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Without a doubt Robocop 3 is cheesefest if there ever was one. Thats not to say there wasnt a great ammount of potential with their story, and im not sure if it was rushed into production, or if there was other production issues, but given enough time to actually flesh out their story I think Robocop could have ended with a bang instead of a wet fart. The story is promising, and even at times gives you a feeling of ALMOST getting pulled in. The number one problem is not getting Peter Weller back to play Robocop. No one has ever done Robocop better than him. And our "stand in" (i cant even remember his name) puts forth as good of performance as I believe he can, but when I see him move around it literally looks like a guy walking around clumsily in the giant suit. He just didnt have the acting chops to pull it off realistically. The whole Japanese company buyout of OCP was completly unnecessary, and while the idea of a Robocop flight pack seemed cool at the time, it was sorta tacked on for no real reason at all other than to sell action figures. Films like this at this time all suffered from this problem, hense the PG-13 rating for a HARD R franchise. Oh the days when rated R movies were marketed to children. This also goes for Robocop's completely meaningless hand cannon... litterally... he takes off his hand and puts on this giant cannon of a... thing. More nonsense to sell toys. If they could have found a way to keep Wellar as Robocop, spent more time perfecting the story and less time trying to shoehorn in as much toy merchandise that had no real purpose in the movie they might have actually had something here. But instead we get a watered down, SOFT PG-13 feature length toy comercial. After watching it for the first time in YEARS... its a little better then I remembered... but not much.
I really have no idea why people are so rough on this movie. Is it as good as the first? No... but sequels rarely are. Weller of course puts on an amazing job as Robocop, as ONLY he can. The villian Cain is not only a worthy advisory to Murphy as a human, and defeats him in a way no one else ever could... by chopping him up intp pieces, and taunting the police by dropping their undefeated machine on the police doorstep, and continues to try to take Robocop down after he is rebuilt, with no fear whatsoever. Cain's God complex is played beautifully. The active rivalry between Murphy and Cain continues till the very end. And Cain is terrifying as Robocop 2, making ED 209 look like a children's toy by comparison. The fact that RoboCain cant speak, makes him all the more terrifying because you never know if he will suddenly snap. Now, Im not saying that the film isnt without its flaws. I feel like after Murphy is reprogramed with all that nonsense, it goes on for a little too long, and it a bit too cheesy and over the top. But i think thats what they were going for and it certainly could have been worse. I have zero complaints about Hob becoming the ringleader and drug lord after the death if Cain, after all he is a kid, hes the only one not addicted to Nuke... So its only natural he would just take control. As far as Robocop showing sympathy for him during his death, after the kid was part of chopping him up? Remember Murphy was and is a father, and he well understands the influence he was under with Cain, I thought that was very clear. And even though Hob helped chew him up, he was still a child and Robocop knew that was no life for a child, and a terrible way for a child to die. I thought the old man was great as always. I thought the mayor was waaay too over the top and anoying. I dont see the glaring flaws that so many others do, and while the original Robocop theme was undoubtably Iconic... I do also enjoy the updated theme for the second installment. Its not a perfect film, but very few are.