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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually pretty good
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The new future of law enforcement
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...
Published 5 months ago by Paul Tapner


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The new future of law enforcement, 11 Jun 2014
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually pretty good, 11 July 2014
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Richard Morton (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robocop [Blu-ray] [2014] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly anaemic reboot lacks real guts but has style oozing from its body armour, 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy remake, somewhat sanitised, 29 Jun 2014
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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? There is much less focus on any storyline giving a focal bad guy to boo at and give the audience a sense of excitement as the movie builds to a climax. The climax here does have action, but is ultimately much more about one man’s journey to find meaning in his new circumstances. As such, overall, Jose Padilha has made a more believable movie than the first one, both in terms of character and in terms of science. What it arguably lacks though, is the sense of fun that came with the first one – Verhoeven knew how to sweeten his satire with an over the top sensibility ladened with black humour. Here the director has opted instead to make things palatable by simply dialing back the satire and making a more conventional film. It works, as that, and better than I for one had hoped for – but fans of the original are bound to feel somewhat shortchanged.
6/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nothing but a load of crap. this film among many of its kind is ..., 6 Sep 2014
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nothing but a load of crap. this film among many of its kind is why Hollywood should not make remakes. and leave the classics well alone. if you loved the first Robocop films stay away from this one. and who the heck is joel kinnaman ???? I hope this is his last fim.... what a bad actor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reimagined not a remake, give it a try, 3 Sep 2014
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Surprised I enjoyed this. I loved the original, saw it when it first came out. So when heard about remaking it it was anti robocop 2014!
But after watching it was enjoyable and I approached this as it's not a remake, but a reimagining. I oddly think could use more violence and be less kid friendly. But approaches the man and machine and corporation aspects in a new and interesting way. I wasn't sold on his black metal armour and felt the original look, looked better. But don't go into this as watching a remake of an 80s classic but a reimagining. Michael Keaton, Samuel L Jackson and Gary Oldman all on top form. Give it a go!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tin Man, 10 July 2014
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In the not too distant future, 2028, Detroit, USA. Dogged police detective Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is severely injured by a car bomb & left dying in Hospital. But their is hope for his family as conglomerate, OmniCorp, are prepared to use...help...him and save his life by turning him into a cyborg, a, Robocop. Which happens to coincide with them needing a robot that can distinguish the grey area's in law enforcement, to open the door to rolling out units in America which is currently blocked by law. However Murphy isn't going to be the compliant golden goose they'd hoped for.

While Robocop does a great job of empathizing us to Alex Murphy's predicament with one of the best scenes in the film where we see what is left of him under the armor, in an emotional hand grenade of a scene. The family side of things never felt necessary, they were just as robotic before & after, with Abbie Cornish (Limitless) as Clara Murphy shouting with no one truly taking any notice of her. The action is mostly away from the Detroit streets, they're is a lack of patrolling, interacting with the community, no connection or ridicule with his fellow officers. Generally it's flashy & well presented in mostly CGI apart from the cafe shoot out, yet doesn't really connect due to a lack of impact, as it plays things safe. But is amiable enough to inject some pace.

For a film of cops & robbers they're is no baddie that stands out to focus our hatred on or root against. Michael Keaton (Batman) as the CEO of OmniCorp comes across as a nice guy taking advice from his staff that happens to result in something bad. Patrick Garrow as Murphy's nemesis, Vallon, felt ordinary and insignificant, just like his cronies. Perhaps only Jackie Earle Haley (Human Target) as the cocky military adviser, seemed to channel some dislike ability. And the only ounce of humor in the film came briefly from Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction - over that awful rug on his head) as a corrupt hard copy/News man who is pro-robot. As actual funny man Jay Baruchel (Sorcerer's Apprentice) is literally forgotten about. Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) as Dr. Dennett Norton was solid in a role where he tried to please everyone. And Joel Kinnaman (Easy Money) as the lead was hard to gauge as the robotic cop due to the nature of the role, but didn't do much pre-transformation to show an ability to set the before & after Murphy apart.

In conclusion, Robocop nails the moral dilemma of quality of life, man V's machine moral ethics & the power of conglomerates to bend the law. But it's villains are diluted & their demise provides no real satisfying closure. Contains mild language, violence & disturbing scenes. Worth a watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gr8 film, 14 July 2014
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much better than the original.not so graphically violent,which is fine by me.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Deadpan Remake, 11 Jun 2014
This review is from: Robocop [Blu-ray] [2014] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ... film on dvd at a mates house and im glad know I didn't get to see it at the ..., 3 Aug 2014
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I wanted to see this movie at the cinema but I never got round to watching the film on dvd at a mates house and im glad know I didn't get to see it at the cinema as it would have been a waste of time and money it's like what other people have commented on the film they taken a classic and spoiled it poor script righting. If you are going to re do a classic film please film wrighters do your home work you have technology to make films even better than the originals so please please wake up
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