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Robocop (2014)
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Jun 24, 2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Jose Padilha

Actors:
Joel Kinnaman
Gary Oldman
Michael Keaton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In a vastly changing future where machines have become the armys new way of keeping the peace abroad, Detective Alex Murphy becomes the first half man, half machine prototype created in hopes of putting this technology to work on the streets.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When I was a kid, just coming into movies, there were only two movies to hit theaters that I wasnt allowed to go see, Predator and the original Robocop. And man oh man did I want to see Robocop. It was one of those movies that everyone else saw, loved and couldnt stop talking about. I was there, waiting like a crack addict at the video store the morning it was released and I got the first copy. It was everything I hoped it would be, and still is to this day. Those are some gigantic shoes to fill, and no matter how you slice it, dice it or buy it for a dollar, this flick was never going to live up to its predecessor. That said, as much as we didnt need it, the new Robocop was still pretty entertaining.

The one thing I was looking forward to with this reboot was the technological advances weve developed since the eighties. The suits 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 wasnt the villainous threat he was in the original. He was like the Nemesis from Resident Evil in the originals final act. Yet in this film, Robocop didnt 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 wasnt by the ED 209s, it was by his flimsy human enemy, Rorschach 2.0 (Jackie Earle Haley in Matt Damons Elysium robot suitwhere was Sharlto Copley when we needed him). I like Haley, but didnt buy him or Keaton as strong villains, and you need a strong villain in a movie like this.

ROBOCOP 2014 isnt the god awful flop I thought it would be. No, its not rated R. Theres 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 quicklymad 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. Jacksons 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.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: A flimsy three minutes worth, with only one, Right Hand, being worth a damn. Still, at three mins, I say leave them in and be done with it.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Bottom line, they didnt overdo it, nor did they try to completely reinvent the wheel. At the end of the day this is still Robocop, a dude in a machine kicking ass and taking names. If thats what you want to see, you wont be disappointed.
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2:24PM on 06/24/2014

Meh

Forgettable, that's how I would describe this remake. It has only one memorable scene (the disassembly scene), and the rest just fades from memory into oblivion even after I have watched the film twice. I look back at the original and can pick out endless quotes and scenes that stand out as exceptional, but this 2014 version is just so average, or barely adequate. No good characters at all, no good lines, no 'good' bad guy, it just has nothing going for it. To all the fanboys of the first
Forgettable, that's how I would describe this remake. It has only one memorable scene (the disassembly scene), and the rest just fades from memory into oblivion even after I have watched the film twice. I look back at the original and can pick out endless quotes and scenes that stand out as exceptional, but this 2014 version is just so average, or barely adequate. No good characters at all, no good lines, no 'good' bad guy, it just has nothing going for it. To all the fanboys of the first film... you were right!
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9:15AM on 06/24/2014
Yayyyy Robocop....... Oh the 2014 version, (Leaves Page)
Yayyyy Robocop....... Oh the 2014 version, (Leaves Page)
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3:56AM on 06/24/2014
The movie surprised me as it was not as bad as I expected. In fact, it was much better than I expected. That "Disassembling" scene was unexpected. Joel Kinnaman did his best as Murphy/RoboCop. Sure, it's nowhere near the original RoboCop but this new RoboCop can stand its ground with pride. Video and Audio on this Blu Ray is pretty good too.
The movie surprised me as it was not as bad as I expected. In fact, it was much better than I expected. That "Disassembling" scene was unexpected. Joel Kinnaman did his best as Murphy/RoboCop. Sure, it's nowhere near the original RoboCop but this new RoboCop can stand its ground with pride. Video and Audio on this Blu Ray is pretty good too.
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3:51AM on 06/24/2014
I was completely prepared to rip this one to shreds but ended up giving it the same rating you did J.A. Great to see this film get its due credit. Of course it's not a masterpiece but for what it is, a remake of one of the most beloved sci-fi action movies of all time, it's above average.
I was completely prepared to rip this one to shreds but ended up giving it the same rating you did J.A. Great to see this film get its due credit. Of course it's not a masterpiece but for what it is, a remake of one of the most beloved sci-fi action movies of all time, it's above average.
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