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In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.

Starring:
Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

RoboCop (2014)

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley
Director Jose Padilha
Genres Crime, Science Fiction
Studio STUDIOCANAL
Rental release 9 June 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley
Director Jose Padilha
Genres Crime, Science Fiction
Studio STUDIOCANAL
Rental release 9 June 2014
Main languages English

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6 of 7 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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6 of 7 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peej Maybe on 25 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Oh dear. I thought this looked fairly OK from the trailers, but you soon realise that the best bits were in the trailers - the opening scenes give you the impression that the movie's going to depart from the original a bit (fine with that) and explore new territories, but despite a stunning cast (aside from Joel Kinnaman who has all the screen presence of a wooden mannequin) it's a complete bore fest and trips over its own shoelaces far too many times.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Northern Warrior on 11 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Robocop is the latest in a long line of remakes/reboots as Hollywood seemingly runs out of original ideas. Unfortunately unlike Dredd, which was pretty good this is more akin to Total Recall (albeit without the lip sync problems).

In fairness to the writers and producers they did try to make the new Robocop not a direct re-telling of the original, but that is to some extent where they went wrong. Samuel L Jackson's right wing opinionated TV host gets far too much air time and the opening segment, showing the deployment of US robot troops and drones in Iran (!) has little direct connection to the rest of the film. As for the rest of it, without giving too much away...

Michael Keaton is no Ronny Cox as the main protaganist. The original did have the malevolence of Cox's Dick Jones offset by the still devious but well meaning "Old Man" (Dan O'Herlighy) but none of that here.

Gary Oldman dials in his Inspector Gordon persona as the put upon scientist.

Total lack of gore.

Total lack of any humour (no "Mind if I zip THIS up?", or "guns, Guns, GUNS!" moments).

Far too much screen time devoted to the relationship between Murphy and his wife/son. In fact the whole premise of the film seemed to revolve around the mutual angst whereas in the original this element was relegated to a minor segment.

No charismatic police partner. Just an injured guy who spends most of the film in hospital.

No charismatic villain! Just a merc type guy with a beard.

The Blu-ray quality in terms of picture and sound is good enough, though with all the cgi being used hard not to get that part right.

If there was anywhere left to rent discs these days I'd recommend you do so before buying. Otherwise might be worth watching via streaming or Sky before splashing out money on this lacklustre title.
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