Robocop: Dark Justice

  • 2001
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Science Fiction

Action film hucksters never let go of a good idea, but this entry in the ROBOCOP franchise suffers from a hero and plotline that have been exhumed once too often. Robocop (Page Fletcher), once a heroic police officer named Alex Murphy, was brought back from the dead and reconfigured into a metal man with super human crime-fighting abilities. Although...read more

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Action film hucksters never let go of a good idea, but this entry in the

ROBOCOP franchise suffers from a hero and plotline that have been exhumed once too

often. Robocop (Page Fletcher), once a heroic police officer named Alex

Murphy, was brought back from the dead and reconfigured into a metal man with super

human crime-fighting abilities. Although he's vigilantly guarded Delta City

for the past ten years, RoboCop is getting rusty. At the same time he starts

showing his age, a mechanical vigilante named Bone Machine (Richard Fitzpatrick) starts butting into police business. Bone Machine and his inventors are on a collision course

with current Police Chief John Cable (Maurice Dean Wint), who never knew Robocop is a

reconstituted version of his ex-partner, Alex Murphy, but has finally caught on. Meanwhile, Delta City's biggest corporation, OCP, wants to know what Cable is doing

about Bone Machine. Cable's former wife, Sara (Marina Del Marr), happens to be an

OCP executive; with the company facing a $700 million dollar deficit, she's

plotting to use the public embarrassment caused by Bone Machine as a way to

replace her CEO. She also tries to corrupt Alex Murphy's ambitious son, James

(Anthony Lemke), into becoming a corporate barracuda like her. After Cable

figures out OCP's covert connection to Bone Machine, Sara labels him a rogue cop.

Cable's one hope is the outdated Robocop, but Sara is one step ahead of the

good guys. She tampers with Robocop's controls so that he turns against Cable,

and her takeover plan looks unstoppable. This tired sequel delivers multiple

plotlines, apparently hoping viewers will eventually find one they like, but with RoboCop clunking along in his body armor like Oz's Tin Man it's hard to find anything to get excited about.

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  • Released: 2001
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Action film hucksters never let go of a good idea, but this entry in the ROBOCOP franchise suffers from a hero and plotline that have been exhumed once too often. Robocop (Page Fletcher), once a heroic police officer named Alex Murphy, was brought ba… (more)

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