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RoboCop
Feb. 11, 2014by:
5 10

PLOT: After an attempt on his life, a critically-wounded Detroit policeman, Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), is revived by Omnicorp, a multi-national conglomerate, that turns him into a $2.7 billion cyborg cop. Once he's back on the streets of Detroit, Murphy tries to solve his own slaying, while his distraught wife (Abbie Cornish) and son try to figure out whether this new half-man/half-machine is still the husband and father they once knew.

REVIEW: Remaking a successful film is always tricky business, especially if the original happens to be a movie that's almost universally beloved by fans worldwide. That's certainly the case with Paul Verhoeven's ROBOCOP. Despite being followed by one mediocre and one absolutely atrocious sequel, along with a Canadian made TV show that looked like it was made on a shoestring budget, the original film's legacy has not diminished over the years. The name recognition alone makes this a potentially massive worldwide hit, so it's no wonder Sony decided to reboot the franchise, with the last full-on feature having been made twenty years ago.

Like another Verhoeven remake, TOTAL RECALL, this ROBOCOP is a far cry from the darkly comic 1987 original. Made with an audience in mind that wasn't even born when the first film came out, this PG-13 reboot attempts (at times) to be a radical reinvention, and the script by Joshua Zetumer tries to deviate from the original formula as much as possible. In this version, OCP is no longer a heartless corporation that's privatized the police force. Rather, they're a robotics firm with deep ties to the U.S government, that aspires to have their robot drones essentially take over law enforcement in America, essentially turning the country into a police state, which is a notion that's oddly embraced throughout the film by a (presumably) Republican pundit played by Samuel L. Jackson, whose Glenn Beck-style editorials are spliced throughout the film. This is the closest this new ROBOCOP comes to embracing the satiric edge of the original film.

You have to give the filmmakers credit for trying to depart from the original formula, but here's the thing. Verhoeven's film did a lot of things, such as have OCP (at least try) to erase Murphy's memory and hide his identity, that made sense. Here, we're supposed to believe that Murphy's wife would somehow sign over her husband to become the robotic slave of this corporation, under the delusion that somehow she'll be getting her husband back. This is one of the many things that doesn't make sense in the movie, and the result is a film that often comes off as incredibly dumb, made worse by the fact that it's actually trying be smart, but constantly failing.

This is a shame, as it starts off pretty well with a dynamic action sequence set in the Middle East, where Omnicorp's robots (including the snazzy new ED-209's) are attacked by insurgents, resulting in a chaotic shootout. Director Jose Padilha recaptures a lot of the urgency and flair for action he demonstrated in his ELITE SQUAD films, but once the action moves to Detroit it just comes off like a lifeless rehash of the original. Even when it tries to depart from the formula (often disastrously as noted above) it keeps bombarding the audience with nods to the original, including the sampling of Basil Poledouris' iconic theme, and many of the famous one-liners being recycled throughout.

The one area this ROBOCOP reboot really distinguishes itself is the cast, with it being populated exclusively by well-regarded actors. Even the bit parts are played by played by names although many of them, especially Jennifer Ehle, are wasted in nothing roles. Joel Kinnaman uses some of the grit he showed on THE KILLING as the human Alex Murphy, and when he's in the suit he's fine even if the pathos of original star Peter Weller's (underrated) performance is mostly absent. The exception to this is a surprisingly gruesome scene where Murphy's shown the extent of his wounds by Gary Oldman, who plays his nice-guy creator. Unlike Miguel Ferrer's coke-inhaling yuppie of the original, Oldman here is a brilliant scientist, and while his material is thin he tries to give the part some weight. That said, Oldman feels wasted in the role, especially with the absence of a strong villain. He could have given the film some much-needed menace (nobody here's even remotely on-par with Kurtwood Smith or Ronny Cox- who made such memorable baddies).

The most interesting member of the cast is Michael Keaton, in his first big role in a while, as the charismatic Omnicorp CEO. Keaton's as intense as always, and hasn't missed a beat since his heyday, but the part is badly underwritten, especially in the ludicrous final act. Jackie Earle Haley fares better as Omnicorp's weapons specialist, although again, he starts off as one thing and winds up as something else without any believable motivation being provided by the script. Meanwhile, Abbie Cornish disappears for huge chunks of the movie as Murphy's distraught wife, while Michael K. Williams tries his best as the now male Lewis, but is saddled with some incredibly bad lines. When asked if he's doing a good cop/bad cop routine, he actually says no, this is good cop, Robocop! Oh boy.

That the material is so weak is a real shame as while it could probably never top Verhoeven's original, Padilha's film has it's moments, specifically during the action scenes that suggest that with a better script this might have been an OK reboot. As it is, it's not an all-out disaster, thanks to the opening, and one really solid shootout near the middle of the film that demonstrates the new (and controversial) Robo-suit and it's accessories in all their glory. While Padilha does seem to love his shaky-cam (which is becoming a really tiresome way of shooting action films) it can't be denied the man knows how to stage an exciting set-piece. As such, the film only ever works as mindless action, which may be fine for some viewers (teens may really like it) but will leave others cold. If you're willing to turn your brain off and totally forget Verhoven's original, you may have an OK time watching this as at least it's more imaginative than the TOTAL RECALL reboot. But, if you go in expecting any kind of substance, you'll likely walk away disappointed. This is certainly an improvement over ROBOCOP 3, but in the end it's just another rehash. Even younger action fans would be well-advised just to give the original a try.

