Robocop (2014) Review

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It’s not that bad.

I’m just going to be honest about it up front- the Robocop remake isn’t as bad as many sites said.  Of course, it’s nothing compared to the 1987 original, but if you are willing to watch it as its own film, than the experience is not a bad one at all.  In fact, even by comparing to the original film, the remake can be quite good as well.

The story takes place in the year 2028, a world where robot drones is a reality.  The U.S. government has been using the drones on foreign soil for security purposes, and they’re trying to bring the same policy over to the U.S. ground.  However, thanks to the Senate bill, the idea cannot really be on U.S. ground, because the the robots drones are lacking human emotions, and it’s too dangerous for the U.S.  This is a big problem for Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), the boss of OmniCorp, the company that’s responsible for the robot drones.  Since the robots are lacking human emotions, OmniCorp comes to the conclusion to put a human inside the robots instead.

Enter Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), an honest cop and the perfect choice for the project.  After an accident, OnmiCorp transforms Murphy into the Robocop.  The design of the new Robocop is always a problem with fans, and it was the case with me at first.  However, after watching the movie, I can’t help it but fall in love with the sleek, jet black new Robocop.  He is fast, more efficient, and badass with his motorcycle patrolling the streets.  This is the robot of the future, so why not make him actually futuristic?

No I can’t help it but feel the original Robocop is silly.  They guy can’t even run and he moves really slow.  If a crime is happening a few blocks down, all he can do is yelled “stop,” and that’s it.  Yep, really liking the new Robocop more now.

The new movie takes a different approach than the original one and focuses more on Murphy’s human side.  When first transformed into the Robocop, Murphy has complete consciousness of what’s happening to him, or who he was.  It’s interesting to see him from a person trapped in the robot suite, and slowly becoming a robot himself.  The movie then has Murphy rediscovers his human side again.  It might seem redundant- why not just have Murphy without his emotion side at first?

The original movie only mentioned the Murphy’s family situation, but this movie digs deeper into the subject and has it serves as Murphy’s main constant of humanity.  It’s a great touch and it makes more sense as the source of Murphy’s actions, other than just trying to solve his own murder.  I mean, it makes sense and all trying to have Murphy solving his own murder, but having his family, something that’s physically there, can serve as a better response for the viewers.

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The movie does suffer the problems of cliche.  The internal struggle of a cyborg is one that we’ve seen too many times.  Am I a human, or am I a machine is something we’re too familiar with.  Again, like I stated before, the movie takes away Murphy’s emotional side just to have him gain it back soon.  A little too soon if you ask me, and it takes away the dramatic purposes.

Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) is the character responsible for Murphy’s transformation.  There isn’t a character like him in the original movie, and he’s someone that’s needed.  The character serves as a last hope in Murphy’s war against OmniCorp, and without him, Murphy’s consciousness will be all lost.  The character has a lot of internal struggles too, and it’s interesting to see that.  He knows what he’s doing is wrong, but he has to do it because he desires the success behind it.  For time to time, the character can be quite a contradiction and it can be difficult to watch.  But overall, Oldman does a decent job with the character, and his performance is impressive.

The Novak Element is the funniest part of the entire movie.  It’s a nod to the original movie where we will constantly see some TV programs from the fictional world, and Samuel L. Jackson does a terrific job here.  Also, what’s a Samuel L. Jackson appearance without some curse words?

Also, Jackie Earle Haley’s Maddox character deserves a special mention.  He does a wonderful job playing a solider working OmniCorp, and he deserves more screen time.

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Now let’s do the unavoidable, comparing the remake to the original one.  Like I mentioned above, the movie is great even by comparing to the original movie, but there are some elements that just doesn’t work.  Most noticeably the famous “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me” line squeezes into the movie in the most unnatural way.  However, other adaptation from the movie is great such as the music and taser gun from the leg.

Also, the fight between Robocop and ED-209s is way better this time.  The EDs actually seem threatening this time unlike the original movie, and they don’t have the problem of tripping over anymore.  However, they’re still flawed like the original ones, and Robocop easily find the blind spots at defeating them.

Here I am, saying I’m not going to compare this movie to the original one anymore, but end by comparing anyway.  The movie is different than the original one and in many way, it’s better this way.  Overall, the movie is a fun one with some great action sequences, and some great character developments and clear goals.  The movie is a good one on its own, and shouldn’t really be compared to the original film.

8/10

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  1. I agree -it wasn’t THAT bad. 8 out of 10, though.. I thought it was weird how they started him out more human and then took it away, it was almost like watching 2 different movies mashed together. Then there’s the whole man vs. machine “overriding the program” stuff but they didn’t really dig deep for that one, it could have been better if they switched up to being Alex Murphy centered for that part as opposed to the stale performance at the beginning.

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