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.
OCP have abandoned their slightly more subtle tactics from the first 2 films and are using new paramilitary police forces to forcibly evict people who live where they want to build. A much more direct and less subtle tactic than the first film (encouraging people to move out by raising the crime rate) or second film (bankrupting the city so that they have to sell to OCP). Obviously the corporation has become desperate, or is it the film makers trying to squeeze another film out of the same plot who are desperate?
Fate brings together a group of rebels opposing the forced relocation team and a little girl who just happens to be a genius hacker who can re-program ED209 units with her laptop in 19 seconds. The unlikely pairing go on a war against the oppression of OCP.
Of course Murphy and Lewis are back in this film although Lewis doesn’t get to do a whole lot in this instalment. She is still her usual kickass bubblegum chewing self though even if she is woefully underused.
Robo has developed a penchant for insubordination and dramatic entrances between movies. Why simply drive to the scene of a crime and get out of your car when you can ignore direct orders from your boss to stay away from the scene, crash your car through a wall, fall 5 stories to the scene and then shoot your way out of the wreck. At least this is a neat way to get around the problem that there is no way RoboCop could fit through the door of his police cruiser. He also has some cool upgrades like detachable arms with different functions and a jet pack. Yes, that’s right the only thing that could
sell more toys make RoboCop even cooler: a jetpack!
The robot adversary for RoboCop in this episode is provided by the Japanese parent company in the form of some kind of cyborg ninja who has a sword that is somehow able to cut through Robo’s bullet and bombproof metal armour like it is butter. This robot actually gets the least screen time of all of Robo’s mechanical adversaries. This is probably a good thing as he is also by far the least interesting and strangely unconvincing despite essentially just being a dude acting at being a robot.
After Robo gets messed up yet again, it is down to the rebels and their cute child sidekick to get him back into fighting shape and onto their side.
In the end, OCP teams up with criminals as usual and this time the cops rebel outright rather than just striking and join forces with RoboCop and the rebels to fight for the citizens.
Despite some gritty storylines, this film is distinctly more family friendly than either of the first two. Gun battles are more like A-Team than Total Recall and violent scenes are played for laughs more often than realism. The BluRay that I have has an 18 certificate on the disc but I suspect that this is just a blanket rating for the box set as it feels like a 12 in today’s system.
There’s a nice nod to the “Bitches Leave” moment from the first film at the end. Not a terrible film and not a so bad it’s good film either but OK and fun for people who don’t take their movies too seriously.