Extra Tidbit: As bad as ROBOCOP 3 was, it was nowhere near as bad as the TV show, which had a kid sidekick and a f**king ghost! Here's a reminder.
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7:19PM on 03/04/2014
Bored me to tears. Why did they feel the need to focus his wife and kid? That and it felt like it took 40+ minuted until he became Robocop. The whole part of the plot where they took the humanity out of him lasted all of 5 minuted and all it took was re-watching his death to somehow regain his human side. And why the hell did they keep one hand organic? What purpose did it serve? NONE. Also I swear that the first scene with his armor off the hand was his left, then the rest of the movie it was
Bored me to tears. Why did they feel the need to focus his wife and kid? That and it felt like it took 40+ minuted until he became Robocop. The whole part of the plot where they took the humanity out of him lasted all of 5 minuted and all it took was re-watching his death to somehow regain his human side. And why the hell did they keep one hand organic? What purpose did it serve? NONE. Also I swear that the first scene with his armor off the hand was his left, then the rest of the movie it was his right. Either way, it was just abysmal!
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6:19PM on 02/19/2014
When CLARA signed the agreement, she was in a state where she couldn't really make think things through.
When CLARA signed the agreement, she was in a state where she couldn't really make think things through.
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1:37AM on 02/14/2014

wow !!!

I was going in with an open mind... and shit it was a hell of a great ride.. ! Dude becoming a machine looks like horrible and freaky... and those who have already saw the movie you know what 2-3 scene i'm talking about ! Crazy shit !
I was going in with an open mind... and shit it was a hell of a great ride.. ! Dude becoming a machine looks like horrible and freaky... and those who have already saw the movie you know what 2-3 scene i'm talking about ! Crazy shit !
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1:04AM on 02/14/2014

wow !!!

I was going in with an open mind... and shit it was a hell of a great ride.. ! Dude becoming a machine looks like horrible and freaky... and those who have already saw the movie you know what 2-3 scene i'm talking about ! Crazy shit !
I was going in with an open mind... and shit it was a hell of a great ride.. ! Dude becoming a machine looks like horrible and freaky... and those who have already saw the movie you know what 2-3 scene i'm talking about ! Crazy shit !
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9:22AM on 02/13/2014
i thought it was pretty damn solid. opening scene was awesome. pretty violent for pg-13. effects were great. pacing was good. robo suit sounds. acting pretty on point. oldman's involvement was much bigger than i expected. only problem for me wwere that the baddies were pretty weak.
i thought it was pretty damn solid. opening scene was awesome. pretty violent for pg-13. effects were great. pacing was good. robo suit sounds. acting pretty on point. oldman's involvement was much bigger than i expected. only problem for me wwere that the baddies were pretty weak.
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4:51AM on 02/13/2014
I really do not understand how people can be OK with going to the cinema after spending out (well its almost close to 10 on a cinema ticket a long with extortionate prices on popcorn and drinks in the UK) only to watch a film and say yeh it wasn't as bad as I thought and be happy to just watch an average flick. This is why Hollywood is still producing crap. They don't care on the substance of the material, as long as you have been 'entertained' for the last 2 hours they are making their money
I really do not understand how people can be OK with going to the cinema after spending out (well its almost close to 10 on a cinema ticket a long with extortionate prices on popcorn and drinks in the UK) only to watch a film and say yeh it wasn't as bad as I thought and be happy to just watch an average flick. This is why Hollywood is still producing crap. They don't care on the substance of the material, as long as you have been 'entertained' for the last 2 hours they are making their money back.
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12:39AM on 02/13/2014

EXTRA TIDBIT

The suit was made entirely on a 3D printer.
The suit was made entirely on a 3D printer.
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12:38PM on 02/12/2014

Not that bad

I saw it the other night at a packed preview screening. After it ended, my two friends and I all turned to each other and had a similar sentiment: "That actually wasn't terrible." Sure, it isn't great and it definitely would have benefited from being rated R, but, all in all, it was a decent remake. I'd say it's actually much better than most remakes. I thought they brought some new interesting things to the story and Gary Oldman did a fantastic job in a role that was severely underplayed
I saw it the other night at a packed preview screening. After it ended, my two friends and I all turned to each other and had a similar sentiment: "That actually wasn't terrible." Sure, it isn't great and it definitely would have benefited from being rated R, but, all in all, it was a decent remake. I'd say it's actually much better than most remakes. I thought they brought some new interesting things to the story and Gary Oldman did a fantastic job in a role that was severely underplayed in the trailers. All in all, it wasn't great, but it also wasn't awful.
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9:20PM on 02/11/2014
Distant memory by Monday. Just like Carrie and every other remake for as far back as I can remember....
Distant memory by Monday. Just like Carrie and every other remake for as far back as I can remember....
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4:48PM on 02/11/2014

