Saturday, February 1, 2014

Review: RoboCop [2014]

"What's Better Than A Hero? A Dead One!!"


Background:
Release Date: 30 January 2014 (Malaysia), 12 February 2014 (USA)
Directed By: Jose Padilha
Written By: Joshua Zetumer
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Kornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Samuel L. Jackson
Duration: 118 minutes


In A Nutshell:
A remake of the classic Paul Verhoeven movie, RoboCop [1987]. In the year 2028, drones made by conglomerate, OmniCorp have taken over humans as law enforcers around the globe except for America. OmniCorp's CEO, Raymond Sellars (played by Michael Keaton) wants something to win-over the U.S people so he instructs his leading scientist, Dr. Dennet Norton (played by Gary Oldman) to begin a project involving part-man and part-robot. The perfect opportunity arrives when Alex Murphy (played by Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father, and good cop is critically injured.


Thumbs Up:
+ The action scenes, while being few, are really exciting and impressive
+ RoboCop's method of transportation. Never has a hero looked as utterly cool on a motorbike than this. No, not even Arnie in Terminator 2: Judgement Day [1991] or Batman on his Batpod.
+ Scenes during the night are beautiful to look at.... the RoboCop suit and motorbike are simply gorgeous in this environment
+ The scene of stripping-down the RoboCop suit. A genuine "Whoa" moment.
+ Pat Novak (played by Samuel L. Jackson) swearing and getting all angry. This is a thumbs up because.... its Samuel L. Jackson doing the swearing and getting angry!!


Thumbs Down:
- The first half of the movie is pretty lethargic. It takes around an hour or so to finally arrive at some real fun
- Despite the movie trying to ground the story in human elements, it still feels emotionally detached
- A real strong point of the movie, its action, weren't sufficient in terms of screen time
- They weren't bad, but I still preferred how the suit (except during nighttime... see Thumbs Up above) and the ED-209 drones looked in the original movie
- The film could have benefited from a little comic relief


The Verdict Is In:
Let's be honest here, remakes of classic movies rarely goes well. And for the first hour or so of this updated RoboCop version seemed to go down the same path too. This period was used to establish the background story and give it an emotional core. But despite the human elements to it, the film still felt a little detached (there were some tiny pay-offs late into the movie), and ultimately made this first period somewhat lethargic. But when RoboCop went fully functional, we were treated to some real cool action scenes. The film started to gather momentum starting from that point on but I believe still needed a few more action scenes to make up for its earlier half. In the end, this is an OK effort and if a new generation of film lovers enjoyed this, they might finally go check out the original afterwards!
Rating:
6.5 out of 10


14 comments:

  1. Honestly, the Pg-13 rating seemed to suck all the enthusiasm I had for this project. This review isn't helping either.

    How could they make it... and not go overboard with action scenes? What's up with that?

    Anyway... thanks again for time traveling and saving me a couple of bucks. I appreciate it.

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    1. I don't know what's up with that.... I mean this is a RoboCop movie after all. We expect loads of action!

      Usually I don't mind injecting some pathos into an action movie, and that's what they tried to do here.. portraying Murphy as family man, etc... but it just didn't work for me here. Apart one scene late on involving Murphy's son, I just didn't connect emotionally. But having said that, judged on its own, this is a passably entertaining movie.

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  2. I have to agree with m. brown there. The fact that this is PG-13 makes me want to skip this, but the way you are enthusiastic about the some of the action scenes make me want to see this. I guess if I dont compare this to much to the original. I should have fun, right....right...ok good

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    1. The action is cool... especially I'd imagine for someone who likes video games. It does provided some fun but somehow feels like a generic action movie.

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  3. aku opposite weih...I love it!
    aku suka part political & media manipulation tu
    but aku mmg agree aksi x berapa nak banyak...seingat aku...robocop ganas gila...
    setakat nunjuk otak memejam xdalah ganas mana

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    1. x ganas tapi aku suka part action dia... especially masa first training dia lawan drones n masa dia take down org2 jahat kat warehouse ke apa tah.... tapi suit dia just glow in the dark... cool seh!

      scenes dia bukak suit tjk organs Murphy agak "whoa!" gak tuk aku!

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    2. oh yes agree, suit dia niceeee!
      aritu kat radio ada org comment "i like the new robocop he's slimmer" ...LOL in which aku sangat agree

      aku juga kagum ngan actor ni..tak sangka he can pull it off, sblm ni tgk dia dlm The Killing cam biasa je

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    3. tapi kalo bukan time glowing in the dark, aku suka suit yg lama... walaupon secara praktikalnya lbh berat n nampak besar... tp tah aku prefer look of that one

      aku actually x penah tgk Joel Kinnaman. IMDB kata dia ada belakon cite The Darkest Hour, tp aku x pasan mana satu dia. mungkin pasal aku x suka cite tu kot ;P

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    4. dia mamat ber slang russian tu tak silap
      ye ye ko ckp baru teringat...tapi aku know him more dlm The Killing yg entah kenapa aku follow..lembap gil show tu..season 1 je best

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    5. ko cakap slang russian, baru aku ada bayangan sket2 dia yg mana satu...
      aku TV shows mmg x byk n jarang layan skg, except for a few..... x cukup masa.. hehe...

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  4. Hi Asrap! Good thing this wasn't horrible. Unfortunately the screening is on the same night as Winter's Tale so my friend Ted and my hubby are going to see this instead.They're both hoping this would be eons better than the Total Recall remake.

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    1. Hi Ruth! Its easy to be better than the Total Recall remake as that was horrible! The new Robocop judged on its own is decent. Obviously I prefer the original better!

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  5. I'll be seeing this on Friday for my Valentine's Date! hahah... you can tell what kind of Valentine I am. When I think of the action I think maybe they are trying to make it more like the original movie, where I didn't think there was too much action. I should have my review up next week!

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    1. Haha... an unconventional Valentine's Date, but actually sounds very cool!!
      The action was actually quite cool here. Just would have preferred a bit more of it. Can't wait for your review!

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