RoboCop (2014)

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RoboCop (2014)
  • Time: 121 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
  • Director: José Padilha
  • Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish

Storyline:

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.

6 reviews

  • First of all let me make this clear, I loved both the original Roboocop and the sequel. So when this reboot was announced, I was excited because I wanted to see how Hollywood would take another shot at it. The effects at a lot of times were very appealing to the eyes. Some of the action scenes I admit were kinda boring and a let down. One complaint I have is that the movie focuses not so much on Robocop but on Omnicorp, the press and his family. Which in my opinion was a unexpected choice but made interesting exposition and a nice addition. An interesting thing the did was that in the original you could see Murphy’s slow realization that he was a man who lost himself to this machine he has become. In this movie he had a conscience, loses it and kinda at the end quickly gets it back. I personally would have liked if they had him slowly regain his humanity. Though they do portray the totally lost humanity well. Joel Kinnaman was fairly good but I prefer Paul Welling overall. Most of the actors I enjoyed as well especially Gary Oldman and Micheal Keaton(I like them anyway though). All in all, I have seen much worse reboots and while I can’t say it was as good as the original, it’s a nice way to introduce Roboccop back to mainstream audiences…

  • I’ll admit that the original Robocop movie was a hit among fans but to me it was just an OK sci-fi superhero flick. Now, we flash forward to this reboot. Same elements but something to me just felt different. The whole world except the United States has accepted this project of Robotic Cops. Detroit has become a utopia instead of a dystopia like in the 80s flick and not to mention the whole Detroit going Bankrupt crap! Plus, the Robocop suit was different, it was black instead of the silver suit we all were familiar with.

    Anyways, it was a decent reboot, I mean there were some moments that had me scratching my head. The cast was OK, the special effects were decent and the story was almost similar to the original. I kinda expected more for a reboot. I mean, not a shoot for shoot remake but it worked. What I didn’t like was the suit, and the clichéd mobster villain. I think what would make this movie better is exposition like others have mentioned. Expand upon the villain, maybe take away the clichés and make him more like the original villain from the 80s. And maybe focus on the political background of why Robo-technology would not work in the United States of the Future? (Maybe Barack Apu Obama had something to do with it).

    Overall, I give this movie a 6 out of 10. It could be better. I would recommend this to Robocop fans if they just give it a chance.

  • I originally had no intention of watching this because I’m sick to death of seeing my favorite movies remade(usually somewhat badly). The other reviews here were not that bad, so I gave it a try…

    As a remake, this movie spits in the face of pretty much everything that made the original RoboCop a classic that has held its appeal for almost thirty years. As I suspected. But overall, it actually wasn’t… half bad. Not great by any stretch of the imagination. But not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. TPTB really should have just removed all ties to the original and called it something else. Had they done that, I suspect the film would have been better received. I certainly could have appreciated it more that way.
    On the whole it is not really a bad movie but it is sorely lacking the appeal of the original.

  • Robocop 2.5/10- It is hard for remakes to really be better than the original, especially when it comes to the awesome Robocop from 1987. This film had the great advantage of being made in the time where special effects needed for an actual Robocop movie exist. Sadly, the effects are the only thing even decent about the film, aside from that, this films offers nothing knew to its genre and is indeed a mediocre film.

    Let’s start off with the plot which is the key for all good movies. This one you could see coming from a mile away. You will be able to guess who the real antagonist in this film will be within twenty minutes of the film and I guarantee you would be right. This adaption of the movie should not have been made and was clearly just a pathetic attempt to make money(and I am not sure a profit will actually happen at this point.) As we all know, most mediocre action movies have a handful of jokes throughout it and the only ones that actually made the theater laugh was towards the end when Samuel L. Jackson gives his trademark. Even though Samuel L. Jackson is a very accomplished actor and usually always adds something extra to nearly every film he is in, Jackson’s portrayal as Pat Novak seemed average and I think it is clear that he lost interest in the project. Now, the newcomer Joel Kinnaman finally gets his shot for stardom as the widely known character Alex Murphy better known as Robocop. It was clear he gave his best effort but I do not think he was well suited for this role and I blame the casting department for that, not Kinnaman because he did the best he could. The only actor the gave his role something no one else could was Gary Oldman who plays Dr. Norton who is practically Robocop’s creator. Oldman is such a phenomenal actor in everything he is in and Oldman was the reason that I did not walk out of the theater. The rest of the cast all did average.

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  • With so many remakes coming out these days, it’s kind of reassuring to know that at least one of them isn’t a stinker. RoboCop (2014) is the re-imagining of a much beloved classic from the Reagan era days (1987’s original with the same title). Brazilian director Jose Padilha, a first timer shooting something in the states, confidently fashions a slick, well paced, intelligent, and thought provoking crime picture that boasts a terrific cast. Now I will say that this RoboCop of 2014 is anything but perfect. It is at times emotionless, it has some glaring plot holes when it comes to the actions of the Detroit Police Department, and it bypasses some key plot points by whisking from one scene to the next. However, what looms for roughly two hours, still manages to be ultra cool with cynically cool characters. Most of them possess a hammering amount of dry wit and narcissistic overload. Therefore, I can’t say that I wasn’t surprised or for a better word, royally entertained.

