R.obotic O.fficer T.actical O.peration R.esearch/reserve
or just R.O.T.O.R. for short.
What Dreck!!! Yet another weak and poorly-made pseudo sci-fi flick, in many ways R.O.T.O.R. is Robo Cop's retarded sibling, as there are several similarities, including the fact that they where both released in 1987 - this must be Robo Cop's retarded twin. Just about everything to see and hear when watching R.O.T.O.R. is either boring, disappointing, or illogical, this has to be the lamest of the numerous "hi-tech super cop movies" B-Cinema has to offer - hell even Cyborg Cop some how warranted a sequel (which is actually better then the first movie). Apart from some dialog in the opening minutes that's both funny and ridiculous, R.O.T.O.R. offers next to nothing that's worth your while... however if you want to see a movie that's a clinic of bad film-making, then R.O.T.O.R. is, without the slightest doubt, an amazingly awesome tour de force of cinematic ineptitude!
The plot goes something like this: Captain Barrett C. Coldyron a "leader in police robotics" who heads the Dallas PD's "tactical operations lab", who are in the early stages of creating a robotic super cop intended to be the next generation of law enforcement, BUT, due to some high-pressuring by an ignorant and arrogant government authority "something went terribly wrong". And it's at this point of the movie, when government F's everything up, we're treated to a 4 and half minute long scene, that involves nothing more than two guys talking to each other over the phone and as you can imagine, the visual splendor of this scene is off-the-charts; well at least things are spiced up a bit when the snide and sour government official pours himself a can of Mr. Pib into a glass! Without ice! Instead of having years to create their super-cop, they now have a mere 60 days! Coldyron is understandably pist and quits, relinquishing control of the project, rushed into service the R.O.T.O.R. project is doomed from the get go, bad programming, seems to be the best explanation. And in no time R.O.T.O.R. the super-cop, with a head full of bad wiring, starts murdering civilians - and so the question is WHO is up to the challenge, WHO can stop the R.O.T.O.R.!
The movie gets more and more inconsistent, illogical and downright scattershot as it goes, but the keyword for R.O.T.O.R. has to be: anti-climatic. As hinted at, there are several pointless and boring scenes to trudge through in this film, especially in the first half. Not surprisingly things pick up a bit in the second half, with the arrival of Dr. Steele(!) a largish woman, with terrible fashion sense and a ridiculous skunk-striped curly perm-out mullet - she's "the brawn" whereas Captain Coldyron is "the brain". For inexplicable reasons the entire second half of the movie see's the homicidal rogue robot cop fixated on pursuing a female motorist after killing her fiancé, where we see the "super cop" defeated (several times) by the sound of a car horn and a frantic lady named Sony motoring around in a mid-80's hatchback. Also it must be noted that apparently "not knowing how to kneel" (yes that's right) makes it all the more difficult for R.O.T.O.R. to kill his intended victim...... truly the least super of all super-cops. For the painfully clumsy and anti-climatic finale we have all four characters Capt. Coldyron and Dr. Steele, Sony and of course the R.O.T.O.R. itself, converging beside a lake, were with a series of lasso's, a car horn (once again) and primacord explosives spells the end for the robotic super-cop. A funny thing about the the lasso's, for only one person throwing them (Coldyron) they sure worked fast, because 4 out of 5 of them were thrown, from different angles, in a span of only 8 to 10 seconds. Realistic! Come to think of it Dr. Steele does next to nothing, other than look painfully ridiculous and did anyone notice at one point during the finale, that Coldyron called Sony "Tony", so evidently even the names of the characters slipped the minds of the actors - just one more mistake in a movie that's over-flowing with them. The best and most surprising part is the very end, which I won't give away, but one get's the since they weren't sure on just how to end the movie. Because the best they could think up was: Bang! and a few bad quips that don't make any sense and then roll end credits. What a terrible and terribly lame mess of a movie.
R.O.T.O.R. surely ranks as the worst of it's kind and for being a so-called "action movie" the action is lame beyond belief, as is the acting, pacing, special effects, soundtrack (more Casio keyboard and drum-machine garbage).....generally just about everything about it. The movies only entertainment value is it's fantastically high levels of ineptitude. R.O.T.O.R. never rises any higher - at any point - then low-budget mediocrity.