Alex Murphy is critically injured after a bomb is planted on his car, following his almost apprehension of a criminal.
His wife signs a consent form giving Omnicorp access to his body to turn him into the titular character.
But obviously there are sinister things going on because Michael Keaton is just too nice throughout the film.
It was a gutsy move to remake one of the defining movies of the eighties. The original Robocop was damning toward consumerism and how people are duped into everything, and also Robo was a Christlike allegory.
Not to mention a little bit of the old ultra violence. Truly groundbreaking stuff.
Now this movie is nowhere near that film, it's been watered down for the teens, and black was a horrible idea, but it's nowhere near as terrible as you would have thought.
It takes a while to get going, and surprisingly, the bits with the titular character are the weakest parts of the movie.
It's the scenes with Oldman, Cornish, and Keaton that make the film worth watching. Cornish is wonderful as the grieving wife, coming to terms with a decision that will change her life forever.
An underused Keaton is good, but like I've already said, he's just too nice that its a little bit of a giveaway.
Oldman owns the film, and he's the heart and soul of the whole movie, he's truly brilliant.
Jackson bookends the movie declaring that America is the greatest country in the world. Ironic considering that the movie is playing really poor there, and doing very well elsewhere.
There are a few nods to the original, especially the 'I wouldn't buy that for a dollar' line, but at the end of the day,its another pointless remake where the titular character is the weakest thing in it.
Worth it just for Cornish and Oldman.