Thursday, February 13, 2014
Movie review: Robocop remake pales in comparison to the ‘80s original
Snooze, snooze and more snooze.
The year is 2028 and the multinational organization OmniCorp has supplied the world with law enforcement robots/machines that are lowering the crime rates to basically nothing. However, in OmniCorp’s home country, the United States, there is a bill in place that prevents the use of such robots on American soil. Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), head of Omnicorp, realizes that the only way around this bill is to change public opinion to get the bill revoked. In steps Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), who is a Detroit cop who was badly burned within an inch of his life by a criminal he was very close to catching. Dr. Norton (Gary Oldman), who works for Omnicorp, gets Murphy’s wife’s (Abbie Cornish) permission to turn her husband into a crime fighting robot … but one the American people will love, due to the fact that he has a conscience.
RATING5/10 stars – This movie was too political with not enough quality action for my taste. It's an unnecessary remake.
Based loosely on the 1987 movie of the same name, Robocop offers a new kind of crime fighter that this time dons a black outer shell rather than the sleek silver we all know. Robocop dives much deeper in the word of humanities and politics that I would have liked. Starting right off the bat with a political news report and debate about whether or not this practice is right, the movie never seemed to let go of the “right or wrong” aspect. After the opening 20 minutes, which in my opinion were the most interesting, the movie just gets weird. The scenes where it’s basically a face on a pair of lungs is just poorly created and creepy. Omnicorp can’t seem to handle Alex Murphy’s emotions and his pesky wife keeps getting in the way. The people who want to see the Robocop project fail are just annoying, and by the time we finally get some action, it’s in the form of a training exercise with no true fight. One shot and you’re dead isn’t fun to watch, and I’m sorry but that black suit basically turns Robocop invisible. You end up just seeing guns fire themselves as the shaky camera goes back and forth.
Another aspect I think hurt this film is the lead. Who on Earth is Joel Kinnaman? I had no relation, care or worry about our so called “hero” that the thought of him dying in battle didn’t bother me.
I honestly can’t think of one good point to make about this movie that was better than the original. They don’t even wrap up the story surrounding Murphy’s own “murder,” even though he does revisit this later on in the movie. It was nice seeing Michael Keaton back in a movie, however, so that was a plus. At the end of the day, good, quality action we are all wanting to see is missing. I strongly would say, go watch the original. Now that movie has shocking moments!
The movie co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jackie Earl Haley and Zach Grenier.
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