In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex's life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
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Robocop Theatrical Review
In the year 2028, OmniCorp rules the world in robot technologies. Their robots are deployed all around the globe keeping law and order on the streets, except in one country, America. The U.S. has the Dreyfuss Act -- a law forbidding the use of drones on its street. OmniCorp's CEO, Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), sees a way of getting around the law and comes up with the idea of a drone with the feelings of a human, a RoboCop. With the help of his chief scientist Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman), OmniCorp starts to search for a candidate and discovers Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), a cop from Detroit who was targeted by criminal gangs and left for dead after a car bomb explosion on his driveway.
José Padilha's movie is based around the Sellars and Norton characters rather than Alex Murphy. The focus is the greed of a CEO of one of the largest companies in the world playing a delicate game of chess with his chief scientist, who tries to play the ethical move, but doesn't realise he is being outmoved until it is too late, and play it well they do. Both were shining lights, along with Samuel L Jackson, in what was a fairly frigid cast lineup. In fairness, Joel Kinnaman's portrayal of Alex Murphy isn't too bad, but that's as far as I would go in praise.
As a RoboCop fan, I thinks it's a shame, as I really wanted this movie to stand on its own without people saying it hasn't got this or it hasn't got that from the original movie, but the truth is you can't remake a movie without that happening, so unfortunately fans of Paul Verhoeven RoboCop are going to be disappointed. True, we live in a different age than that of the late 80's, and to get the PG-13 rating (12A in the UK) that studios crave, the violence that's on the streets to justify OmniCorp's presence on every street corner is not present at all.
Sure some things have improved -- the CGI and action sequences are as you would expect miles better! A great fight scene between some of the ED-20s and Murphy really was the high point. Many things from the 1987 movie do survive. The politics of whether it's right to have these drones on the streets and the ethics remain, but gone are the satire and raw violence that made Verhoeven RoboCop such a success and still loved by many some 25 years or more on today.
-- Paul Kates
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loved the first one
3/5/2014 8:37 AM EDT
First checkin from an android device!
3/4/2014 11:09 PM EDT
2/21/2014 12:03 PM EDT
Really liked it
2/17/2014 2:35 PM EDT
Was allright, a little forced at times
2/17/2014 7:14 AM EDT
Should be a good movie.
2/15/2014 4:53 PM EDT
Time to watch Robocop.
2/15/2014 1:02 PM EDT
Been looking forward to this :)
2/15/2014 5:31 AM EDT
Aver k tal esta
2/12/2014 9:01 PM EDT
Awesome reboot. Had my hesitations but in the end I found it satisfying. Say at least a 3.5.
2/12/2014 8:08 PM EDT
Looks lik a crazy movie
2/12/2014 4:29 PM EDT
Here is hoping they didn't screw up another 80s classic.
2/10/2014 6:31 PM EDT
Seeing screening with Papa
2/10/2014 6:30 PM EDT
2/8/2014 8:33 PM EDT
This movie is awesome
2/6/2014 10:26 PM EDT