Should have been better, could have been worse

Saw this last night. Given the cast, it could have been great, however, it was only very average. Some of the sfx just didn't hold up and the mantra now days seems to be, if in doubt, shoot it in low light with ultra fast cuts and with so much happening that you just bombard the paying public with visual and audio overload. Story was weak - they could t even expend 10 secs to explain the "pretty boy" face after a car bomb. We only taze now not shoot to kill, unless we shoot top kill with
Saw this last night. Given the cast, it could have been great, however, it was only very average. Some of the sfx just didn't hold up and the mantra now days seems to be, if in doubt, shoot it in low light with ultra fast cuts and with so much happening that you just bombard the paying public with visual and audio overload. Story was weak - they could t even expend 10 secs to explain the "pretty boy" face after a car bomb. We only taze now not shoot to kill, unless we shoot top kill with massive calibre weapons and no blood.
Maybe Sabotage will be the action movie I am looking for.
For my 2c maybe 4.5 out of 10
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4:20PM on 02/11/2014

heh

"That the material is so weak is a real shame as while it could probably never top Verhoeven's original, Padilha's film has it's moments, specifically during the action scenes that suggest that with a better script this might have been an OK reboot"

So there is no need to see anything but the trailer, gotcha.
"That the material is so weak is a real shame as while it could probably never top Verhoeven's original, Padilha's film has it's moments, specifically during the action scenes that suggest that with a better script this might have been an OK reboot"

So there is no need to see anything but the trailer, gotcha.
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12:42PM on 02/11/2014

As I also stated in PsychoMaestro's post

Jeff, to just palm off the reason the black guy laughed was because thats how they wrote action movies back then was quiet a shitty response. I think its funny how they think the old one looks like plastic when the new suits have no shine what so ever and look more like a giant toy running around. And with Peter Wellers performance and movement gave the idea of actually moving in something of considerable weight. Yet this new one the guy is running and jumping everywhere. Maybe its because he
Jeff, to just palm off the reason the black guy laughed was because thats how they wrote action movies back then was quiet a shitty response. I think its funny how they think the old one looks like plastic when the new suits have no shine what so ever and look more like a giant toy running around. And with Peter Wellers performance and movement gave the idea of actually moving in something of considerable weight. Yet this new one the guy is running and jumping everywhere. Maybe its because he was wearing plastic which is why he had to avoid bullets. DUMB .
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12:34PM on 02/11/2014

