Thursday, February 13, 2014

Robocop

Rated PG-13 / 1 hr 48 min / Action - Crime - SciFi

What is it about?

Omni Consumer Products (OCP) is back to their tricks again. They have robots and drones stationed all over the world keeping the "peace". The problem is that Congress has passed a law that keeps them from selling these peacekeepers here in the United States. If they were able to do so it would mean large profits. They come up with a plan that involves putting a man into a machine. They need Robocop to save the day. Unfortunately, he doesn't act like the robots do, and that puts a fly in the company's ointment. The human element will always be there.

You will like it if...

You like decent action movie remakes. This version of Robocop attempts to reimagine the story. Some things have stayed the same, but the story is quite different. The main storyline feels as if it was mashed together, and parts of it don't make much sense. As with most 80's remakes the script isn't as fun even with the nods to the original. They tried to update the tale with a gritty take on it. The cast is fantastic for the most part, but I'm not sold on Joel Kinnaman as Robocop. Oldman would have been better cast as one of the bad guys, but it doesn't look like he's taking those kinds of roles anymore. He's so good at being bad though! Keaton, Jackson, and Jackie Earle Haley are all fantastic. The special effects have come a long way since the original, but they aren't groundbreaking or original. I almost long for the days of Phil Tippett's stop motion animations of the ED-209 from the original. This is a decent modern update, but it's not nearly as fun.

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