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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:
Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

RoboCop (2014)

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

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Benito on 14 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
I adored the original film, still do. So much of it was iconic, striking, visceral, humorous and memorable. Whereas the remake is forgettable, po-faced, ordinary and 'meh' in so many ways. The characters are meh, the action is meh, and the whole story feels diluted and muddled.

Why is it called RoboCop when Murphy is NOT the first robotic cop? The film begins with robotic law enforcers searching a street. In the original film Murphy's transformation was so incredibly striking because there was nothing else like him. But here, he is just another walking machine with a gun. Meh.

What happened to the music? Basil Poledouris' brilliant, chiming, orchestral/industrial score was perfect. Here it is relegated to the end of the end credits. RoboCop has a theme as much as James Bond has a theme. The new music is forgettable generic action fare. Meh.

There is no sense of Murphy cleaning up the streets, no sense of the streets even needing cleaning! Again, the original had 3 or 4 brilliant scenes of RoboCop actually being a cop. One of these featured him trying to arrest one of his killers who shouted 'I know you, we killed you!', prompting Murphy to regress and question who he was. It was simple, and combined action with emotion and story to brilliant effect. There is nothing like that here. Meh.

The characters are so wishy washy - no real 'bad guys' that the film so badly needs - so you've no real interest in seeing them dealt with. In the original film the bad guys are NASTY, they're a gang of real low-lifes, they laugh like hyenas as they shoot Murphy to shreds, you WANT to see him avenged. Here, he's the victim of a remote car bomb, and there's nothing like that same sense of vengeance. He annoyed some criminals and, Mafia style, they blew him up. Tch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 2 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
I admit to being a biased fan, who loves the original. If you never saw the original this movie would probably gain an extra star. I do think the movie makers did a good job for an updated reboot, rather than just living of the premise of the first movie. This version of Robo is sleeker, not as clunky with his movements. He is more 6 million dollar man type of enhancements. He can run faster jump higher. He rides a Street Hawk type motorbike. He does take battle damage, and his kill (off button) is a lot more effective.

What this movie lacks in the over the top and bloody violence, it make up for from the perspective of the mental and emotional scaring of the Murphy family. Slight spoiler in this version murphy's family is fully aware that he is Robocop. The movie also takes a much more political stance. There is a lot of America greatest country in the world and international police. You could ask the question that that the rest of the world does not have the choice but to accept American robots and drone security keeping them safe, but America (with virtual flag waving in the background) has the choice to say no.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew L. Charles on 13 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
yes I should of steered well clear. This film is rubbish. Not a patch on the 80's original. Why do filmmakers bother?
My advice, don't bother with this crap.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fatray Ltd on 9 Nov. 2014
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Appallingly bad, original Robocop was my favourite film and this was just a disappointment.. Bad guys were totally lame, no character development, very poor...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Mullard on 5 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
Inappropriate casting and none of the dark humour of the original, this has got to be one of the most pointless remakes of recent years bar Total Recall.
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9 of 10 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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