    Paying homage to 1987’s original by way of its opening theme music and written by the guy who was brought in to fix the script for 007’s Quantum of Solace, RoboCop examines the life of crime fighter and doting father, Mr. Alex Murphy (played by Swedish actor Joel Kinnamen). While off duty from his job as a detective for the Detroit P.D., Murphy goes out to his driveway to check his car. As he opens the door, his vehicle explodes and he becomes not only paralyzed but also disfigured. As a sort of salvation tactic, Murphy is given a second chance by a corporation called OmniCorp. Their solution: make him into the ultimate law enforcement cyborg by adding a robotic body frame to what he already has left. As things move along and Murphy becomes Motor City’s go-to crime fighting machine, he also begins to come off as less than human all the while being alienated from his family and most of the outside world. This happens throughout until he gets back his conscience and starts to try to solve his own attempted murder.

    Now in a recent interview, Padilha said that he was bent on being faithful to the origins of the popular 1987 release. He also stated that he was a fan of said vehicle which sounded awfully refreshing. As it stands, I haven’t seen the first RoboCop in ages. I do remember liking it but not loving it. I became a fan of its director (Paul Verhoeven) only years later with the emergence of 1990’s Total Recall. What I vaguely recollect is that the special effects weren’t as advanced back then as they are in this reboot. Also, there is a deeper level of storytelling featured here along with a more modernized dose of computer gimmickry (oh and the 2014 version has RoboCop featured in black armour as opposed to silver). In fact, I love how this remake has something more beneath its surface than just action. At almost two hours, things consists of mostly build up and/or set up. The characters are well established, the rules are in play, and the blueprint for what is about to unfold is done in a ominously effective manner.

    But lets focus on why people buy tickets to see films like this. They do it hoping that what’s on screen is a promise to deliver visceral, action packed shootouts/fistfights. To a degree, RoboCop is pretty violent despite its deceptive PG-13 rating. Probably the only reason why it didn’t garner an R is because this violence is penetrating yet bloodless. The action scenes staged by Padilha, project a sort of a small scale version of the Transformer movies (pick any one of them). And he also internally channels the vapor from the Terminator flicks by showcasing the way Kinnamen’s character fires his weapon and burns rubber on his sleek motorcycle.

    Speaking of Kinnamen, there are some critics that have noted that he seems wooden and stiff in the lead. I think he does an adequate job (he plays a darn robot for much of the proceedings so why would he bother to emote at all). He meets the physical demands of the role, he’s tall (almost 6 foot 3), and looks almost similar to Peter Weller from the original. Basically, he does what’s required being nothing more, nothing less. To be honest, the movie doesn’t necessarily have to succeed because of him. It glides by on its seasoned cast which for the most part, is as strong as any that I’ve witnessed in a full blown action extravaganza (the only weak link being Jay Baruchel who seems out of place providing the so-called comic relief). Michael Keaton is at his smarmy best portraying the shallow CEO of OmniCorp. Then there’s Gary Oldman who plays it straight and sympathetic as RoboCop’s doctor and ultimate creator. Samuel L. Jackson, getting to act like well Samuel L. Jackson, is a modern day TV evangelist. He only seems interested in spouting off about the crime world and he’s a hoot doing it with a series of public service announcements. In a smaller supporting role, we have Jackie Earle Haley (Rick Mattox) as an arrogant, smug weapons specialist who with utmost resistance, trains RoboCop. He really has a lot fun hamming it up throughout. Finally, we get Abbie Cornish playing RoboCop’s wife. Her character wasn’t featured in the late 80’s installment. Back then, Weller’s Alex Murphy befriends a fellow cop in Nancy Allen and that was the closest thing we had to a love interest. Anyways, Cornish again dons her Australian accent for an American one and turns in an effectively rote performance even for your typical remake.

    Overall, whether or not you think of this as a remake, the new RoboCop succeeds almost primarily as its own movie. And as expected, the bulk of the narrative projects signs of an inevitable sequel. Now I’ve heard stories about how bad RoboCop 2 was back in 1990 so let’s just hope that history doesn’t repeat itself. Bottom line: this is undoubtedly the best film to be released so far in 2014. And as a lean, mean, slam-bang actioner, RoboCop truly does not “cop” out.

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  • “Make him more tactical. Let’s go with black.”

    A remake of “Robocop” and we get this whole debate again. Was this remake really necessary ? Were we really waiting for this ? Does it add any values to the original version? Does it equal the original version or is it just a pale shadow ? In my opinion this is again a needless and unnecessary discussion. Meanwhile we are already at the next “The Amazing Spiderman”. “Superman” also has taken his cape out of the closet a number of times. And another “Godzilla” is ready to hit the theaters. Nobody is making a fuss about that. But oops, they are going to make a reboot of “Robocop”. A 27 year old cult movie. A timeless classic that had great impact in all areas. An ultra-hard SF with explicit violent scenes, infused with inky cynical humor and satire, and a socially critical message that was unprecedented at the time. The critical spirit that haunts the 1987 version was probably quite revolutionary in those days. The TV ads that were displayed in between seemed absurd and a bit exaggerated, but are obvious at the present times. It presented a “Big Brother” society, where everything and everyone was screened and monitored and violence and intolerance were a normal thing. A society owned by the private sector and criminals. A materialistic , profligate and uncontrollable society with violent video games, retarded TV games, corruption and deceit .

