Amongst the rival robot ED-209 and TV commercials what's more interesting about Robocop (played by the now elusive Peter Weller) is the loss of his family and how they have moved on after Alex Murphy's gory death which is only partly explored. There's a lot going on in Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner writing underneath all the action pieces.
It's Orion Pictures fine production, part man, part machine. All cop.
RoboCop 2 (1990)
After the accomplishment of the Robocop programme corporate company OCP goes about recreating it success with varied unsavoury results. However, with a police strike looming they use a drug addict criminal as the host of Robocop 2 which comes with violent consequences.
Frank Miller's Robocop 2's concept is intriguing and exciting but the film falls short of expectations. The acting for the most part is atrocious compared to the first, possibly due to the comic like tone of this sequel. Again the turmoil of Murphy's death and his inability to communicate with his wife and family are only touched on.
Both Peter Weller and Nancy Allen reprise their roles but are underutilised with many of the scenes going to the shenanigans of OCP boss The Old Man Dan O'Herlihy and the villains. A handful of the original cast return with Robert DoQui's Sgt. Reed feels closer to the original character portrayal compared to the likes of The Old Man. These anomalies highlight a fault with writers Frank Miller and Walon Green's screenplay.
Veteran director Irvin Kershner does his best with the sub-par script. The special effects are varied in quality, but make use of an array of techniques in bringing it to life. It has some standout scenes notably Robocop riding a motorbike, Robocop's dismemberment, Robocop's reprogramming and it's results and the showdown fight. However, with a gun touting drug dealing kid, hammy acting, stereotype villains and Scooby Doo corruption it's fun but lacks any dramatic weight.
Overall, entertaining but is short of the iconic clout of the first.
RoboCop 3 (1993)