The one thing I was looking forward to with this reboot was the technological advances weíve developed since the eighties. The suitís look, his suit in particular, is sleek and quite gorgeous to behold. The same can be said of the ED 209 models. Even on Blu-ray, the eighties ED still looks a bit like a cartoon grafted onto the screen. Now as much as I enjoyed the new film, the one complaint I have is that ED 209 wasnít the villainous threat he was in the original. He was like the Nemesis from Resident Evil in the originalís final act. Yet in this film, Robocop didnít merely swat him like a fly, he took out a bunch of them like they were nothing. Sure, he got shot up a bit like he did in the first flick, but it wasnít by the ED 209s, it was by his flimsy human enemy, Rorschach 2.0 (Jackie Earle Haley in Matt Damonís Elysium robot suitówhere was Sharlto Copley when we needed him). I like Haley, but didnít buy him or Keaton as strong villains, and you need a strong villain in a movie like this.
ROBOCOP 2014 isnít the god awful flop I thought it would be. No, itís not rated R. Thereís no hookers, blow, big hair or toxic waste, but they managed to make it feel smart enough to merit at least one watch. The cast are as good as they can be, but Peter Weller and co. beat them hands down. The good news is, if you go into this flick with an open mind and no hate, you might find yourself having fun rather quicklyómad props to my man Omar for crossing over to the other side of the law. The story is what it is, but there are cool moments like Robocop being able to catch a convicted murderer by facial recognition, and I dug the bigger play on his family this time around. I also liked Samuel L. Jacksonís political show, which felt very STARSHIP TROOPER-ish, but less ridiculous. Will we get another? Probably not, but like I said, this one is worth the rental fare for sure.
Omnicorp Product Announcement: Another three minutes of OmniCorp commercials. Sigh, we really could have done without these.
ROBOCOP: Engineered for the 21st Century: This making-of bit is pretty straight forward, but nothing to get overly excited about. They go on about how many franchises Hollywood is looking to reboot, which will make you puke a little into the back of your mouth, but other than that, nothing spectacular.
Previews: There are some trailers, as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Digital Copy of the film.