Let me start off by saying there were the movies that while not to par with the rest of the franchise, were still decent movies. Some examples that come to mind are Return of the Jedi, Star Trek 1, Terminator 3. Then there are movies that only are not up to par with their own franchise, they are just downright bad movies all together. Think Dumb and Dumberer... Well this finale to the RoboCop trilogy falls into the latter. Luckily the three movies have their own independent stories so this one doesn't defile some great story arc established in the first two or anything.
The movie starts out with OCP at it again, trying to bulldoze the most violent city in America, Detroit to the ground to make some sort of shiny super city. If it sounds familiar, it is. OCP, the uber-capitalist evil corporate entity Paul Verhoeven used in the 1st one mainly as a tool for social commentary is still trying to get this project underway and now after the failure of ED-209, Red Foreman, and a drug addicted cyborg they try to keep Robo out of their hair using a hired military, who uses junky-punk mercenaries and there are robot ninjas. Uh, also RoboCop flies with a jet pack and has a detachable gun arms and drive a pimp-mobile at one scene. I think they made the movie after the toys came off the line. One last thing, Peter Weller is not in this despite what the guide description says on TV. It's some other dude who is not as good.
I said.... is RoboCop gonna have to smack a ho?
It does have it's redeeming qualities. CCH Pounder, Rip Torn, Steven Root, Daniel von Bargen, Lee Arinberg, and Jeff Garlin all have decent supporting roles that at least give this movie some great one liners amidst the rest of the horribly written and acted scripts. I would avoid it though. It's PG-13 and has a kid sidekick which sucks because the original; which was one of the quintessential ultra-violent flicks of the 80s, is so different than this. It's literally going from a movie that had scenes cut to keep an R-rating to this which probably just got a PG-13 for some mild language and that there's guns and people smoking in it. If you need a RoboCop fix other than the 1st two movies than the made for TV series was decent. I think it was called Prime Directive or something. At then you know it's not gonna be as good as the original.
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