RoboCop

2014-02-07 09:51
 
What it's about:

In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years—and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman)—a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit—is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine, pursuing justice.

What we thought:

I have to admit I was a bit jaded before going to watch this movie. I think what made Robocop such a cult phenomenon in the 80s and 90s is the new ‘technology’ that we were exposed to. By the time Robocop came out we already had already seen futuristic action movies (Terminator, Blade Runner), but a man becoming a machine it was still a foreign concept a man becoming a machine and at the time we really had nothing to compare it to. I remember watching Robocop for the first time and how in awe I was of it, and as a kid this movie was cutting edge for me.

To the run up of the film most people were sceptical of whether or not this would be a good remake or whether another classic would be messed up. I was pleasantly surprised during and after watching the movie as it is not merely a copy and paste of the original. While it maintains the original premise of the movie, in my books, it can also stand apart from the original.

While the original is set in the ‘future’ this version is not so distant from the present we live in. Set in 2028 it makes this movie more relevant. Drone technology is a reality now; we have robots that can do all kinds of things and the possibility of having a robot cop is very real for us now.

This RoboCop is sleeker, agile and fluid. He doesn’t move like a machine he moves like a man and that makes him more believable. Joel Kinnaman stars as Alex Murphy. His performance was a fair portrayal of a man struggling to come to terms with his new reality, his new identity. 

There are also some plot tweaks, Alex Murphy’s family play a more prominent role. Abbie Cornish in the role of Alex Murphy’s wife, Clara portrays a formidable character. She is a woman who would do anything to keep her family together even take on a mega corporation. Her determination to keep her husband alive does beg make one question though - where do we draw the line when it comes to our loved ones and doing what’s best for them and us?

This remake was a good attempt and even if it’s just out of curiosity that you go and watch this movie you won’t be sorry when you hear that familiar theme song and tagline, ah nostalgia. This movie might just spawn a whole new lot of fans.


The fragility of the human body and the triumph of the human spirit collide in this remake of a classic.
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Movie fan 2014/02/20 2:52 PM
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What is this review? Stream of consciousness? Alphabet soup? It's certainly not in English. The standards on this site have clearly dropped.
pixies 2014/03/14 11:32 AM
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hmmm, to evaluate one needs some of that 'stream of contentiousness' I'd say. Makes it more real, a more real glimpse of what to visually and emotionally expect.
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