In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop – is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
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An earnest and Hollywoodesque look at the themes of the original. Misuse of the citizen and transhumanism are examined from a more reverent angle; some levity would've been nice. Gary Oldman and Abbie Cornish bring more depth to their characters than there actually is, and more attention is paid to backstory, but this glossy RoboCop lacks the dirty, visceral feel of the original, whose satire still feels more ballsy.
The original Robocop splendidly articulated the ideology of NeoLiberalism and the rise of former actor Ronald Reagan. This remake confirms that 2014 America is owned by corporations, ruled by rotten media, and led by a President whose surveillance and drone program have gotten completely out of hand. God Bless America.
Contrario a lo esperado, esta revisión por parte de José Padilha del famoso personaje funciona, seguramente, gracias al buen tino que se tuvo en involucrar en el proyecto a los guionistas de la cinta original (Edward Neumaier y Michael Miner) y aunque se extrañan un poco la garra y la disfrutable hiperviolencia gore de Verhoeven, el resultado es positivo, a pesar de los poco alentadores resultados en las taquillas.
A frustrating experience: for every interesting curveball or interesting performance there's something predictable, ideologically confused or just plain dumb happening in the script. It's MUCH better than it has any right to be, with great body horror and surprisingly solid character building, but still feels hobbled by blockbuster convention and focus testing.
With some great action sequences and an entertaining Oldman (despite being squandered by the shoddy direction), surprisingly this wasn't a total nightmare. Nobody will find this to be better than the original in any capacity, as it was bland and the "evil villain" was not nearly evil enough. All in all, it lacks the grit and heart of the original.
Not the disaster I expected but this needless remake/remodel never really takes off either. The parade of all star casting in supporting roles doesn't really pay off as its a film that rests on its technical chops and action choreography. By no means terrible with a handful of memorable sequences especially the storming of the drug facility and its hefty body count. The social satire of the original is sadly missed.
I have no doubt that Padilha could have done much better, especially if we consider the lower budgets and quality of his past films. Full Review: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2014/02/robocop-2014.html