Friday, August 15, 2014

Robocop 2 and Robocop 3

Robocop 2 - while Robocop directed by Paul Verhoven was sublime satire, this sequel is a shallow echo of the first. While Star Wars and Star Trek had epic sophomore efforts this series was hamstrung by an effort to cash in on the popularity of the first movie without capturing the essence of the first movie. While this movie is not on par with the first it does have some funny moments - the best is a fiddler giving his contortionist rendition of the Steppenwolf classic "Born to Be Wild" during a telethon to save bankrupt Detroit. This movie is chock full of violence and profanity. While Robocop scored with tons of brilliant comedy this second chapter is filled with unintentional comedy.   C-

the upside of this movie- it led to an ill-fated crossover with the now defunct WCW wrestling promotion.

Robocop 3
A more relaxed third installment in the cyborg series. We find Detroit about to be rebuilt into high dollar skyscrapers to help OCP hit their dividends. The cast in the third movie does not include Peter Weller as Robocop but does include Jeff Garlin , CCH Pounder, Jill Hennessey , Stephen Root, Rip Torn and others.
The badguys in this movie are street punks
and of course the evil omnipresent corporation. Robocop has joined the homeless brigade after his partner is killed by mercenaries in front of a church. More ridiculous and more fun than the sequel , this movie ain't perfect but a fun final chapter for the original trilogy.  C+

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