    The critics are very harsh about this remake. Superfluous, humorless, too serious and too little gore scenes (because of the PG-13 rating) are terms that are frequently used. In some cases perhaps true, but despite its shortcomings, it’s still an enjoyable film. The next question, however, one can ask: Is this remake meant to emulate, to surpass or just to restyle Verhoeven’s film? For me there’s no doubt that you can’t surpass or even emulate the original film. The released film at that time was a revelation and an unexpected commercial success. The combination of sharp wit, clever one-liners and explicit violence was an explosive cocktail. This is practically unfeasible to surpass because the zeitgeist in those days was totally different from the current one. Restyling is the only meaningful answer. And they succeeded brilliantly in doing that.

    The beginning of the film sets the tone. Situated in Tehran drones and ED -209 ‘s control the population and any extremist individual who constitutes a threat is singled out. This seemingly peaceful scene soon degenerates into an explosive confrontation between fanatical rebels and the robotic law enforcement. The coverage is broadcasted live in “The Novak Element” with Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson) as a commentator with a stolid, biased attitude and truly supportive for this new law enforcement. A role that seemed to be written specially for Samuel L. Jackson . This parody of the current commentators on American TV is brought with a lot of flair and imagination by Jackson. The way he brings it, is grandiose. His enormous expressive statements and the determination with which he defends his ideas is masterful. He interrupts a debate between the designer of the drones and his political opponent just with a nonchalant wave motion. A tiny gesture showing that contradiction is not tolerated. A practically perfect rendition the whole movie except at the end . The elitist and chauvinistic patriotism which then comes up, I found a little to much. The reuse of the ED -209 ‘s like they appeared in the first film (which also provided then some hilarious scenes, such as when an officer of OCP is shot by a prototype during a demonstration and the scene in the stairwell) was a pleasant surprise .

    The rest of the story is again in Detroit that doesn’t look like a decaying metropolis now, but crime rules again with the help of a corrupt police force. Omnicorp, the developer of robots, would be only too happy to put drones on the streets to combat crime in an efficient manner and also to raise their profits. However, they encounter quite some opposition from the political world, because the drones only take initiatives in a rational way and aren’t able to judge with a human feeling of intuition, compassion and sense. When the police officer Alex Murphy, in his battle against a drug gang, is blown by the latter in shreds, Omnicorp sees his chance to solve this problem by developing a robot/human who still has all those human feelings.

    So much about what’s in common with the original film. However, there is a little philosophical difference with the first Robocop. In the first movie, Alex was transformed into a bionic man who gradually regains his human feelings. In the remake it’s the other way around. When Alex wakes up, there remains very little from his human body, but he still has his human feelings and consciousness. As this is an obstacle to its effectiveness as a killing machine, these human emotions are suppressed by lowering his dopamine level so he gradually changes into a numb robot, acting on auto-pilot . A subtle difference. The decision to change his suit in black and a red stripe as a visor gives it a more menacing appearance and makes it look more like “Judge Dredd”. Only it’s a softer version. I just didn’t get the feeling of it being a hybrid version of Alex, but rather just a guy in a metal casting. The quizzical expression of “Tin Man” used by Mattox was therefore appropriate .

    That there was significantly more budget for the special effects, was clearly seen. Compared with the old-fashioned looking stop-motion technique used at that time, it all looks oiled and devilishly realistic. The structure of the Robocop suit, the high-tech devices in the futuristic-looking labs and the action scenes (which to my taste were to seldom) looked sometimes like excerpts from “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare”. It all looks brushed, impressive and convincing. The acting itself varies from excellent (Gary Oldman as Dr. Norton) to fairly lousy (Abbie Cornish as Clare Murphy). Michael Keaton fitted perfectly into the role as the conniving and scheming Sellars.

    Oh well , Verhoeven thinks it’s a sign of creative poverty in Hollywood and Padilha complains about the terrible interference from MGM so he couldn’t fully use his creativity. As a good friend of Padilha worded : “I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone. He will begin filming Robocop. He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight. ‘This is hell here,’ he told me. ‘The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.’ He is bitter, but it’s a fighter.” In my opinion , this film is too much compared with the original, which really shouldn’t be the intention. This is just a remake, with the foundation of Verhoeven ‘s film and a groovy new shell. The matches are there, but because of subtle reinterpretations it’s not a straightforward remake . The content has stood the test of time well and leans even closer to the current reality than in the original film. It’s actually scary how prescient Verhoeven was at that time. Many will not really appreciate this film and this will have more to do with nostalgia than the film per se. For me it was a more than creditable remake and definitely worth watching. “The remake is smarter than you would expect ” concludes Variety. You only need to see it …..

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