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
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A remake/reimagining/call it what you will of Robocop (Special Edition)[DVD] [1988], the 1980's action with dark satire near future movie that remains a very fond memory for those of a certain generation.

As with the original, this version is set in near future Detroit, and sees Police officer Alex Murphy left on the brink of death by criminals, and brought back as a part man part machine law enforcer by the ruthless Omnicorp.

Murphy has to fight to deal with those who tried to bring him down, and to regain his humanity.

WARNING: CITIZENS WHO ARE HUGE FANS OF THE ORIGINAL ARE LIKELY TO BE HIGHLY UNHAPPY ABOUT THIS VERSION. YOU ARE ADVISED TO STEER WELL CLEAR.

Given that it's over twenty five years since the original - which makes those of us who saw it at the cinema back then feel so very old - this tries to be a bit of an updating. By getting into areas in regards to technology which nobody saw as being issues back then. Namely the use of drone technology.

Thus this starts off with a look at a world where such technology has produced robots which have allowed the US to go into Iran. All this introduced by Samuel L Jackson as a tv political commentator.

These opening scenes do present a potentially thought provoking look at the possibilities of such things, thankfully never getting didactic about it. But they lack any real satire, particularly of the kind that the original managed so swell. And show you right from the start that this is a film which takes itself too seriously.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton 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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4 of 4 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By steven murray on 12 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Some big names but so boring ! Don't waste 1:53 it really ain't worth it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fenix Rising on 29 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Dear oh dear...where did it all go wrong? The original, as you all know, is somewhat of a classic and it was always going to be a hard act to follow, particularly with a reboot. And I really don't know who wrote the screenplay etc and came up with this complete guff, but they need to seriously reconsider their career choices. A horrifically inferior film with a poor concept, packaged nicely into one big pile of steaming....well, you get the picture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James on 30 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A huge disappointing remake. The film has no feel of its original and this new Robocop is no match for Peter Weller! Badly executed story and begs the question why this film had to be remade. Despite all of the CG effects there is no way you can beat the original ED-209's menacing voice and stand off with Robocop in the original. The story for me just didn't work. A cheap and nasty reproduction. Big thumbs down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigAl82 on 9 Sep 2014
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What this remake slash reimagining slash reboot lacks in ultra graphic, brutal torture bloody violence it makes up for in a pretty amazing cast. The effects are top of the line. The acting is nice. The disturbing opener gives way to a frenetic pace which hardly lets up. As good as Peter Weller was in the original Joel Kinnaman is better. Michael Keaton is always good to watch. Gary Oldman is a class act as always. Samuel L. Jackson can do no wrong. Abbie Cornish can cry for Detroit. Jackie Earl Haley aka Freddie Krueger in the nightmare on elm street reboot is rather good here. In fact the entire cast here is quite brilliant. I still miss the gratuitous OTT violence from Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original but this update has more explosions. At nearly two hours (117 minutes) this film has more content than the shorter original which is both good and bad. I may be biased but this remake is good. Not fantastic but not a dud.
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