As I stated in PsychoMaestro's post

I just watched the entire trilogy yesterday, and he's right. As much as I love the original films. They're completely outdated and extremely cheesy. My kids were laughing about how bad the effects looked and how ROBOCOP looked like he was made of plastic. They were also wondering why the criminals, especially the black guy, were laughing hysterically every time they did something bad, like kill someone. I just told them that, that's the way they wrote low budget action movies back in the days,
I just watched the entire trilogy yesterday, and he's right. As much as I love the original films. They're completely outdated and extremely cheesy. My kids were laughing about how bad the effects looked and how ROBOCOP looked like he was made of plastic. They were also wondering why the criminals, especially the black guy, were laughing hysterically every time they did something bad, like kill someone. I just told them that, that's the way they wrote low budget action movies back in the days, and then they laughed some more. The best thing about the original ROBOCOP was ROBOCOP, in particular, Peter Weller's portrayal of ROBOCOP. Anybody who thinks any different is stuck in nostalgia mode. If we as humans can't take a classic piece of cinema and retell it to a new generation because we want to live in the first film's asshole, then as a species, we would be no better than plankton.
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2:35PM on 02/11/2014
You're raising those kids all wrong, Jeff.
You're raising those kids all wrong, Jeff.
3:01PM on 02/11/2014
Kids see what they see. You can't lie to a kid or feed them propaganda. They will always give you a fair and unbiased answer. It is you who needs to open your mind and get out of that kid phase where you think every thing back in the day is the best thing ever and the best it will ever be till the end of time. That's a caveman mentality.
Kids see what they see. You can't lie to a kid or feed them propaganda. They will always give you a fair and unbiased answer. It is you who needs to open your mind and get out of that kid phase where you think every thing back in the day is the best thing ever and the best it will ever be till the end of time. That's a caveman mentality.
3:05PM on 02/11/2014
I for one agree with you, Jeff. I loved Robocop when I was younger, but I just rewatched the original a couple of months ago and it's terribly outdated and honestly just not that amazingly made. It's got a few bits of witty satire, but is definitely not Verhoeven at his finest hour, anyone who says so is just selling him short. Just because something is old and you have a nostalgic connection to it does not automatically make it amazing. The remake might be absolute garbage for all I know, I
I for one agree with you, Jeff. I loved Robocop when I was younger, but I just rewatched the original a couple of months ago and it's terribly outdated and honestly just not that amazingly made. It's got a few bits of witty satire, but is definitely not Verhoeven at his finest hour, anyone who says so is just selling him short. Just because something is old and you have a nostalgic connection to it does not automatically make it amazing. The remake might be absolute garbage for all I know, I haven't seen it yet, but the original is far from perfect and if they had gotten the right people involved and handled this correctly then there's no reason why it couldn't have been better than the original.
5:01PM on 02/11/2014
Why do you assume if somebody loves the original it's based on nostalgia? That's not factual. Contrarily, I can say I showed it to my gf's nephew a few years ago, and he absolutely loved it. Completely engaged by it. Like anything, I think it's all just a matter of taste. Having nothing to do with nostalgia, I can take away far more from the original film than this remake - on both an emotional and technical standpoint. It has aged very well, IMO, and is still culturally revelent. Why did "the
Why do you assume if somebody loves the original it's based on nostalgia? That's not factual. Contrarily, I can say I showed it to my gf's nephew a few years ago, and he absolutely loved it. Completely engaged by it. Like anything, I think it's all just a matter of taste. Having nothing to do with nostalgia, I can take away far more from the original film than this remake - on both an emotional and technical standpoint. It has aged very well, IMO, and is still culturally revelent. Why did "the black guy" laugh when he did bad things? Because he had personality and it made him like able. It's arrogant stereotyping to conclude people only love RoboCop out of nostalgia.
6:51PM on 02/11/2014
I didn't say my kids didn't like the original, nor did I say that I did not like it. In fact, I stated that I loved the original film (and part 2), and so did my kids. They had a blast. But there was no denying that the films were dated. Eventually, everything needs to be retold with a fresh coat of paint. And like luke319 stated, the reboot might be absolute garbage, but you can't be mad at them for trying.
I didn't say my kids didn't like the original, nor did I say that I did not like it. In fact, I stated that I loved the original film (and part 2), and so did my kids. They had a blast. But there was no denying that the films were dated. Eventually, everything needs to be retold with a fresh coat of paint. And like luke319 stated, the reboot might be absolute garbage, but you can't be mad at them for trying.
8:39PM on 02/11/2014
I agree with you, Jeff. Robocop 1 & 2 got his armor right while Robocop 3 looks like he made from plastic. Robocop armor is even worse in his live-action TV series.
I agree with you, Jeff. Robocop 1 & 2 got his armor right while Robocop 3 looks like he made from plastic. Robocop armor is even worse in his live-action TV series.
8:43PM on 03/29/2014
while I will agree that the effects are dated, and maybe even some of the cold war references (that nuclear Battleship style game), the film itself is not. Why did the bad guys laugh every time they did something bad? Because they were sociopaths, and they enjoyed hurting people and destroying things. And yes, the film is a bit over the top, because it's supposed to be - it's a satire. But that's not even the point I want to make. You claim that "eventually, everything needs to be retold with a
while I will agree that the effects are dated, and maybe even some of the cold war references (that nuclear Battleship style game), the film itself is not. Why did the bad guys laugh every time they did something bad? Because they were sociopaths, and they enjoyed hurting people and destroying things. And yes, the film is a bit over the top, because it's supposed to be - it's a satire. But that's not even the point I want to make. You claim that "eventually, everything needs to be retold with a fresh coat of paint". No, it doesn't. Remakes/reboots are not needed or required, there's no obligation to tell the same story twice. Similar stories exploring the same themes, sure, if you have an interesting spin on it, but not the exact same story. They could have just let RoboCop be RoboCop and plugged that 100 million into a fresh idea.
12:25PM on 02/11/2014

I never liked the original

I know it's apparently the rarest of cinematic opinions, but I considered the original Robocop to be a terrible film. It felt cheap, the acting was terrible, the themes were absurdly overt and blatant, and it was just a nasty nasty movie. Terrible.

So I'm excited to see this version since it looks to take the concept of the original, and makes it more sleek and less trashy.
I know it's apparently the rarest of cinematic opinions, but I considered the original Robocop to be a terrible film. It felt cheap, the acting was terrible, the themes were absurdly overt and blatant, and it was just a nasty nasty movie. Terrible.

So I'm excited to see this version since it looks to take the concept of the original, and makes it more sleek and less trashy.
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11:10AM on 02/11/2014
I enjoyed it. Its not a patch on the original, but its a cool sci-fi action film. I advise people to go in and see an above average actioner with a solid cast. You won't be disappointed.
I enjoyed it. Its not a patch on the original, but its a cool sci-fi action film. I advise people to go in and see an above average actioner with a solid cast. You won't be disappointed.
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11:21AM on 02/11/2014
Totally agree with your assessment.
Totally agree with your assessment.
11:10AM on 02/11/2014
wow what a shock it sucks
wow what a shock it sucks
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10:52AM on 02/11/2014
I'm just going to go into the film expecting to be its own thing and am not going to compare it with the original. I'm not expecting anything amazing, but if it's a fun film then I will enjoy it.

