stark. Costume Design by Ha Nguyen. Film Editing by Bert Lovitt.
Our cyberhero keeps blowing stuff up but Detroit is no closer to being free of crime. The corruption is once again coming from the top when real estate developers want to pave over an inner city neighbourhood, forcing residents out who become rebel warriors in protest. The private corporation running law enforcement starts a separate task force to deal with the “terrorists”, making for division among cops as the traditional Detroit police force including RoboCop himself disagree. Meanwhile, the Japanese corporation behind all the trouble has sent over their cyborg (a Samurai warrior who has about as much emotional depth as the stereotypes who created him) in the hopes that this film can capitalize on the success of Terminator 2 (newsflash, it does not). What was originally a dark and very sharp criticism of corporate culture has devolved into noisy entertainment for kids, but at least the first sequel had shiny cinematography and a bit of humour; this one has no subtlety to its allegory and is held back by Fred Dekker’s direction, so dispirited by having to replace Peter Weller with Robert John Burke that he barely allows him to be more than just a collection of metallic movements.