Lightning Review: RoboCop 3

RoboCop 3 movie posterSynopsis
Omni Consumer Products (OCP) is on the verge of bankruptcy and is in the process of being taken over by the Kanemitsu Corporation, led by Kanemitsu (Mako). Struggling to complete Delta City, OCP sends the Urban Rehabilitators under the command of Paul McDaggett (John Castle) to forcibly relocate residents of the city. When RoboCop (Robert John Burke) gets injured during a shootout with McDaggett and his men, he joins the resistance to stop McDaggett’s Rehabilitators.

RoboCop 3 is an example of what happens when you mess too much with a good thing. One of the best aspects about the first two RoboCop movies was the comical, over the top violence. RoboCop 3 drops down to a PG-13 rating and as a result the violence becomes corny, and not in a good way. RoboCop was never a complex character to begin with and this movie tries to deepen him some more. However, it never truly succeeds to give us more of an idea who Murphy, the heart and soul of RoboCop, is under all that metal and computer hardware. Nancy Allen has gotten the short end of the stick as the sequels went on. She does great but her screen time shortens with each movie. Which is too bad because Allen did great with the role. I know this film was made in 1993 but the special effects are terrible, even for the early 1990s. I have a hard time saying a movie shouldn’t have been made, but unfortunately that’s how I feel about RoboCop 3 since it doesn’t do anything positive for the franchise, except give RoboCop a jet pack. Never mind, I take that back. Even the jet pack was a bad idea.


For the rest of the RoboCop franchise, check out my reviews for RoboCop and RoboCop 2.


Cast & Crew
Fred Dekker – Director/Screenplay
Frank Miller – Story/Screenplay
Basil Poledouris – Composer

Robert John Burke – RoboCop
Nancy Allen – Anne Lewis
John Castle – McDaggett
Remy Ryan – Nikko
CCH Pounder – Bertha
Daniel von Bargen
Stanley Anderson – Moreno
Stephen Root – Coontz
Rip Torn – Merrit W. Morton
Felton Perry – Donald Johnson
Mako – Kanemitsu
Bruce Locke – Otomo
Robert DoQui – Sgt. Warren Reed
Jill Hennessy – Dr. Marie Lazarus
Mario Machado – Casey Wong

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