RoboCop (2014) 2014

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Detroit 2028: In a city where crime is out of control, dedicated police officer and family man Alex Murphy is determined to fight corruption in a world ruled by chaos. But when Alex is critically injured, a ruthless multinational company specializing in technological weaponry called Omnicorp transforms him into an unstoppable part-man, part-robot crime fighter.

Starring:
Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman
Runtime:
1 hour 57 minutes

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RoboCop (2014)

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction
Director Jose Padilha
Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Golfguy101 on 5 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Level-set. I had very low expectations. I like all sorts of movies. If the movie is entertaining, I'll give it a pretty good rating, even if it is not as deep / dramatic as others would hope.

Sadly, this movie managed to disappoint despite my very low expectations. It didn't sound like it had the budget / star power to make a solid pass at a cult classic, but still had the potential of being highly entertaining. Turns out, the budget must have been better than I realized, because special effects weren't half bad. Unfortunately, those effects didn't save the film. I would love to blame the horrible acting on a terribly written / thought-out story line, but both were so bad I couldn't tell if one drastically affected the other or not. Attempts at character depth / development totally missed and the story line jumped around way too much for how loosely it was all tied together.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 11 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This isn't the Robocop I remember but on its own terms I found plenty to enjoy. It's almost impossible to watch this and divorce it from the original (brilliant) film from back in 1987. That was a very different film - this one is a 12 certificate which perhaps tells you all you need to know. It doesn't have the wit or stylish verve and certainly not the violence of its predecessor.

This time around its Joel Kinnaman who plays Alex Murphy, a cop who is left at deaths door after being targeted by the criminal element. He is rebuilt as our new Robocop and sent out onto the mean streets of Detroit to enforce the law. Complications arise as the line is blurred between man and machine as Alex is caught between his duties, his family and ruthless executives attempting to use him to their own ends. Kinnaman is solid enough in the role but the acting honours lie elsewhere - Gary Oldman is excellent as a conflicted doctor, Michael Keaton is equally great as a hateable son of a gun and Abbie Cornish brings the heart as Mrs Murphy.

As I said at the top, I found much to enjoy here - the streets of Detroit are suitably gritty, the action is good and it all looks great (admittedly I'm a sucker for big budget sci-fi). There are a few sly nods to the original flick - ED209 is present and correct and the original armour gets a look in.

Overall, although the modern way of remaking perfectly good films can feel kind of pointless, if you can take this one on its own merits it's a pretty good film. If you're only gonna watch one Robocop film though - head back to 1987.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 May 2014
Format: DVD
As action pictures go, it's an easy way to spend an hour or so. The budget provides plenty of flash bang along with excellent locations and sets but the script doesn't rise above the action. A near future sees drone soldiers patrolling the streets of Tehran and we observe dispassionately at the harsh stop and search tactics employed by these robots. Commentary is provided by a TV host (Samuel L Jackson) whose character seemed shoehorned in and his scripting was oddly confused, I didn't buy any of his politicised evangelical style rants and I wasn't entirely sure if they were meant to be satirical or not. The basic plot surrounds the ban of drone use in the US and the subsequent plan to merge man and machine results in detective Murphy becoming the guinepig, his adjustment segments slow the script down but it's not long before he goes rogue, miraculously overriding his programming, before finding the truth and bringing the perps to justice. It's difficult to comment on the vacuous screenplay without remembering the original because the old script deftly handled, satire, humour, and dystopian future alongside corporate greed and some very human emotions; it also positioned the story within a world in need of a hero and then gave us exactly that hero. This one flattens the social commentary and despite some classy action, it keeps the viewer distant. Even the bad guys are cozy, Gary Oldman is simpathetically scripted and I thought he had the best character in this, far from being a bad guy, Michael Keaton's character actually has a noble pursuit; to save the lives of police officers, yes, they do some bad things and their military advisor (Jackie Early Haley) is suitably threatening but he's no Clarence Boddicker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon Luddite on 1 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Passable film on its own but none of the complexity / development of characters, interlinking of relationships or humour that made the original a great film !

Grammar Police alert - BTW Amazon I have spelled "humour" correctly so please use a UK spell checker for a .co.uk website
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A remake of Robocop, a movie whose biting satire merged with 80’s style exploitation violence, seemed an idea doomed to failure.. and I went in to this movie with correspondingly low expectations. Perhaps that is why I have come away feeling pleasantly surprised. For sure, the raw satirical edge which was in truth enhanced by the gory Verhoeven touch, is missing in this sanitised version. What we do get is a slick retelling of the story, surprisingly more human at its core. There is more questioning here on what it is to be human – and a little less on the dehumanising of culture. That said, the Samuel Jackson character that replaces the witty adverts of the earlier version, personified here as a right wing political editorial show, is amusing and occasionally pointed, but overegged.
What adds class to the proceedings is the surrounding players – following this journey from human cop to Robocop and then trying to find his way back, is a bunch of fine actors. Gary Oldman is hardly stretching his acting talents here, but he makes his sympathetic scientist who has angst about crossing moral boundaries, but can be tempted to do so, genuinely believable. Michael Keaton plays a more conventional character who is just what he seems to be – a manipulative CEO who is only interested in the bottom line… but he manages to bring a few of his acting tics to give a little quirkiness to the role. Kudos too, to Abbie Cornish as the wife with tough decisions to make.
The balance of this movie is really much more about a man’s coming to terms with his injuries and how these have changed his life. Doctors have saved him, but have they allowed him the chance to really live?
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