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Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993)

R  |   |  Action, Horror  |  7 July 1993 (USA)
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A female cop is gunned down and wrongly accused of using excessive force in a hostage rescue attempt. Maniac cop returns from the dead once more to seek revenge, destroying everthing and ... See full summary »

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A female cop is gunned down and wrongly accused of using excessive force in a hostage rescue attempt. Maniac cop returns from the dead once more to seek revenge, destroying everthing and anyone that stands in his way. Written by Rob Hartill

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The Wrong Arm Of The Law Is Back. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence, and for language and some drug content (edited for re-rating) | See all certifications »

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The film had a troubled production. When director William Lustig's rough cut came in at only 51 minutes, he refused to shoot the additional scenes the producers wanted and quit the project; the balance of the picture was directed by co-producer Joel Soisson. Prior to Blue Underground's DVD and Blu-ray release of the movie in 2013, Lustig was the film's credited director. However, the Blue Underground version is credited to the Director's Guild of America pseudonym Alan Smithee. See more »

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When Detective Sean McKinney passes through a metal detector after handing his gun to a security guard, the metal detector does not trigger for the metal in McKinney's badge. See more »

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Det. Sean McKinney: I can't imagine the kind of pain you feel Matt. I'm not gonna pretend to. But don't condemn her to the same fate. She deserves better. You cleared her. She's at peace. Let her go, Matt. Let her go.
Matt Cordell: *talking to the voo-doo man* "Finish it!
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Basically more of the same.
14 October 2005 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Matt Cordell aka Maniac Cop is brought back from the dead by some voodoo priest and he tries to help out a female police officer that was gunned down and now on life support. She is wrongly accused of excessive force during an armed robbery and killing an innocent hostage. And the heavy weights want to pull her plug to please those people crowing for her life, but Cordell is out there to protect the reputation of this officer.

A so-so sequel, not awful, but neither good. What brings it down is that there is so many unexplained questions and too many things going on throughout the convoluted plot, which it turns out to be a mindless and rather pointless film. I haven't seen the original, but I've seen the second film, which is definitely the better of the sequels. One of the few recommendation's is that Robert Davi returns as Det. Sean McKinney and also Robert Z'Dar is back as the horribly disfigured cop from the grave Matt Cordell. The social commentary is basically on the greedy politicians, dodgy paparazzi and a mostly corrupt police department. Maybe it was too forced, for my liking, but the subject matter just felt rather tiring as we've seen it before in the other films. But hey, it had some flashes of inventiveness and some mild suspense along the way. It sticks with the usual bloody deaths, but they're executed in a rather mundane fashion. Also it's not all that predictable, which is kinda refreshing. The disappointing thing is that it feels like the maniac cop is kept in the background through most of the feature. This time he comes across as more of shadow figure in the story.Cohen gives us some nice added dark humour, which make up on the shortcomings of the screenplay. Director Lustig sets up some well-designed sequences, but sadly most of it is reasonably standard stuff without the punch.

Writer Larry Cohen and director Williams Lustig come up with an okay sequel, but for most of the running time it was bland and nothing out of the ordinary. Only for the die-hard fans of the first two films, but they also might be disappointed in what they see?


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