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on 22 February 2016
Think Italian Job, Psycho, The Wicker Man, The Lavender Hill Mob ...... all classics that didn't need a re-make, but got one anyway. Now think Robocop. Same disaster.

This version views like a frantic video game, and has about as much emotional content. Gone is the satire, the black humour, any characters you might care about. Gone is the iconic "You're fired" scene. What a waste of actor's talents. What a waste of money. Glad I watched it on TV and didn't spend any money.

If you want quality, get the original.
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on 5 October 2014
A substandard effort that will struggle to resonate with fans if the original.
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on 20 March 2015
While this was OK in its own right, you are always going to compare with the 1980's original, and yet again, as is often the case with eighties re-boots, this doesn't come anywhere near the 1987 original. What we have is a background story spread out over two hours. The action is sparse and predictable, the characters quite rigid and no RoboCop cleaning up the streets. There should have been more guns, more violence, more darkness, definitely not what you get for a 12 rating. Even Gary Oldman couldn't lift this any higher, shame!
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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.

Joel Kinnaman as Murphy is okay at playing a perfectly ordinary and decent man, but there's little beyond that to the character so he never really gets the chance to shine. Abbie Cornish is capable enough at playing distressed and grieving wife looking for answers. So her character never gets beyond that either.

Michael Keaton makes his corporate CEO a guy who spins everything to make it work, which is a fair approach but never makes him ruthless enough, so his character never quite comes to life.

But they're all blown away by the sole reason this gets up to three stars. Gary Oldman as the scientist in charge of the project. A man with a conscience. This is a really brilliant performance which makes him a three dimensional character.

The need to make this all audience friendly leaves Robo armed with a taser. But given that a central area of the plot is getting the public to trust a machine with a gun, that actually works well enough.

Two other actors do okay. The man who plays Murphy's partner does well with limited time at making his character a decent cop. And Jackie Earle Haley is good as Omni's weapons guy.

Capable action sequences come along occasionally - the flashing lights of the gunfire in these might be a problem for some - but the whole thrust of Murphy trying to regain his humanity is never quite there as most of the battle for that seems to be happening so deep in his programming that you never get to see it.

This does lack the villainy of the first film, the crooks being a particularly colourless bunch. But it does go in full on action mode for a reasonably involving final act.

It's not a patch on the original, but judged on it's own it's a capable time passer, with one truly superb performance. So whilst it might just appeal to a new generation, the children of the eighties will probably be better off sticking with their treasured memories.

The fact that occasional snatches of the superb original score can be heard through this one's rather forgettable music will only heighten the nostalgia.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

The disc begins with a few trailers, which can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.

Extras are:

Five deleted scenes. Which can be watched individually or all in a row. Doing the latter option takes no more than four minutes.

There's ten very short omnicorp product videos. Also watchable individually or all in a row. The latter option taking no more than three minutes. These are short and just like genuine corporate videos. And thus have none of the humour of the adverts from the original.

The cinema trailer for the film.

Three featurettes:

The illusion of free will: Six minutes about the genesis of this version.

To serve and protect: Five minutes about Robo's weapons and motorbike.

The Robocop suit: Thirteen minutes about the suit used for this version.

All are reasonably involving viewing.
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on 8 November 2015
Okay movie but not as good as the original (and I am not being nostalgic!). This film spends far far too long on Robocop's building, background, feelings, family struggle etc. I'm not an action junky but I did find myself bored during this film. There's no build up to the action and the suit even looks wimpy and not convincing that it is robotic. Could have been a whole lot better. Might watch it again in a few years.
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on 22 December 2014
Nothing compared to the original. Very disappointed
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on 4 November 2014
Well I could not recommend to watch it, it just lacked something, I fell asleep watching it. Some may like it, but for me I was disappointed.
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on 1 May 2015
A good movie, explores the more thinking side of the concept. Has some okay action pieces, but the peripheral characters or villians are bit lack lustre, although the main villain is the corporation, and how they can sell out all moral principles to make a profit.

The effects are good, and believable, although the last act is thrown away a bit. Lots of shooting, and running around.
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on 7 December 2014
Amazingly not as bad as it could have been. But, unfortunately, still not great. Kinnaman as Robo tries hard and gives him a bit more humanity than the Peter Weller original but, unfortunately, in the end is still comparatively acted off the stage by the HAL 9000 from 2001. Gary Oldman is about the only saving grace in this slickly produced, if occasionally clunky edited, unnecessary remake.
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on 2 September 2014
Not as good as the original but a good effort for the reboot
But not as much fake product placement which was cool in the original
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