ROBOCOP: THE REVIEW

The original ROBOCOP is pure genius, it is slightly camp, it is over the top gruesomely violent, and it has some brilliantly delivered lines that are now well remembered quotes. This film is produced brilliantly, is a great slick reboot, mostly cast better with a mega support cast, it has epic action, a huge ambitious plot and story arc but it cannot get to the heights of greatness of the original because it is just flat and lacks that interesting spark that actually makes you care.

 

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ROBOCOP 2014 – Joel Kinnaman as RoboCop

 

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.

 

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ROBOCOP 2014 – Joel Kinnaman as RoboCop

 

This film is superbly made, it is directed by the most amazing José Padilha who brought us the outstanding, stand and applaud film, TROPA DE ELITE – I reviewed this film years ago – it just blew my mind. He does a sensational and admirable job of this. The production qualities are on par with a Batman or Spiderman film, it just looks slick, the special effects and the acting is near flawless. He cast it 90% perfectly and should be damn proud of his achievement. But he totes fucked it up with the lead actor, Joel Kinnaman, he is a gorgeous tall dude, he can deliver lines, but he is out of his league in this film. You just don’t give a flying shit about him, the chemistry between him and his family is nearly non existent and he brings down Abbie Cornish’s performance. Seriously, when your supporting actors are Samuel L Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley and Michael Keaton holy-what-the-hell you logically get someone with charisma that can totally meat their support actors in skill. He takes the “no emotion” RoboCop part and nearly embraces it for his entire performance.

 

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ROBOCOP 2014 – Gary Oldman as Dr. Dennett Norton

 

Gary Oldman is admirable as the supporting Doctor who is a genius at robotics and combining robotics with biology, he is pretty much playing a Commissioner Gordon character here, but more for the medical industry as opposed to the police force. He is always comforting to watch. It blows me away how much of a chameleon he is. He can play younger or older with ease. Small bit part from Jay Baruchel that I just love. I just love his slightly whiny voice and he voices Hiccup in the How To Train Your Dragon movies so every time he talks I feel a bit aglow – I love that film and even watching the kids TV show :). Then the film is nearly worth watching for the sheer joy of having Michael Keaton back on the big screen. I was watching him and wondering why on earth he could not return as an older Batman in Batman V Superman? He would be ideal!!

 

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ROBOCOP 2014 – Gary Oldman as Dr. Dennett Norton and Michael Keaton as Raymond Sellars

 

Then there is the guy who saved the film, the guy who lifted it off the ledge of the monotonous doldrums it teetered on, this man who can drop the perfectly timed F Bomb to crack an audience up. He owned his scenes and his character reminded me of the TV commercials from the original movies. This actor is a legend, I present Samuel L Jackson as Pete Novak. His segments are awesome and have a nice dig at media in general. Laughed so hard at his scenes. And that hairdo, he was like a version of Stanley Tucci from The Hunger Games, loved it.

 

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ROBOCOP 2014 – Samuel L. Jackson as Pete Novak

 

The film is not crap but it is not the original. It is a great reimagining on the lines of the latest Judge Dredd but it lacks the soul, gore and humour of the originals. I can see a sequel happening for this one, I think it can work. It is out now, is rated M and runs for 117mins.

 

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