bittah.com!~ [Movie] Robocop (2014)
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If you walk in expecting to see a gritty Detroit overrun with perps and Robocop blasting his way through them like the original you're in for a disappointment. But that said, I didn't mind the direction they took it in the end. This is more an evaluation of the human psyche than anything.
- After a (rather clunky) introduction explaining how robots have been deployed in other countries for security but not America (including a rather stereotypical terrorist attack in Tehran) we cut back to an introduction explaining why the US is "robophobic" and won't accept a bill introducing a law enforcement lacking in a human element.
- In a bid to get their robots into the lucrative US market, Omnicorp (child company of OCP) hatch a scheme to create a more human security force using disabled officers as their guinea pigs.
- They are unable to find a suitable candidate until Alex Murphy is conveniently blown up by Antoine Vallon, an arms dealer who Alex is tracking with his partner Lewis (with a sprinkling of corrupt cops thrown in for good measure).
- Unfortunately the human element means that compared to the other robots Robocop is "less efficient," and the rest of the movie then revolves around how much Omnicorp are prepared to subtly remove Murphy from the equation to get the bill passed. And whether he'll let that happen.
- It's not exactly Sigmund Freud material, but shifting the focus to Murphy and his battle with holding onto his humanity (and family) against a company that want nothing more than to use him as a Marketing tool was a nice touch. Is Robocop really just a machine that thinks he's Alex Murphy?
- Effects are really nice. Especially the reveal of Murphy's true body / brain surgery which had a few around me wincing. ED-209 has evolved from a rather clunky claymation model to a nicely animated and believable robot too.
- Action scenes were fairly sporadic, but very well done. Blended some nice first person elements in there too, and not in a lame way a la Doom.
- "The Novak Element" scenes are fucking NAUSEATING. Wow. If I had to watch another clip of Samuel L Jackson staring somewhat menacingly through the camera telling me how "we as Americans deserve our freedom, our security, our robots" with a CGI American Flag waving behind him I was going to projectile vomit. I'm not sure if this was this movie attempting to recreate the satire of the first, but they were very grating.
- Detroit is a little too sterile? I dunno... just didn't see why they really needed Robocop tbh... the crime element was rather underplayed.
- Doesn't have much of the humour of the original, especially the tongue-in-cheek ads that I enjoyed quite a lot.
- Some rather pointless / annoying characters in there, namely him and him.
- Lewis is a black guy. Now. I'm not trying to be racist here, but holy shit it's becoming even more patently obvious that to get certain movies greenlit in Hollywood you have to beef up the black contingent. He even makes a comment about how much better Murphy looks in his black costume or some shit... rather unnecessary imo.
Overall I quite enjoyed it though, 3 KFC buckets out of 5. Lost major points for the Samuel L Jackson scenes tbh.
Surprised it got 3 whole KFC buckets - mustnt be too bad then - better than i thought anyway. Might wait till a home release version.
See what you guys think.
Even when they slipped in a rather clumsy tie back to the originals but with "I WOULDN'T buy that for a dollar" instead I let it go.