I just hope the film has depth to it because I want to actually care about what happens to Alex Murphy. Not just blow it off as 'well, that sucks...let's see what happens next'. I want to actually care about the characters when watching a film. I just hope there somewhat of human emotion in this.
I'm just going to go into the film expecting to be its own thing and am not going to compare it with the original. I'm not expecting anything amazing, but if it's a fun film then I will enjoy it.

I just hope the film has depth to it because I want to actually care about what happens to Alex Murphy. Not just blow it off as 'well, that sucks...let's see what happens next'. I want to actually care about the characters when watching a film. I just hope there somewhat of human emotion in this.
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10:57AM on 02/11/2014
You'll love this. Seems like your kinda movie.
You'll love this. Seems like your kinda movie.
11:00AM on 02/11/2014
Van- Damage you just had me in stitches.
Van- Damage you just had me in stitches.
11:23AM on 02/11/2014
I see what you did there.
I see what you did there.
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10:42AM on 02/11/2014

I do not put much stock into your - or this sites reviews anymore

Especially since you guys praise Agents of Shield so much, often giving it anywhere from 7-9 out of 10 and that show has been 1-4 out of 10 in my book. I for one LIKED the Total Recall remake, it was a good action / science fiction flick with a good cast and was well paced throughout the film. I want to see the Robocop remake and your negative review doesn't mean squat to me.
Especially since you guys praise Agents of Shield so much, often giving it anywhere from 7-9 out of 10 and that show has been 1-4 out of 10 in my book. I for one LIKED the Total Recall remake, it was a good action / science fiction flick with a good cast and was well paced throughout the film. I want to see the Robocop remake and your negative review doesn't mean squat to me.
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10:58AM on 02/11/2014
The reviews jimmy-o posts are worse.
The reviews jimmy-o posts are worse.
11:01AM on 02/11/2014
Thats because he sucks up to who ever he is interviewing.
Thats because he sucks up to who ever he is interviewing.
10:37AM on 02/11/2014
Robocop remake: shit.

Who saw that one coming?
Robocop remake: shit.

Who saw that one coming?
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10:41AM on 02/11/2014
Peter Weller ?

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Peter Weller ?

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10:28AM on 02/11/2014
I don't expect this to be anything as good as the original, but I am going to see the movie as it's own thing. IF I end up liking it, great. If not, oh well. Comparing the original to the reboot seems pointless. I'd rather try to enjoy this movie on its own than compare it to the original I love. Like any reboot, it may lack the charm of the original, but sometimes the reboot can at least be entertaining...I love the original Total Recall and the reboot was at least entertaining, not enough to
I don't expect this to be anything as good as the original, but I am going to see the movie as it's own thing. IF I end up liking it, great. If not, oh well. Comparing the original to the reboot seems pointless. I'd rather try to enjoy this movie on its own than compare it to the original I love. Like any reboot, it may lack the charm of the original, but sometimes the reboot can at least be entertaining...I love the original Total Recall and the reboot was at least entertaining, not enough to own the dvd mind you.
I don't expect to love this movie, but I will give it a fair chance.
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10:03AM on 02/11/2014

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If you like this you're gay.
If you like this you're gay.
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10:35AM on 02/11/2014
Saying that implies you're a self-hating closet homosexual. I don't have a problem with that but I'm insulted that you like this movie.
Saying that implies you're a self-hating closet homosexual. I don't have a problem with that but I'm insulted that you like this movie.
10:47AM on 02/11/2014
You saying I'm a racist?
You saying I'm a racist?
1:13PM on 02/11/2014
Huh... uh, yes? (I have to admit that response made me laugh!)
Huh... uh, yes? (I have to admit that response made me laugh!)
3:13PM on 02/11/2014
What the....?
What the....?
7:10PM on 02/11/2014
I thought that was a funny response too, as people use that term to shut down argument. I guess its doing what it is supposed to.
I thought that was a funny response too, as people use that term to shut down argument. I guess its doing what it is supposed to.
9:56AM on 02/11/2014

about the rating I expected

When this first came about everything looked awful, all the news coming out sounded bad, trailers made it look really good tho, so falling somewhere in the middle is no surprise,I'll still check it out, I wasn't expecting an oscar winner, if it brings the action I'm sold on it
When this first came about everything looked awful, all the news coming out sounded bad, trailers made it look really good tho, so falling somewhere in the middle is no surprise,I'll still check it out, I wasn't expecting an oscar winner, if it brings the action I'm sold on it
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9:53AM on 02/11/2014
Maybe they should have had a go at remaking the Vindicator instead.

Maybe they should have had a go at remaking the Vindicator instead.

