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Robocop, a Personal Review of the Entire Series Options
BurningDoom
Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013 2:03:10 PM

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So I just watched through the Robocop series. I had seen the original Robocop before, but never the sequels.

Robocop:


Fan-freaking-tastic movie that stands the test of time (well except for maybe the "futuristic cars", just spray-painted Taurus's lol).



A great story about a world oppressed by mega-corporations. And a personal story of a man trying to let go of his past. Lots of great action, some great dialogue, a dark-oppressive atmosphere that compliments the film perfectly, and a great sense of dark humor. And you get to see Red Forman from That 70s Show as a complete bad-ass.

The story follows the police department of Detroit in the near future. Large corporations now pretty much run the nation, and crime is at an all time high. Cops are underpowered, underpaid, and underappreciated. Officer Murphy is mercilessly gunned down in the line of duty. This is the final straw and cops across the city go on strike. Admists this strike, criminals take control of the city, and unbeknownst to many, some officers in the large Corporation of OCP are orchestrating some of the crime in order to sell weaponry and robotics to the Detroit police. One such endevour is Robocop. They use the remains of officer Murphy to create a cyborg of nearly unstoppable power. Robocop then uses his power to clean up the streets of Detroit and take down the crooked officers of OCP; all the while trying to fight the emotions of a past life that haunts his memories.

Any fan of action films, sci-fi films, and just generally dark films needs to see this if you already haven't.

Robocop 2:


DEAR GOD this is a terrible film. How could such a complete turd follow-up the first film? The villain is a freaking 11 year old kid, for crying out loud. Yeah, that's got to have a bullet-proof, computer-operated, killing machine shaking in his silver booties. Bad dialogue, the dark sense of humor is completely gone, and just cheesy-as-hell scenes. Pass this one up at all costs.

Basically the story is about a new drug being pushed across New Detroit. It's the single most addictive substance ever created and causes a wave of crime across the city because people will do anything to get money for the drug. The kid I mentioned earlier is the main pusher of this drug and running it all. Robocop must take him down and his gang of thugs.

Robocop 3:


Doesn't stand up to the masterpiece that was the original film, but it was still better than Robocop 2, despite some gaps in logic in the story. It's still missing that great dark sense of humor that the first film had. But at the same time, it did bring back the dark atmosphere that gave the original film it's distinct look and feel. And the action was definetly better than Robocop 2. Just a decent mindless action film. And it was written by Frank Miller of Sin City and Daredevil fame, no joke!

The story follows the average citizens of New Detroit. They're being forced from their homes by OCP who has just "purchased" the city. As they're forced to comply, some stand against the forced removal and form a band of rebels to fight them. In the chaos, a small boy is separated from his parents and the band of rebels rescue him. Robocop is also damaged and the rebels rescue him as well. The boy is also obsessed with robotics and as a result forms a bond with the damaged robot, even going as far as repairing the damages and unlocking the feelings of the man underneath. The Detroit Police are then drafted into service by OCP to help force people out of their homes. The Detroit Police refuse and join the side of the rebels and all out war ensues.

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Hey Nate,

Great write-ups on the series!
Question for ya - which version of RoboCop did you watch?
I recently got a copy of the "real" version that earned the deadly X rating, but still haven't had a chance to sit down and watch it. I've only seen the original theatrical release and cable versions.

What do you think of the upcoming 'reboot'?

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Xylob wrote:
Hey Nate,

Great write-ups on the series!
Question for ya - which version of RoboCop did you watch?
I recently got a copy of the "real" version that earned the deadly X rating, but still haven't had a chance to sit down and watch it. I've only seen the original theatrical release and cable versions.

What do you think of the upcoming 'reboot'?


I didn't know about an X-rated version, nor did I know about the reboot. Just looked at the pics though, and my first impression of the new look is not a good one.



Blech!

I hope the X-rated version of Robocop didn't have any nudie scenes with Robocop's partner, because she looked a little manly to me.

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BurningDoom wrote:
I didn't know about an X-rated version, nor did I know about the reboot. Just looked at the pics though, and my first impression of the new look is not a good one.

Oh... my.
That looks like total crap.

BurningDoom wrote:
I hope the X-rated version of Robocop didn't have any nudie scenes with Robocop's partner, because she looked a little manly to me.
Gawd no - it was so incredibly violent that the MMPA decided R wasn't sufficient. Not everything that got X was porno, just almost everything.

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BurningDoom wrote:


Blech!



Yeah, I don't hold high hopes for this remake.

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Atilla2k wrote:
BurningDoom wrote:


Blech!



Yeah, I don't hold high hopes for this remake.


Maybe they'll make it chrome in cgi post production. Laughing


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Robocop 2 was actually written by Frank Miller, too. Apparently it was his first foray into Hollywood, and it left a bad taste in his mouth because they completely changed his original script treatment. Dark Horse published "Frank Miller's Robocop 2" or something a while back, which was his original version of the movie.

As for the movie--the scene where the giant evil robot killing machine was wiping everyone out always freaked me out as a kid. The idea of an unstoppable killing machine that's after you always gave me the willies.

And although I liked the first Robocop movie when I saw it in the fourth grade, it was probably the first movie I remember seeing that kind of traumatized me as a kid, specifically Murphy's death scene, and the scene where the giant robot kills the businessman in the board room. Although it wasn't until years later that I realized that that scene was played for satire.
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Thundercron wrote:
Robocop 2 was actually written by Frank Miller, too. Apparently it was his first foray into Hollywood, and it left a bad taste in his mouth because they completely changed his original script treatment...
Didn't stop him from getting plenty of screen time in the movie though...

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Xylob wrote:
Thundercron wrote:
Robocop 2 was actually written by Frank Miller, too. Apparently it was his first foray into Hollywood, and it left a bad taste in his mouth because they completely changed his original script treatment...
Didn't stop him from getting plenty of screen time in the movie though...


Was Miller actually in the movie? It's been over twenty years since I've seen it, and I never paid attention to such things back then.
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yup, he was "Frank" (original, eh?) - the chemist dude who was making all the drugs

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Xylob wrote:
yup, he was "Frank" (original, eh?) - the chemist dude who was making all the drugs


The new drug one was #2. They were all doing Coke in the first one.

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Yeah, the first movie is in my top 10 of all time. The second was pretty bad. The sad thing is I thought it was cool back in the day. It kind of has Total-Recall-itus. The special effects were especially terrible. Three was even worse.

Not that hyped about the re-boot. I will go see it but not expecting too much.
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I was channel-flicking a while back and came upon the first one on BBC.. I got sucked in and ended up watching the whole thing. great Movie! I know I've seen 2 & 3 but I can't remember a thing about them.. probably a good thing.

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