Well yesterday my lovely wife and daughter bought me a little gift, which was the limited edition Steel book of the new Robocop movie, im a big fan of the original film and im a sucker for a steelbook bluray, I have to admit i was disapointed to not have made it to the cinema to catch the movie but i have quite a decent home movie set up so it wasnt a total loss.
Anyway i always watch every movie with an open mind and even more so when its a remake/reboot,its too easy to start making direct comparisons and get swept away with nostalgia.
Robocop 2014 is worth watching, it has a good plot while sticking to some of the fundamentals of the original, the plot is a bit more interesting and complex than the 80s version, but sadly it does lack humour, its a little too serious, the film also lacks a major villain, the equivalent "Clarence Bodiker" character in the movie has no screen presence and is almost forgettable, Omni corp i suppose is the Villain if your looking for one, but the figure head Dick jones character is played by Micheal Keaton and he really doesnt play corporate evil villain head honcho very well, he was a bad choice, it needed an Alan Rickman or ironically Garry Oldman who they cast as the nice doctor who creates Robocop,they should have switched roles.
They studio also cocked up the casting of joel Kinnaman as murphy, hes wooden in places, his dialog was mumbled and it really felt like they may have built a Robocop suit and then had to find an actor who fit into it, considering the caliber of the supporting cast he was a poor choice.
i know this isnt painting a great picture of the movie, but i did enjoy it, but it wasnt right, he has two suits of armour, the first is a very obvious updated nod to the original which was great and should have been used for the whole film, the second suit was a very sleek black number, which would have looked perfect in another bat man movie but apart from the helmet really wasnt Robocop, and sadly was used for most of the movie, the armour was also very vulnerable compared to the 80s armour, which kinda leads me on to another point, the 80s Robocop was a walking tank the 2014 Robo was more of a ninja,more agile and much faster than his 25 year old counterpart, so you get some good fast paced action and some set action pieces that simply wouldnt have been appropriate for the 80s robocop, i suppose we have films like the transformers movies and optimus prime acrobatics to blame for robots becoming super agile in movies.
i suppose the most disappointing aspect of the movie was the violence was seriously scaled back, even to the point that Robocop is given a tazer gun, so dont expect to see exploding heads and rapists getting shot in the nuts,its a pg13 folks , plenty of robots and drones get wasted but human casualties are bloodless deaths or stunned, from what i can gather this was a studio choice and the director had a hard time getting anything like the story on to the screen that he wanted.
But its still worth a watch,but dont compare it to the original, they are two different animals made a quarter of century apart, one on a shoe string budget pre CG and the other with a multi million dollar risk from a nervous studio who didnt understand what made the original popular, the film needed at least another 30 mins of time to really develop some things it lacked, and it needed its R rating.
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