“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me!” RoboCop.

You might think that being an avid fan of Predator that I must have watched all the classic 80’s movies… Well I only got around to watching 1987’s RoboCop earlier last year and I really enjoyed it. It was more gritty than I expected and I thought their ‘future’ was pretty accurate really. I can see how hardcore fans of the original RoboCop might not enjoy the 2014 adaptation, but I think it is fair to say I can be objective with my review!

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RoboCop is set in 2028 Detroit, (not that far in the future really considering their advancement in weaponry) where OmniCorp already have robots on the ground in several countries, but have failed to have them approved for US soil. There is some stigma about robots not knowing what it is to be human… ergo RoboCop is born. We know the story!! However, director José Padilha takes us in a slightly different direction, the details of which I wont divulge for those who are yet to see it of course!

robocop2014-6I enjoyed Joel Kinnaman as the man himself Alex Murphy, I liked that he is quite conventional and they didn’t use a well known actor who could have taken away from the role itself. Plus I thought his performance was good as he slips back and forth from robot to human personas. The relationship with his partner played by Michael Williams felt authentic but was perhaps under used. I would have enjoyed a bit more buddy cop action.

One character I didn’t care for was Abbie Cornish as Murphy’s wife – fair play to her for getting the gig but I find her really mundane, she can cry so…guess she did a good job there. Thinking about it the female species doesn’t come off great in this film, on the other side of the table we have OmniCorp bitch played by Jennifer Ehle, some one I recognised but I couldn’t for the life of me remember where from – you will have to IMDB her for yourself! She is NOT a likeable character. Aimee Garcia brings it back a little for the girls though as the Doctors assistant and comes into her own a little more toward the end.

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Speaking of the doctor, a great role for Gary Oldman here, effortless as ever. I enjoyed his emotional turmoil and wrestle with the moral high ground, made for a good final act. Plus Michael Keaton as OmniCorp boss plays a good role, just charismatic enough to get away with it but shows his true colours in the end, good old stereotype for you in that one. I didn’t really understand the casting of main ‘bad guy’ Antoine Vallon, played by Patrick Garrow – he is a something and nothing for me – not a scratch on the villain of the original which is such a key part of the story it let the film down for me. You know who would have made the better bad guy is Jackie Earle Haley who plays a hard core military man brought in to train up the ‘tin man’. We all know he can pull off creepy and menacing from his portrayal of Rorschach in Watchmen. Might have been the better choice here?!

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What do I know… I thought the story was well told, the use of Samuel L Jackson as a TV host taking us through the media journey was a nice touch, I didn’t much care for his delivery but I don’t enjoy those type of American style chat shows anyway. It was of course exaggerated to make a point (I hope), so it served its purpose. I also thought the way RoboCop himself worked by using CCTV, mobile data, scanning and all the fancy gadgets was really well done and scored a point over the original for that.

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It has just occurred to me that I have barely touched on actual ROBOCOP?! The suit looked pretty awesome to be fair, and I loved the way he moved – of course with the help of modern special effects this felt a lot more realistic than the original. The fight scenes are few and far between but oh my does he KICK BUTT when he gets going. Two scenes to mention, the fire fight in the dark, and the taking down of the drones were AWESOME. Unfortunately, a little more fighting and a little less emotional turmoil could have pulled this film from a 6.7 on IMDB to an 8 at least. Plus cut 15 minutes off the running time and you’ve got yourself a winner!

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My POV, this film is worth a watch. If you are a MEGA fan of the original you will probably hate it for the way it mixes up the story and the characters journey – but for an objective viewer like myself, I had fun watching it and will probably watch it on DVD again!

 

 

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16 thoughts on ““Dead or alive, you’re coming with me!” RoboCop.

  1. GaryLee828 February 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm Reply

    I’m a big fan of the original, but I guess I can make-do with a remake that focuses more on the human aspect of Murphy opposed to the actual acts of crime.

    When I first saw that Jackie was cast in this I was excited b/c I assumed he was playing the villain, in which I instantly thought was the perfect cast; then when I realized later he plays a different role I was disappointed. But oh well. Maybe it will be decent, nonetheless.

    Good review. :)

    • myreelpov February 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm Reply

      Yeah I think he would have played a spectacular villain but he still has quite a good part to play!

  2. Adam Collins February 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm Reply

    I most certainly will be off to watch it, along with the Lego Movie because that looks funny!

    • myreelpov February 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm Reply

      Haha yes to the Lego movie, hoping to see that soon!!

  3. keith7198 February 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm Reply

    Very nice review. Mine thoughts on it goes up tomorrow. I had such low expectations for this one but its received more positive reviews than I expected.

    • myreelpov February 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm Reply

      I wonder if urs will be a positive one?!

  4. lukebbtt February 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm Reply

    I love how all of the bloggers have been either posting Robocop or Lego Movie reviews this week. Showing their true colors. Haha.

    I’m still of mixed thoughts whether to see this one. Next week I was going to see Monument Men, but that hasn’t been getting too great reviews, so I might go for this instead. Your review makes it sound that even if I don’t totally like it, I will take something away from it.

    • myreelpov February 12, 2014 at 10:50 pm Reply

      Yeah I think so, and on reflection I quite liked the twist on the story line!

  5. sidekickreviews February 13, 2014 at 3:48 am Reply

    I like your point about not casting a big name actor for Robocop. I’ll probably catch this when it comes out on video. Good review!

  6. CMrok93 February 13, 2014 at 5:20 am Reply

    The original didn’t need a remake whatsoever, but since we have one, I can’t say I’m all that angry. It’s not a bad movie per se, as it definitely does some interesting with its story and who it makes more humane this time around, but altogether, it’s a bit too dull for its own good. Like most remakes made today. Good review.

  7. lauren February 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm Reply

    Good review-and Jennifer Ehle was Elizabeth Bennet in the 90’s BBC tv series of Pride and Prejudice. Bit of interesting career move.

  8. Tim The Film Guy February 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm Reply

    Great review, I really liked it as well and I am a big fan of the original so I think most will enjoy it :D

    • myreelpov February 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm Reply

      Yay glad u enjoyed it!!!

  9. Dan February 13, 2014 at 7:05 pm Reply

    Looking forward to seeing this. I’m a big fan of the original which I watched again this week but I’m open-minded about this. I thought the trailer was terrific so I’m glad to see so many positive reactions to it so far.

  10. Hypersonic55 February 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Yo Claire, cool review mate. It seems like this film is winning a lot of people over. I seriously thought I was gonna hate this film, but when it ended I can’t say that I was that disappointed. The film was pretty good to be fair. Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Sam Jackson were my highlights to be honest. I like how you mentioned Abbie Cornish’s weak performance. For me her and that kid were so l tedious, I know Murphy’s family represent his human side but when they were the main point of the story I got so bored and annoyed.

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