Franchise Weekend – Robocop 3 (1993)

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Plot: Robocop saves the day once more. This time the half man/half robot takes on ruthless developers who want to evict some people on “their” land.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tidy Finish

 

Story: Robocop 3 starts as we see the city being redeveloped at the hands of Kanemitsu (Mako) and the CEO (Torn) who are rehoming all of the residents. We meet a resistance led by Bertha (Pounder) trying to take the company down from the inside and their newest partners in this are Robocop (Burke) and Lewis (Allen).

When Paul McDaggett (Castle) is leading the rehoming procedure kills Anne this drives Robocop on yet another one of his missions against the authority trying to clean up the streets.

Robocop 3 is a good finish to the series not on the Robocop himself side of the but on the battle for the city side. I did like how that if you were to watch all three the revolution we see happening brews up between the stories without it being just happening. When you watch this side of the story I did like the conclusion but on the Robocop side everything just puts him against a bigger enemy without really being tested. This is easy to watch like all three but never reaches the levels of the first.

 

Actor Review

 

Robert John Burke: Robocop is still loyal to Lewis and now he has started to make his own decisions going against orders, this leads him into joining the resistance against the CEO trying to take over the city. Robert does a solid job to fill in the for the exiting Peter Weller.

Nancy Allen: Anne Lewis is the partner of Robocop that will always stay by his side but this time it will be the end of her. Nancy is used for motivation this time around which is good but we don’t see enough of her.

Rip Torn: The CEO is trying to redevelop the city which means moving everyone out of their homes. He is answering to Kanemitsu which means you do anything wrong he will fire you. Rip becomes the solid villain in this film which works well enough.

John Castle: McDaggett is the man cleaning the streets one building at a time and not taking any prisoners in his hunt for anyone in the resistance. John is good in this role where we get to see a villain in a revolution.

Support Cast: Robocop 3 has the biggest supporting cast with members of the resistance, cops as well as the businessmen trying to bring the city down.

Director Review: Fred DekkerFred gives us a solid finish to the series where we get to see just how the city has got to the position is has with the Robocop side of the story almost just being a side part.

 

Action: Robocop 3 has standard action you would expect to see in this style of film.

Crime: Robocop 3 puts us in the middle of the crime world where all of the story is taking part in.

Sci-Fi: Robocop 3 has the robotic cops with this time adding in the robotic ninjas.

Settings: Robocop 3 keeps us in the same city that is now on a revolution.
Special Effects
: Robocop 3 doesn’t have the best special effects but they work enough for the film.

Suggestion: Robocop 3 is one you could watch to finish the series off nicely. (Finish the Franchise)

 

Best Part: Final showdown.

Worst Part: Killing off Anne seems cheap.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $23.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Tagline: He’s back to lay down the law.

Trivia: Was filmed in 1991, but was not released until end of 1993 due to production company Orion going bankrupt.

 

Overall: Easy to watch finish to the series.

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Rising Sun (1993)

sunDirector: Philip Kaufman

Writer: Philip Kaufman, Michael Crichton, Michael Backes (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Novel)

Starring: Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kevin Anderson, Mako, Ray Wise, Tia Carrere, Steve Buscemi

 

Plot: At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who’s evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive their Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there’s a lot more going on.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Traditional Crime Story

 

Story: Rising Sun starts as we watch a potential deal being handled between the Japanese and Americans to deal with the weapons, when a party is thrown in this event there is a murder of a woman during a sex act. Webster Smith (Snipes) is called into investigate being he is the liaisons officers at the White House, along the way he has to pick up seasoned Captain John Connor (Connery) who is on leave and is an expert on Japanese culture.

The unlikely pair have to work together to solve the crime where the prime suspect Eddie Sakamura (Tagawa) has a personal connection to Connor and not everything is as it seems, leaving them to unwrap the web of conspiracy.

Rising Sun is what you would have to put down as a traditional crime story that goes in the direction you would expect. We get the twists and the odd pairing having to work together leading everything back to where you would expect it to go. The crime has elements of conspiracy even though it is only about one murder. The story is filled with racial tension which is disappointing for the way the film is set.

 

Actor Review

 

Sean Connery: Captain John Connor is the expert on Japan who gets bought into the case because of his connections with the people involved. He has to guide Webster through the case helping him understand the way of thinking of the Japanese involved. Sean is good in this role very much against the type of character we have seen in the past with Bond.

Wesley Snipes: LT Webster Smith is a liaison to the White House and former cop who gets called into investigate the murder where he has to work with Connor. He has a shady past after being accused of a bride case even though it got thrown out. He has to put his problems aside and his differences with Connor to uncover the truth. Wesley is good in this role playing the role we expect to see from him.

Harvey Keitel: LT Tom Graham is the old partner of Webster who was also involved in the bribery case. He tries to just treat his cop work as a job and doesn’t seem to play sides. Harvey does good job in supporting role but considering he is important to the story we don’t see him enough.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa: Eddie Sakamura is the prime suspect that is even the easy suspect, he must work with the two to prove his innocence for the crime he never committed. Cary-Hiroyuki is good in this role filled with mystery throughout.

