"What's Better Than A Hero? A Dead One!!"
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 . 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.
+ 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  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!!
- 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!
6.5 out of 10