In the near future, office Alex Murphy is critically injured and the massive corporation OmniCorp transforms Alex into part-man, part-machine wrecking crew lovingly coined Robocop.
I saw the first Robocop when I was just 9 years old back in 1987. At the time, this was one of the most amazing movies I had ever seen at my young, impressionable age. Peter Weller was, and IS fantastic. Robocop was the perfect combination of police drama meets science fiction mastery. Any young boy, even into their teens, aw hell even the adults, thought this was awesome. Now 27 years later, Robocop gets redone to the max. I’m not gonna lie, I was extremely skeptical, there have been far too many movies that get redone/rebooted/remade that end up destroying the legacy of the original. Granted, there are some that truly pay homage to the original and turn out amazing. Robocop (2014) is pretty solid, I wouldn’t call it amazing, I certainly wouldn’t call it bad, it was solid and I’d say above average.
Staring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L Jackson
Director: Jose Padilha
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure
Distributor: MGM, Columbia
In Theaters: February 12, 2014
On Video: June 3, 2014
What I Like About It
I liked that this got an impressively technical upgrade from the original. Obviously with today’s special effects technology, it is to be expected that the visuals would be more impressive, action more intense, and robots looking more ominous. Gary Oldman is great, he has his hokey moments, but I really like him and I’m very glad he was cast as the primary doctor who made Robocop what he is.
“The human element will always be present! Compassion, fear, instinct, they will always interfere with the system!”
The storyline held close to the original and I think that was important and frankly I’m very happy that the production team stuck close to the original story. There were some very obvious deviations, but that’s perfectly ok. I am very much happy to see Michael Keaton as well, he has and will always be one of my favorite actors. In this he takes a more mellow role, no real intensity or craziness, but instead a leader role as the chief of OmniCorp.
“What would happen if I shot a taser round into a metal exoskeleton… with a little asshole inside?”
I really like Jackie Earle Haley, you may remember him from the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. He is a little guy but packed with talent and attitude. Least I not forget, Samuel L Jackson is in this too, and he gets to do what he does best, SWEAR… but not till the end.
What I Didn’t Like About It
My biggest peeve about this Robocop redux is this skittering image thing they do variously throughout the movie. I get that it’s an attempt to be like a glitch in the system, skitter skitter image, skitter. FEH! STOP IT! It’s annoying no matter how you slice it. When it first happens in the very beginning, I thought maybe my copy was damaged, but then it kept happening variously throughout the movie. Very, very annoying, bad choice on that guys!
“Forget the machines. They want a product with a conscience. Something that knows what it feels like to be human. We gonna put a man inside a machine.”
Some of the visuals felt overly computer generated, like when Robocop drives his cycle into the OmniCorp lobby. The reason I say that is because other scenes, it’s a physical bike that gets hurled, such as a scene where he barrels into this hallway, clearly real. That mixture of CGI and real just made some scenes feel inconsistent.
I’m not a big fan of Joel Kinnaman, I have never seen him before until this, and as much as he has a good look for the face beneath the shield, I just felt that he wasn’t the best choice. Apparently Micheal Fassbender,Matthias Schoenaerts, and Russell Crowe were all options to play Robocop, of the three, Fassbender would have been pretty awesome.
All in All
Robocop (2014) is pretty solid, it had great visual effects, a good mix of action and story and most of all it greatly explored the human psyche which was very nice. I suggest this for anyone into scifi flicks, it’s worth your time.