RoboCop 3 (1993) starring Robert John Burke, Mario Machado, Remy Ryan, Jodi Long, John Posey, Rip Torn, John Castle, S.D. Nemeth directed by Fred Dekker Movie Review

RoboCop 3 (1993)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Robert John Burke and Nancy Allen in RoboCop 3 (1993)


Whilst OCP has been taken over by a Japanese company they still have their sights set on ripping down Detroit and building Delta City even if it means using the law to bully people out of their homes. It is how young computer wizard Niko (Remy Ryan) comes to be homeless and parentless and ending up with Bertha (CCH Pounder) and her small band of resistance fighters. But the conflict between right and wrong puts RoboCop (Robert John Burke) in a difficult position as his makers are bigger criminals than the resistance fighters.

The original "RoboCop" was a classic whilst "Robocop 2" was good but tried too hard and ended up coming across as weaker and forced. Yet "RoboCop 2" seems Oscar worthy when you compare it to the dreck which is "RoboCop 3", not only a poor movie but a terrible sequel as it fails to create anything close to what the first two movies delivered.

CCH Pounder in RoboCop 3 (1993)

Now ironically what could have been an issue turns out not to be as Peter Weller didn't return to play Murphy and so Robert John Burke took over the role. Yes Burke is no Weller but beneath the body armour it isn't that noticeable especially with there being even less dialogue for RoboCop in this third movie. What is a problem is that whilst Nancy Allen reprises her role as Ann Lewis she is only in half of the movie and whilst other familiar faces return it was Weller and Allen who made the series and with neither of them it feels wrong.

But then there is the storyline, the slimmest storyline in the history of movies; corrupt business bullying people out of their homes, resistance fighting back and RoboCop morally torn in the middle as to who the bad guys are. On the subject of which Rip Torn does not make for a very convincing bad guy CEO whilst John Castle as a military leader is surprisingly dull.

Yet the insipid storyline is not the worst of it and the real stinker is that "RoboCop 3" lacks the snappy style and wit which made the first two movies corny and memorable. Without that and without Weller and with Allen only in half of the movie it is simply inferior, the poor relative of "RoboCop" rather than a sequel.

What this all boils down to is that "RoboCop 3" is sadly RoboCrap and for those who enjoyed the first and second movie for the action and style will be left utterly disappointed by this poor excuse for a sequel.