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9:40AM on 02/11/2014
Same old story! Nothing but a bunch of closed minded douchebags on this site.
Same old story! Nothing but a bunch of closed minded douchebags on this site.
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9:55AM on 02/11/2014
Because there is nothing more douchey than Hollywood execs trying to capitalise on the name of a classic and producing a piece of turd.
Because there is nothing more douchey than Hollywood execs trying to capitalise on the name of a classic and producing a piece of turd.
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9:34AM on 02/11/2014

did i miss something?

when did robocop turn into oscar fare? loved the original and will never forget it. but it's a different movie made in a different time. this is something new. i'm going in with no expectations other than i want it to be it's own stand alone action movie.
when did robocop turn into oscar fare? loved the original and will never forget it. but it's a different movie made in a different time. this is something new. i'm going in with no expectations other than i want it to be it's own stand alone action movie.
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9:45AM on 02/11/2014
They should have given it a different title and characters then.
They should have given it a different title and characters then.
9:34AM on 02/11/2014

Zeebocop

Zam til you zop.
Zam til you zop.
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9:34AM on 02/11/2014

Its a dud!

Everyone already knew this movie would suck. I just love how the actors are pushing it like its the best thing they have ever done. It reminds me of Aaron Eckhart talking on Howard Stern about I, Frankenstein. Look how that movie turned out. Biggest flop of the year so far. Now Robocop is going to flop even harder.
Everyone already knew this movie would suck. I just love how the actors are pushing it like its the best thing they have ever done. It reminds me of Aaron Eckhart talking on Howard Stern about I, Frankenstein. Look how that movie turned out. Biggest flop of the year so far. Now Robocop is going to flop even harder.
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9:37AM on 02/11/2014
We can only hope.
We can only hope.
8:41AM on 02/11/2014
I never get why people think Robocop 2 was 'mediocre'. It absolutely made sense as a sequel and had some really great ideas in it. Robocop 3 was an insult - the first attempt to make Robocop more kid-friendly as a movie, it was beyond dumb and wasted the few interesting additions it made. After that the weird tv movies and kids cartoons were an exercise in diminishing returns. Where the character has survived in the interim is in the medium of comicbooks - some better than others, but it's a
I never get why people think Robocop 2 was 'mediocre'. It absolutely made sense as a sequel and had some really great ideas in it. Robocop 3 was an insult - the first attempt to make Robocop more kid-friendly as a movie, it was beyond dumb and wasted the few interesting additions it made. After that the weird tv movies and kids cartoons were an exercise in diminishing returns. Where the character has survived in the interim is in the medium of comicbooks - some better than others, but it's a great character explored more fully.
I hope to check out the reboot soon even if I'm not expecting much, because Robocop is an important character for me, so I'll indulge any interpretation of the story to a degree.
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10:39AM on 02/11/2014
Except all his humanity had been erased in Robo 2, completely forgetting what happened at the end of the first film.
Except all his humanity had been erased in Robo 2, completely forgetting what happened at the end of the first film.
11:13AM on 02/11/2014
i enjoyed robocop 2 was it as good as the first hell no but was fun still dark unlike that shitty 3rd one wow
i enjoyed robocop 2 was it as good as the first hell no but was fun still dark unlike that shitty 3rd one wow
1:36PM on 02/11/2014
topchambers: not entirely true. his humanity was very much intact at the start of Robocop 2 with him watching over his wife. To avoid her suing OCP they broke his spirit and forced him to denounce who he was before attempting to reprogram him with multiple directives. His human spirit reasserts itself and he fries himself to remove OCP's control. It's very much a tale about his attempt to retain his humanity. Then of course there's lots of drugs and violence too :)
topchambers: not entirely true. his humanity was very much intact at the start of Robocop 2 with him watching over his wife. To avoid her suing OCP they broke his spirit and forced him to denounce who he was before attempting to reprogram him with multiple directives. His human spirit reasserts itself and he fries himself to remove OCP's control. It's very much a tale about his attempt to retain his humanity. Then of course there's lots of drugs and violence too :)
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8:38AM on 02/11/2014
I'm still watching it...coz I'm that guy.
I'm still watching it...coz I'm that guy.
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8:22AM on 02/11/2014
How could anyone actually think that this was going to be good
How could anyone actually think that this was going to be good
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8:19AM on 02/11/2014
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7:38AM on 02/11/2014

Turn your brain off

I'll rewatch the original instead
I'll rewatch the original instead
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7:38AM on 02/11/2014

o:

The original Robocop just wasn't that good. It's almost goofy by today's standards.
The original Robocop just wasn't that good. It's almost goofy by today's standards.
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7:19AM on 02/11/2014

Torrenting

I don't usually torrent movies! But this is one for downloading illegally!! I enjoy the guy in the killing, I love Oldman and Keaton, but even that isn't enough to make me want to pay to see this piece of shit looking piece if shit!
I don't usually torrent movies! But this is one for downloading illegally!! I enjoy the guy in the killing, I love Oldman and Keaton, but even that isn't enough to make me want to pay to see this piece of shit looking piece if shit!
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9:35AM on 02/11/2014
Agreed, maybe not torrenting but its not worth paying directly for. Maybe a Netflix viewing at best.
Agreed, maybe not torrenting but its not worth paying directly for. Maybe a Netflix viewing at best.
6:11AM on 02/11/2014

