RoboCop 2 left me feeling a bit indifferent. It was very sequel-y with parallels of things in the first film but bigger and old characters getting left in the dust. But that doesn't make it bad. It isn't bad! It's just okay. In fact, it made me realise that actually, for me, both RoboCop and it's sequel are okay. The first one has stronger moments, but still left me feeling a bit lukewarm. The same could be said for the sequel.
For context, RoboCop 2 picks up with the Detroit Police on strike after OCP has left their budget high and dry. RoboCop (Peter Weller) however ceaselessly patrols the street in pursuit of crime, particularly investigating a new drug which is produced by a sinister criminal called Cain (Tom Noonan). Meanwhile, OCP are desperately trying to create their own new Robocop but to no avail. Robocop fights off criminals, blasts baddies and doesn't ever smile in this sequel.
There are still fun touches in this sequel. Hob (Gabriel Damon), a child criminal, is fun and the familiar news reports with satirical advertisements are as enjoyable as ever. The OCP sub-plot is entertaining with Dan O'Herlihy hamming it up as the head of OCP. Where the film falls is in its protagonist and antagonist, both of which are the most forgettable parts of the film. RoboCop never oozed charisma anyway and Cain is reduced to an early CGI mech which comes off as rehashed flab. For a sequel to a beloved classic it's okay. But it isn't much more than that.