RoboCop (2013)

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Crime has a new enemy.

Sci-fi actioner set in 2028 Detroit. When a policeman is critically injured, a robotics corporation sees their chance to prototype their futuristic crime-fighting machine: a part-man, part-robot police officer. Stars Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton. Remake of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven-directed film.

Cop and dedicated family man Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is the victim of a car bombing and left in a critical condition. But what is a crisis for his wife (Abbie Cornish) and son becomes an opportunity for multinational company OmniCorp, who have made billions building robots and drones for the US military and want to bring this technology to American soil. OmniCorp's CEO (Keaton) expects massive revenue and positive public opinion from turning Murphy into a prototype part-man, part-machine police officer - but the results of putting a man inside a machine prove unpredictable...

Better than it almost has any real right to be, José Padilha’s RoboCop reboot is an example to Hollywood as to how they should be done. Quickly putting distance between itself and Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, this RoboCop is a much different beast, and thankfully not in a Total Recall way. Where the latter remake (coincidentally of another beloved Verhoeven pic) annoyingly played up to fans with knowing callbacks in the hope of glossing over constant deficiencies, they’re largely absent here barring the odd line of dialogue, visual reference and welcome inclusion of Basil Poledouris’ stirring score.

It’s not the ‘80s and Padilha isn’t a crazy Dutchman running around Pittsburgh and Dallas with the anarchic attitude a $13 million budget allows, plus Verhoeven’s blend of over-the-top violence and satire isn't a combination that would work if directly emulated today. Instead, with ten times the budget, Padilha has made a surprisingly thoughtful sci-fi action pic that explores a different philosophical question – not whether it’s ok to blend man and machine or treat a person as a corporate product, but where the moral limits of these notions lie.

Frequently amusing – thanks to welcomely hammy performances from company CEO Michael Keaton and uber-partisan broadcaster Samuel L. Jackson – RoboCop is also at times shocking (wait til you get a load of Alex Murphy’s new body), and strikes an unusual, subtly sarcastic (although not outright satirical) tone for a big budget Hollywood film. One of the few downsides is the kinetic camera movement and editing Padilha brings to the action scenes, bewildering to follow on IMAX, but presumably easier to follow on regular cinema screens. Bring on the next one.

Hollywood Reporter

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This remake of the 1987 dystopian classic has a better cast, more meticulous script and, naturally, flashier effects, but it lacks the original's wit and subversive slipperiness.

Total Film (UK)

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Exciting, pacey and thoughtful sci-fi actioner.

Variety (USA)

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It's a less playful enterprise than the original, but meets the era's darker demands for action reboots with machine-tooled efficiency and a hint of soul.

Empire (UK)

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Throughout, one character refers to the new RoboCop as 'Tin Man' and to the film's credit, it desperately wants to have a heart. Oh, if it only had a brain.

Guardian (UK)

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A deafening, boring action pile-up that is more Call of Duty than Robocop.

Telegraph (UK)

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The film is not only unchallenging, it seems actively scared of challenging us. You emerge feeling pacified and only semi-entertained.

Time Out London

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Junking Verhoeven's sledgehammer satire in favour of real-world politics and 12A thrills, this is a slicker, shinier, admittedly inferior affair - but it's by no means a write-off.

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Nothing special here. Avoid.


Nope - Samual Jackson in this - NO!!

Stick to Marvel films buddy!! This film was not bad if you took Samuel L Jackson out of this film.. his narrating in movie was terrible.


Robocop

This remake is the same theme as the original (the classic) only not as dark.

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Careful how you ride that bike or you'll hit a plot hole

A nice time killing actioner that does what it says on the box.

Robot Cop blows sh*t up.

Which is fine, the plot doesn't always make sense but the film looks pretty and that's what they seemed to be going for. Unfortunately the original Robocop was a ham fisted metaphor for the growing gap between rich & poor, and how that was enforced by the political system. Then lovely wrapped in ultra-violence. All that subtext is completely missing from this film, in fact all subtext is missing from this film and the violence is far from ultra.

This sanitised version is fine for the family and for switching off and letting the programming take control.


An honest attempt

The film is expectedly cheesy and bearable to watch, but just didn't have that wow factor to re-franchise the character. It was, however, enhanced by the complications of morality surrounding human rights and emotion, creating a somewhat progressive intensity towards the end. wait for the dvd release :)


Save your money!

A reproduction that doesn’t reach the original, underlined by bad acting and finished of with the same old same old primitive “happy happy, pancake pancake” American ending.


Robocop

Hollywood had some serious balls to remake Paul Verhoven's 1987 cult classic, Robocop. Then again, in an age of reboots and remakes, It's not unexpected. Many fans of the original were ready to hate this. fortunately, this flawed Robocop reboot is sleek, stylish with a surprising amount of substance. The satire and bloody ultraviolence are gone, bringing in wider young teenage audiences not old enough to watch R18 movies. Despite being more serious & less clever than the original, It still manages to make some improvements over the 1987 version. In this version, the character Alex Murphy has greater depth. We get to know his back story and his family. All we really know about Murphy in the original is that he's a cop brutally shot down by a bunch of criminals. I don't want to compare the remake too much to the Paul Verhoven film, but I don't like the car bomb. His gruesome death from the first movie just seemed more gritty and personal. The cast is fantastic. Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy was pretty good. Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley and Samuel L. Jackson are great in their supporting roles. Disappointingly toning down the swearing and violence, pandering to younger PG-13 audiences. Paul Verhoven's 1987 masterpiece is far superior, but Robocop delivers solid entertainment, offering spectacular visuals and thrilling action. I'll buy that for a dollar!


Good for a film called Robocop

Darker, and less tongue in cheek than the original, Robocop places itself in the same quasi-real setting as the recent Dark Knight films. Joel Kinnaman isn't a bland as the lead and feels miscast. However, Oldman is superb, as always, and the special effects are superb (and gross). Fun, loud and forgettable.


Dead or Alive You're coming with me

I am a die hard fan of the original and to be honest I went to see this with a more than a little trepidation, but I was honestly surprised. I really enjoyed it, as a remake it wasn't bad at all. Its very entertaining and it has real heart at the base of story, it made Alex more human and the initial struggle and alex wanting to die was conveyed in a believable fashion. If this is the future for Robocop then roll on Robocop 2 as I would happily pay $ to see it.


Pleasantly surprised

Ok, I am a big fan of Robocop 1987,as its was the most amazing film at the time, especially for a 12 year old. And like other reviewers, I was expecting to hate this one, so I went in with low expectations. (I really didn't like the total recall remake, with the lens flares driving me to distraction)

Robocop 2014 is not bad at all, its got some nice homage to the original, and substantial changes to the storyline to make it fresh for the old fans, and fine for the new ones. Acting is fine, Gary Oldman delivering a great performance...

Robocop 2014 is a solid action film. Interesting story, but lost the satire of the original. Solid 7/10... definitely not the worst Robocop film ever made.... (Robocop 3-Frank Miller) holds that title for now (and for ever)

If you have doubts, give it a go