RoboCop 2014

As usual, Bumbray hands us a steaming pile as a "review". Check your facts before posting, Chris. Maybe someday, we'll start taking you seriously.
As usual, Bumbray hands us a steaming pile as a "review". Check your facts before posting, Chris. Maybe someday, we'll start taking you seriously.
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10:48AM on 02/11/2014
Jimmy-o's reviews are worse. This would have got 9/10 from him.
Jimmy-o's reviews are worse. This would have got 9/10 from him.
1:31PM on 02/11/2014
I would have given it a 5 as well. I liked the actors but had major problems with the script.
I would have given it a 5 as well. I liked the actors but had major problems with the script.
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4:41AM on 02/11/2014
I hope Paul Verhoevan is celebrating with a line of coke and his bitches.
I hope Paul Verhoevan is celebrating with a line of coke and his bitches.
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9:45AM on 02/11/2014
BITCHES LEAVE.....
BITCHES LEAVE.....
4:08AM on 02/11/2014

Trying too hard to bash it?

I don't even have to see the movie to know this review is trying WAY too hard to compare it to the original and WAY too hard to bash this movie. Stop acting like the original was a masterpiece of cinema. I grew up with it too. It was about a cop that turned into a robot, walked like a robot, talked like a robot, shot some dudes, the end. It had as much satire as an issue of MAD Magazine. I'll always love it. I don't understand why people would rather let Robocop die forever than be able to see
I don't even have to see the movie to know this review is trying WAY too hard to compare it to the original and WAY too hard to bash this movie. Stop acting like the original was a masterpiece of cinema. I grew up with it too. It was about a cop that turned into a robot, walked like a robot, talked like a robot, shot some dudes, the end. It had as much satire as an issue of MAD Magazine. I'll always love it. I don't understand why people would rather let Robocop die forever than be able to see another incarnation.
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4:27AM on 02/11/2014
If that is all you got from the original then you obviously didnt get it.
If that is all you got from the original then you obviously didnt get it.
7:29AM on 02/11/2014
You should re-watch the original as an adult and see if you get more out of it now, as there is definitely more to get.
You should re-watch the original as an adult and see if you get more out of it now, as there is definitely more to get.
10:58AM on 02/11/2014
I just watched the entire trilogy yesterday, and he's right. As much as I love the original films. They're completely outdated and extremely cheesy. My kids were laughing about how bad the effects looked and how ROBOCOP looked like he was made of plastic. They were also wondering why the criminals, especially the black guy, were laughing histerically every time they did something bad, like kill someone. I just told them that, that's the way they wrote low budget action movies back in the days,
I just watched the entire trilogy yesterday, and he's right. As much as I love the original films. They're completely outdated and extremely cheesy. My kids were laughing about how bad the effects looked and how ROBOCOP looked like he was made of plastic. They were also wondering why the criminals, especially the black guy, were laughing histerically every time they did something bad, like kill someone. I just told them that, that's the way they wrote low budget action movies back in the days, and then they laughed some more. The best thing about the original ROBOCOP was ROBOCOP, in particular, Peter Weller's portrayal of ROBOCOP. Anybody who thinks any different is stuck in nostalgia mode.
11:14AM on 02/11/2014
Jeff, to just palm off the reason the black guy laughed was because thats how they wrote action movies back then was quiet a shitty response. I think its funny how they think the old one looks like plastic when the new suits have no shine what so ever and look more like a giant toy running around. And with Peter Wellers performance and movement gave the idea of actually moving in something of considerable weight. Yet this new one the guy is running and jumping everywhere. Maybe its because he
Jeff, to just palm off the reason the black guy laughed was because thats how they wrote action movies back then was quiet a shitty response. I think its funny how they think the old one looks like plastic when the new suits have no shine what so ever and look more like a giant toy running around. And with Peter Wellers performance and movement gave the idea of actually moving in something of considerable weight. Yet this new one the guy is running and jumping everywhere. Maybe its because he was wearing plastic which is why he had to avoid bullets. DUMB .
3:55AM on 02/11/2014
Nothing like bottom-of-the-barrel expectations. Yes, it's not a terrible abomination on the level of Robocop 3, but make no mistake - IT IS STILL A BAD MOVIE. It earns that on its own terms without comparison to the vastly superior original. There is no reason to see this. The original does everything better. EVERYTHING. Hell, even the stop motion from '87 is more convincing than the overused CGI.
Nothing like bottom-of-the-barrel expectations. Yes, it's not a terrible abomination on the level of Robocop 3, but make no mistake - IT IS STILL A BAD MOVIE. It earns that on its own terms without comparison to the vastly superior original. There is no reason to see this. The original does everything better. EVERYTHING. Hell, even the stop motion from '87 is more convincing than the overused CGI.
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4:36AM on 02/11/2014
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5:12AM on 02/11/2014
I love Stop Motion in which I think is a more effective way of using special effects than CGI. Nothing beats Stop Motion greatness like Ray Harryhausen's works or Phil Tippett's ED-209 stop-motion.
I love Stop Motion in which I think is a more effective way of using special effects than CGI. Nothing beats Stop Motion greatness like Ray Harryhausen's works or Phil Tippett's ED-209 stop-motion.
5:56AM on 02/11/2014
Yeh there is something about cgi, and the use of stop motion and models. CGI still seems too clean and sharp. The never ending story was on TV the other day and that film although cheesy still holds a lot of 'magic' There is something about the gritty nature of using models and prosthetic makeup that in my mind makes it more believable and adds a better aesthetic and ambience for the film.
Yeh there is something about cgi, and the use of stop motion and models. CGI still seems too clean and sharp. The never ending story was on TV the other day and that film although cheesy still holds a lot of 'magic' There is something about the gritty nature of using models and prosthetic makeup that in my mind makes it more believable and adds a better aesthetic and ambience for the film.
6:06AM on 02/11/2014
And is it just me but I think the look of the new suits even the silver one make this guy look like something from toy soldiers? The suit doesn't even look metal. 'Robocop 2014 made by TOMY '
And is it just me but I think the look of the new suits even the silver one make this guy look like something from toy soldiers? The suit doesn't even look metal. 'Robocop 2014 made by TOMY '
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3:23AM on 02/11/2014
"at least it's more imaginative than the TOTAL RECALL reboot" - That's good enough for me. I don't expect it to triumph over the original RoboCop. Just want to have a good time at the movies.
"at least it's more imaginative than the TOTAL RECALL reboot" - That's good enough for me. I don't expect it to triumph over the original RoboCop. Just want to have a good time at the movies.
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9:58AM on 02/11/2014
Thought the same thing when I read that
Thought the same thing when I read that
3:14AM on 02/11/2014

