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It's Megacop vs. Megacop when Detroit's cyborg crime-fighter hits the streets to protect the innocentthis time from coporate greed! Laced with a sardonic sense of humor (Drama-Logue) and packed with action scenes coming at a deliberate clip (Boxoffice), Robocop 3 is thrilling sci-fi adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat! When the ruthless corporation that runs Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes to clear space for a profitable new real estate project, Robocop (Robert John Burke, Copland) joins forces with a renegade band offreedom fighters to save them. But Robocop must face some deadly foes, including a lethally efficient android and a dangerous gang of thugs. Robocop's latest arsenal of high-tech weaponry only somewhat evens the battlefield as this one lone superhero takes on the entire army of corporate militia inan all-out war to control Detroit!
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"Capitalists are evil, and don't care about 'you,' but only rich people."
I'm paraphrasing, of course, but not by much. She does actually refer specifically to capitalists, and she does state emphatically that
they don't care about the poor people being evicted from their homes, but only rich people, such as the ones responsible for the less fortunate people's eviction.
Speaking of richness, this is very "rich," since it's actually liberals who get in bed, so to speak, literally in RoboCop 2, with evil people who admire and coddle violent criminals, and destroy neighborhoods. As for the evil capitalists who foreclose on poor people's houses, and evict them from their homes, they're not the ones who, through high taxes and excessive regulation caused jobs to evaporate, so that average workers couldn't afford to live in the high crime areas they're being evicted from.
Although the makers of this film are obviously liberals, they seem to advocate the right to bear arms, rather than gun control, because the only reason the average people are able to stand up to the criminals and the corrupt "capitalist" politicians is because they arm themselves, and have an even more heavily armed advocate on their side: RoboCop 3!
-No Peter Weller. In retrospect, Peter Weller did this role in a Mark Hammil/Luke Skywalker way... though there weren't any "Oscar moments" in #1 and 2, what he brought to the acting role was making Murphy a likable human character. He played a good cyborg but his "humanity" always surfaced in ways that made me laugh or smile. He brought a little charm to a bleak world. The new guy isn't bad, but you will miss Weller. Worse, the writing for Robo gives him way too many hammy lines in this one.
-Totally confused characters. OCP guy Johnson is one of the recurring characters to appear in all three movies, but if you watch them in close succession, you realize that they were just trying to capture the feel of the first movie by jamming him in there... his character seems like a totally different person in each movie. In the first one he's not proactive, he's just a corporate hang-around hoping to play it cool and ascend corporate ranks. In this one he's screaming at people. Much worse off is Sgt Reed. In #1, he was a cop's cop, trying to manage OCP's corporate BS. In #3, Sgt Reed inexplicably ORDERS Robocop to do one of the least cop-like things you can imagine: Lewis and her partners suffer a bad crash in a high-speed pursuit and get surrounded and attacked by 20+ murderous gangsters. Robocop responds to assist them. Sgt Reed orders Robocop to ABANDON his partners who are actually on the police radio screaming for help because they are running "low on ammo," and orders Robo to instead... continue pursuing a van of burglary suspects. And when Robo disobeys and rescues his partners who are under fire, Sgt Reed is furious. Wha..? Is there anything more important for a cop to respond to than partners under fire who are low on ammo? This just sets the tone for the whole movie: It jumps the shark in the first scenes and never looks back.
-Recycling bin. Stop me if you've heard this story before: An OCP official is responsible for murder and Robocop shuts down because he's violating Directive #4 (Robocop 1). Or, OCP wants to reprogram Robo to eradicate his remaining free will and humanity (Robocop 2). Down to scenes were this movie's cheesy clone of Bob Morton walking down the halls of OCP with Johnson talking about the "old man" (OCP president), there are so many shot-for-shot copied scenes and recycled themes that pale in comparison to their original incarnations, except for...
