RoboCop 3 (1993)

DVD Cover (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi Action, Science Fiction
The mega corporation Omni Consumer Products is still bent on creating their pet project, Delta City, to replace the rotting city of Detroit. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the area have no intention of abandoning their homes simply for desires of the company. To this end, OCP have decided to force them to leave by employing a ruthless mercenary army to attack and harass them. An underground resistance begins and in this fight, Robocop must decide where his loyalties lie. --IMDb
Fred Dekker Fred Dekker
Robert John Burke Robert John Burke
Mario Machado Mario Machado
Remy Ryan Remy Ryan
Jodi Long Jodi Long
John Posey John Posey
Movie Connections:
> RoboCop (1987)
> RoboCop 2 (1990)
> RoboCop 3 (1993)
> RoboCop (2014)

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Review by Crispy
Added: January 03, 2012
Ah, RoboCop. We've all had that thought about how great it would be to just have someone to systematically slaughter the world's filth without all the lawyers and red tape. In amazingly bloody fashion, RoboCop delivers without mercy. Or at least he did, before some asshole decided to rip his balls off.

Despite their ill-gained possession of Detroit going as planned, OCP has seen better days. On the brink of bankruptcy, they've been bought out by a Japanese company, the Kanemitsu Corporation, and the joint companies are resolved to begin construction on Delta City, even though funds are quickly running out. In an attempt to hurry things along, they've put together a militant task force called Rehab to force the remaining population out of Detroit, but a small rebellion has taken up the task of fighting OCP for their homes. Despite their lack of size and firepower, they provide enough resistance that it's decided the extra might of RoboCop is needed to eliminate them. However, six years after his creation, RoboCop has almost fully regained his humanity, and realizing that these people are not terrorists but freedom fighters, he joins the fight against his creators.

I loved the RoboCop series. The first two movies were gritty, unabashedly testosterone-fueled movies with some despicable characters and horrifically graphic violence. And then somewhere between 1990 and 1993, my series was neutered. What the fuck happened? This movie makes no qualms that it's aimed for a children's audience; which don't get me wrong, I understand the business interest in increasing your available customer size, but it's not even like they tried to keep the same adult tone. Human-looking Japanese robots with katanas, jet packs, kids with super computers. We're squarely aimed at the 8 to 13 year olds here. The lack of logic behind that decision absolutely boggles the mind. If you're trying to make money on a movie that's aimed at children, you obviously have to realize that said money is coming from the parents. Parents who are familiar enough with the violence of the first two films that they'll have zero intentions of bringing their ten year olds to the latest sequel. Not to mention that the few kids who did show up for RoboCop 3 have absolutely no idea what's going on, since the plot is built heavily on top of two movies of established events that they obviously haven't seen. And since you've alienated the actual RoboCop fans, you've effectively nixed your home video profits as well. Some incompetent piece of shit severely needs to be punched in the face. If not for ruining the series, than just for a complete void in business sense.

And it's not just the violence that was nixed. Like I said in my review for RoboCop 2, OCP has been built up as the ultimate enemy. The Old Man had shown just how ruthless he was, and the audience had a firm grasp on how powerful the company was, and how much it was hated. Fans had a vested interest in this grudge match finally coming to a head. And what do we get? All of that is flushed down the toilet for no reason. OCP is on the brink of bankruptcy, bought out by some random Japanese company out of nowhere. The Old Man is nowhere to be found. Instead we get a very nervous Rip Torn, and an unmemorable executive who once again vomits the same nonsense. "It's a machine, he doesn't have feelings!" We've seen this before, and it doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that's not the case, let alone what's supposed to be such a technologically savvy corporation. Its bad enough you wanted to water it down to try and make an extra buck, but there was zero reason to add the extra salt into the wound.

Perhaps the biggest kick in the teeth is that, unlike most shitty sequels, you can't just ignore this one. With the direction that RoboCop 2 took, the series flat out needs to be a trilogy, and this entry is all but mandatory. After the success of RoboCop, part two shows the monster's rise to ultimate power, and like all good stories, the third chapter is needed to bring them down. Now I'm all for noir endings, but the way the franchise was shaping up, it just wouldn't work if they had stopped there.

RoboCop was such an amazing series; it's truly a shame to watch it end like this. Only other time I've ever seen such a surefire, awesome thing gift wrapped to filmmakers only to have them piss it away so badly is when Raimi cast Topher Grace as Venom. So depressing. 2.5/10.
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