In the third and final instalment of the original RoboCop trilogy, OCP are still trying to complete “Delta City” their massive real estate venture that was the background to events in #1 & #2. In this film the real estate plans play a much more central role in the story. This time they have new (sinister?) Japanese owners I’m not sure what the point of this bit of plot is apart from an opportunity for casual racism and to imply that all foreigners are somehow evil and untrustworthy.
Ah, the good old days when all you had to do to name a sequel was put a number after the original film name! Even though I have seen the original multiple times since the early 1990s, this is the first time I have watched any of the RoboCop sequels. There are a few mild spoilers ahead.
This film begins with an orgy of drug fuelled violence, gunfire and explosions that of course culminates with Robo arriving with his iconic Beretta to deal with the bad guys. Continue reading
For me, RoboCop is the quintessential violent action movie from the 1980s . Sure, there are plenty of others and I love Die Hard and The Terminator and many more but this is one of the first I saw and it has stuck in my mind. Maybe it’s because the action is a mix of slightly childish comic book violence and realism. It is cheesy and stupid and has some pretty ropey effects in places but it is a fun ride with a serious message if you’re into that kind of thing. Bits of it scared the hell out of me when I was a kid but now they just tend to make me smile.
I’m going to assume that most people who are interested in this have seen RoboCop already so there will be spoilers. Continue reading
First of all, if you haven’t read The Book Thief please do read it. It’s a beautiful and moving book. And you’ll probably enjoy the film more for having read the book first, I know I did. I can get bogged down in comparisons between book and film when discussing film adaptations so I’ll try not to do that here.