-Everything new is bad. The movie spends over an hour setting up robot ninjas as the new threatening adversaries. Let's recount their climactic fights: Fight 1: Ninja cuts off Robocop's hand with a katana (okay) then runs at Robocop in slow motion while Robocop does nothing, flips over Robocop, and kicks Robocop so that he falls over. Okay... but you're thinking, in #1 they dropped a pile of steel girders on Robocop, and 20 cops blasted him with assault rifles, and he walked away from both. Well, maybe the ninja was just warming up. Let's see what he does next. Now, the ninja... runs slowly at Robocop, who does nothing, then flips over Robocop, and kicks Robocop so that he falls over. Again. Then he does it again. Then Robocop decides that instead of standing still while someone slowly runs at him, flips over him, and kicks him over, that he should do something... so the blows the ninja's head off. I almost fell asleep during this fight. But wait--! At the end, Robocop has to fight two ninja robots at once! Let's see what they do! Oh no... they just slowly ran at him and flipped over him while knocking him over. You'd think that if they could make a robot warrior so advanced that it can perform flips, they'd give it a better attack program than the old "run, jump, flip, kick" routine. This fight is cut short when a 10 year old reprograms them remotely with her laptop in five seconds and kills them both. Wha?
-Ten year old street urchin computer hacker. Nuff said.
-Less violence, more death. #1 was very violent, and #2 was also (not to mention the extremely creepy 12 year old drug lord character). I don't need violence in movies, but the violence in 1 and 2 was purposeful: It made you cringe, it created suspense, and it raised the stakes. Robocop probably killed about a dozen bad guys in #1. Almost all of them were either Boddicker's gang or guys working in the drug factory he invaded. In #3, he kills 20+ guys in the first ten minutes... and these guys are mostly circling stranded officers and maybe throwing a Molotov cocktail or two. And Robocop shows up and just terminates all of them. Setting up a weird contrast one minute later, Robocop stands still and does nothing while two of the same gangsters he just mass-murdered actually light Robocop on fire. Yep, he just stands still while they walk up to him and light him on fire. Then he catches up to them and goes to extremes to take them alive. This may seem like nit-picking, but these are the little things that undermine your ability to enjoy a movie... when the characters act so differently from scene to scene that you don't feel any connection to them or interest in what they do.
-Plot setup. The premise of the movie is that OCP brings in soldiers to actually mass-murder people living in the ghetto to clear them out. Wow. If you are going to set a movie up this way, you need to do something to explain the insanity... like, the government prohibited media access to the restricted ghetto zone, or the evil Japanese corporation bought up all the news outlets so they could prevent this from hitting the press. Or SOMETHING. But the movie's laziness here, having the government mass-murder civilians with no explanation of how they get away with it, ultimately leads to the audience not caring about anything. When you have robots that can back-flip and governments that commit unchecked mass-murder, the whole thing turns in to a big fake video game.
Lewis inexplicably goes off-duty into a church with Robo, sees a handful of people in there, then comes back outside and challenges an army to a gunfight to protect the people she just glimpsed, with no attempt to reason things out. So dies the secondary protagonist of three movies, gunned down in a scene so odd that you will probably rewind it to see what you missed, and find that you didn't miss anything.
Nothing, really. I never thought I would be defending a movie as bloody and unique as Robocop as art, but watching this mess makes me really appreciate and value the original, with all its humor and suspense.
A boring plot with poor directing leading to poor acting. However much you disliked RoboCop 2 compared to the first one, just multiply that by 5 for #3. I doubt there are very many born after RoboCop 3 was made (1993) who gave this movie over 3 stars.
I just looked up the director Fred Dekker's bio and seeing his track record and obscure movies, I can understand more why the movie was so lousy. Different Directors in all 3, same writers.
It's obvious through the entire movie RoboCop is played by a new actor, easily recognizable in his voice, his facial expression, his demeanor and his acting, even movements. It appeared like the actor was trying too hard to frown while wearing the helmet which looked totally insincere. RoboCop is left feeling stuck somewhere without any emotion, human or robotic, just a dull character.
The effects department is just as bad. The flying jet pack looked as bad or worse than just about any flying movie I can remember. The RoboCop suit is clearly made of rubber when you can see his torso moving while the actor is breathing, or the rubber neck cover moving while he talks. Some movements are robotic while others are too human-like.
As far as fighting sequences, the robotic asian character is never very menacing and doesn't know how to put up a good fight as he just stares, jumps, kicks and occasionally swings a sword while RoboCop is too slow at everything he does and can't even avoid a slow, wimpy kick, especially after doing it 3 times in a row. The final robotic fight scene was probably one of the worst EVER.
The robotic Asian character's special facial effects/mask, when his jaw is broken, appears to be taken directly from the movie "Big Trouble in Little China", just as a slew of other recycled material from previous RobCops.
There are too many inconsistencies throughout the RoboCop trilogy with most all characters, effects and too many things to criticize to go on any further.