Good but its got nothing on the original.

On its own merits its a decent action flick, its only when in comparison to the original where we see exactly how ordinary it is. A great cast but none of them really get to "flex their muscles" Keaton to a certain degree and Sam Jackson has a few funny monologues. In the 87' version you really felt like Detroit was about to become a war zone, in remake it seems basically like it is today; where you felt like a robotic policeman was absolutely necessary and in this one its plain to see its just
On its own merits its a decent action flick, its only when in comparison to the original where we see exactly how ordinary it is. A great cast but none of them really get to "flex their muscles" Keaton to a certain degree and Sam Jackson has a few funny monologues. In the 87' version you really felt like Detroit was about to become a war zone, in remake it seems basically like it is today; where you felt like a robotic policeman was absolutely necessary and in this one its plain to see its just a corporate money grabbing move.
In the Verhoeven film the couple of times you see Robocop without his mask is quite a reveal and also shocking, in this one he spends the majority of the time with his mask up so it takes a little of the.. mystery? away. Although that said there are a few good moral questions raised and some emotional scenes involving his family. Its by no means a bad film and worth a trip to the cinema however given the choice to watch either one, well its no choice at all.3/5.
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2:38AM on 02/11/2014
Elessar is right, I have been positive about this and much to my surprise ended up liking this film and giving it a 7 out of 10.

I never thought I'd be defending this and was as against the remake as everyone else was but I think a big part in being able to enjoy RoboCop 2014 is in understanding that this is *not* going to erase the Verhoeven original from existence.

However, I don't totally love it and there are a good number of changes that are disappointing, foremost of them being
Elessar is right, I have been positive about this and much to my surprise ended up liking this film and giving it a 7 out of 10.

I never thought I'd be defending this and was as against the remake as everyone else was but I think a big part in being able to enjoy RoboCop 2014 is in understanding that this is *not* going to erase the Verhoeven original from existence.

However, I don't totally love it and there are a good number of changes that are disappointing, foremost of them being the gender-flip of the Anne Lewis character and swapping Boddicker for a boring drug lord named ValIon.

I like that it wasn't a scene for scene remake and that Joshua Zetumer's screenplay was bold enough to take things in different directions than in the original, and there was an effort made to update the context and keep some satire. References to the original did feel pretty shoehorned in and Alex and Clara share no chemistry even when a lot of the plot is dedicated to Murphy's family. And yes, the PG-13 rating does mean the claws are clipped but there is still a tinge of bite and this isn't a totally neutered "unicorns and rainbows" take on RoboCop.

I did love the supporting cast in this, particularly Gary Oldman (who plays Dennett, not Bob Norton - who's actually a completely different character from Miguel Ferrer's Bob Norton) and Jackie Earle Haley.
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2:37AM on 02/11/2014

Kind of what I expected, to be honest.

I know Jedd has been singing its praises, but I still expected it to a half assed reboot with some great moments. Kind of the trend these days.
I know Jedd has been singing its praises, but I still expected it to a half assed reboot with some great moments. Kind of the trend these days.
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2:33AM on 02/11/2014

Damn...

Saying I'm a huge Joel Kinnaman fan is an understatement, so I'm disappointed that the source material is so weak. Although I don't know what I was expecting. Either way I have to watch it, Kinnaman is just too awesome on the Killing for me to stop following his career now.
Saying I'm a huge Joel Kinnaman fan is an understatement, so I'm disappointed that the source material is so weak. Although I don't know what I was expecting. Either way I have to watch it, Kinnaman is just too awesome on the Killing for me to stop following his career now.
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