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This review is from: RoboCop (2014) (Amazon Instant Video)
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.