Support Cast: Rising Sun has a supporting that you would expect to see in this type of film that all do good job.

Director Review: Philip KaufmanPhilip gives us a good action mystery thriller that does keep you guessing throughout.

 

Action: Rising Sun has the standard action you would expect to see without being too memorable.

Crime: Rising Sun brings us a crime story which on paper is just a murder but the conspiracy is what keeps us guessing.

Mystery: Rising Sun creates the mystery about who committed the murder which we have to witness who it could have been.

Thriller: Rising Sun keeps us guessing to what will happen next.

Settings: Rising Sun uses the settings well but nothing that is really stand out.

Suggestion: Rising Sun is one for the action fans to enjoy just switch off and enjoy. (Switch Off & Enjoy)

 

Best Part: Off chemistry between Connery and Snipes.

Worst Part: No subtitles.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

Trivia: Writers Michael Crichton and Michael Backes quit the project largely over disagreement with director Philip Kaufman that one of the lead characters should be changed into an African-American.

 

Overall: Standard action mystery thriller

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Conan the Barbarian (1982)

logoDirector: John Milius

Writer: John Milius, Oliver Stone (Screenplay) Robert E Howard (Characters)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max Von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Ben Davidson, Cassandra Gava, Gerry Lopez, Mako

 

Plot: A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his tribe and his parents whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his warriors when he was a boy.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic Adventure

 

Story: Conan the Barbarian starts with the message ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. We start by meeting a young Conan being told the stories about the Gods and man’s battles and how the secret of steel. We see the soldiers lead by Thulsa Doom (Jones) destroy young Conan’s village killing everyone leaving Conan the only survivor. The children are all forced into slavery and it is here where Conan (Schwarzenegger) becomes a man.

Conan is used in fights due to his considerable size and strength where he gets trained in the art of combat where he stays loyal to his steel respect. When Conan gets set free of his slavery demands he starts his own quest to avenge his parent’s death. Along the way Conan meets a string of characters that help and hinder his journey but most off all test him. Conan befriends himself with Valeria (Bergman) and Subotia (Lopez) where they start to become the most notorious thieves in the land. The reputation growing the group gets given a quest by King Osric (Von Sydow) to retrieve his daughter from the Thulsa Doom for as much as they can carry.

Conan the Barbarian really does fill the tick boxes needed for a good adventure film, we get the unlikely friendships out to stop an evil leader. We get the idea of a cult like leader which makes his army deadly because they will die to protect him, we also end up going through the whole slave to a king storyline around Conan. The story is easy to follow because everything just unfolds and the narration keeps everything that would be difficult to film informing us the important information. This is what you would expect it to be easy to watch action film so just enjoy. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Conan is the slave who gets his freedom where he becomes a thief before entering on a quest that will end up putting him on a path for revenge against the man who killed his parents. Arnold continues to show why he continued to reach the next levels in the acting world with this role. (7/10)

 

James Earl Jones: Thulsa Doom is the leader who killed Conan’s parents before putting him into slavery, he leads an army that’s only desire is to die fighting for him but little does he know what type of man Conan has turned into. James does a good job in the role showing his talents shining through in the villainous role. (7/10)

 

Sandahl Bergman: Valeria is a fellow thief that becomes a love interest of Conan as they both get the chance to collect their biggest pay day as he goes for revenge. Sandahl does give a solid performance as the warrior like fellow fighter. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Conan the Barbarian has a large supporting cast that fight both for and against Conan which gives us the sidekick characters needed to make Conan stay on the serious side of the film.

 

Director Review: John Milius – John does a good directing an enjoyable action adventure film. (7/10)

 

Action: Conan the Barbarian is filled with combat scenes that keep becoming large and more important as the film unfolds. (8/10)

Adventure: Conan the Barbarian puts our characters on a quest that will take them across the land to fight against the enemies. (8/10)

Fantasy: Conan the Barbarian puts us into a fantasy world with certain beliefs from start to finish. (8/10)

Settings: Conan the Barbarian puts us into a world that we believe we are inside the world. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Conan the Barbarian has solid effects but it would be fair to say they have dated now. (5/10)

Suggestion: Conan the Barbarian is one to try, I personally felt it was a little bit too long but otherwise it is all fun. (Try it)

 

Best Part: Final battle.

Worst Part: Slightly long.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final fight.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel and a remake

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Won a Golden Globe for New Star in Motion Picture.

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $37.5 Million

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 9 Minutes

Tagline: He conquered an empire with his sword. She conquered HIM with her bare hands.

Trivia: James Earl Jones was a last minute addition to the cast because of his commitments on Broadway. He and Arnold Schwarzenegger became friends on-set; Schwarzenegger helped Jones stay in shape and Jones coached Schwarzenegger on acting; so did Max von Sydow.

 

Overall: Conan is an enjoyable adventure that can still be enjoyed over 30 years later.

Rating 70