Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 118 minutes
Director: José Padilha
Robocop (2014) is a reboot of the classic, 1987 movie (of the same name). This modernized remake stars Joel Kinnaman as officer Alex Murphy and takes place in Detroit, MI, a city dominated by crime. Officer Murphy is severely injured during an attempt on his life by a wanted street criminal. The only potential for a semblance of his old life is by those at the powerful technologically advanced OmniCorp, run by Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton). While his brain, memories, and at least initially, his conscious remains, motor functions are completed by his now robotic body (most of his human body was either destroyed or not useful), along with an intermittently symbiotic relationship with software Omni Corp installed in him. The battle between what it means to be human; between utilizing robotics to “keep the peace” versus the truly irreplaceable human capability to compromise and assess a situation is at the core of this film’s essence.
The film takes the themes of the original film seriously: identity, robotics, technology versus human judgement, crime, corruption, and more. They even gave us a remixed version of the original music. There’s a quick moment where they kind of take shots at the fanboys who were up-in-arms against the movie before seeing it saying, “People don’t know what they like until they see it.”
It is important for those reading this to judge for themselves. For those on the fence I’ll say this: while there were periods of scene transitions that were muted and at times too slow for my taste, overall this was a quality remake, very conscious of remaining true to the Robocop spirit which is still pertinent almost 30 years after the original release. Kudos to Kinnaman who does the film justice and brings viewers with him through this life altering change and process of finding his humanity again, certainly powered in part by his wife Clara (Abbie Cornish) and son David (John Paul Ruttan). Michael Keaton gave us the Steve Jobs of the future, OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellars, and Samuel L. Jackson portraying the host, Pat Novak, of what would be FOX News. All performing well. A serious and interesting movie certainly to be enjoyed. Expect a bit more drama than the original. I’d rate this a 3.5 out of five.
Here’s a trailer:
The official release is Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Go see it and once viewed, return here so we can discuss!
Sources: imdb.com, traileraddict.com, youtube.com