Monday, 17 February 2014

RoboCop (2014) Review


Release Date: 6th February 2014 - Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures
Metro Goldwyn-Mayer

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 118 minutes

Budget: $130,000,000

Box Office Gross: $242,688,965

Plot Summary
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 Omni-
Corp wants to bring their 
controversial technology 
to the home front, and 
they see a golden opportunity 
to do it. When Alex 
Murphy – 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.

Joel Kinnaman - Alex Murphy
Gary Oldman - Dr. Dennett Norton
Michael Keaton - Raymond Sellars
Samuel L. Jackson - Pat Novak
Abbie Cornish - Carla Murphy
Jackie Earle Harley - Rick Mattox
Michael K. Williams - Jack Lewis
Jennifer Ehle - Liz Kline
Jay Baruchel - Tom Pope
Aimee Garcia - Jae Kim
John Paul Rattan - David Murphy
Patrick Garrow - Antoine Vallon

Director - José Padilha 
Based on Characters - Edward 
Neuheimer and Michael 
Screenplay - Joshua Zetumer
Producers - Marc Abraham,
Brad Fischer and Eric Newman 
Production Designer - Martin Whist
Costume Designer - April Ferry 
Director of Photography - Lula Carvalho 
Visual Effects Supervisor - Berj Bannayan 
Film Editors - Peter McNulty and Daniel Rezende 
Theme: Robocop - Basil Pouledoris
Music - Pedro Bromfan

Years ago, I first saw the original ROBOCOP flick when I was a teen and nothing felt sublime about it except for its now outdated effects. In the classic, the film is graphically violent and it contains many themes that I consider it very adult and mature. The reboot on the other hand, shifts into less gore imagery and lightheartedness. The plot now dictates on subjects of social media, corruption, politics and business greed. In comparison, the action is complimented to be perfectly restrained and not getting as heavy. The better visual effects are beautifully rendered without needing the proper stop-motion tool. The film gets more ultilised with the better costume of the title character re-coloured in black and I do not care if the fans wanted the outfit to be silver or blue. Joel Kinnaman takes the cake as the man in the machine and good to win the role as Peter Weller did in many years back.

The few actors in the supporting leads like Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman were not taking advantage of the roles seriously and instead seemed misplaced and unwelcome in the film. I can't stop to laugh at Samuel L. Jackson playing a television host; it's too imperfect that he's so fun to watch when he's acting cheesy.

This film never shows the slightest amount of gore as seen in the original version which was far too gruesome. But here, there is plenty left to be seen in the hugely modified ROBOCOP for mature audiences. I would feel the movie is still retaining this quality and might I suggest you watch the film if sci-fi your fave genre.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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