Wednesday, January 14, 2015

RoboCop 3 (1993)

Director: Fred Dekker

Writers: Frank Miller, Fred Dekker

Composer: Basil Poledouris

Starring: Robert John Burke, Mario Machado, Remy Ryan, Jodi Long, John Posey, Rip Torn, Mako, John Castle, S.D. Nemeth, CCH Pounder, Stephen Root, Shane Black, Nancy Allen

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Chaos... Corruption... Civil War...

Plot: Robocop saves the day once more. This time the half man/half robot takes on ruthless developers who want to evict some people on "their" land.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

The first film was fantastic, the second wasn't as bad as I remembered and it had some great moments but this third and final installment just kind of sits there.  It's not horrible but it's just boring, immature and flat enough to just sit there.  You'd think with Miller and Dekker behind the script it'd be better. I don't have a beef with a major character dying early in the film but I do with how it only serves to give Robocop the unnecessary motivation to do what he has to do in the final moments of the film.  Say, what's the deal with the jetpack?  MAJOR METAL SPOILERS AHEAD!!!  They tease you with it throughout the picture but it only comes into play when Robocop flies over the bad guys, fires off a couple of rockets to kill most of them, something he could have done anyway.  But then we would have been robbed of that laugh-out-loud moment at the end when he uses it to scoop up the kid and woman, flying out of the window just in time to avoid certain death.  I hope there weren't any people left in that building besides the bad guy because if there were, the right thing to do would have been to fly the bomb out of the window and straight up into the sky to keep from killing anyone.  But hey, it was a huge belly laugh watching him scoot across the floor with the jetpack.  It's great to have Basil Poledouris back with the score.  He was sorely missed in the second film.  In all it's only an OK sequel that probably shouldn't exist.  It's a shame this had to be PG-13.  It could have used some of that R-rated stuff to spice things up.  The MGM set of the trilogy has a nice anamorphic widescreen presentation for this film but the only extra is the theatrical trailer in fullscreen.

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