Debaser Film

Robocop 2

I know that the sequels never had a good reputation, but I was expecting to have fun watching this, and I didn’t. I was especially struck by how badly the “world building” has aged — I feel like the first Robocop still feels relatively “near future,” while this feels squarely as 80s a setting as can be, which really took me out. And the use of CG for the Robocop 2 interface screen (to show Cain’s face) is just so awful. And 30 years later, it still bugs me that they gave Robocop’s armor a blue tint for this one. I know I shouldn’t have expected much, but I still feel disappointed with this re-watch.

By Jean Snow

Production Services Manager at Ubisoft Shanghai. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.