In 2028, OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. While its drones have long been used by the military overseas, their use is forbidden in American law enforcement. However, OmniCorp gets a golden opportunity to crack that market when Detroit cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is critically injured in the line of duty. By transforming Murphy into a cyborg, OmniCorp executives hope to rake in billions for their shareholders, but they forget one thing: There's still a man inside the machine.
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Rated PG-13 Frenetic Gun Violence|Brief Strong Language|Intense Sequences of Action|Sensuality|Some Drug Material
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Politically messaged, massively violent movie. This remake of the corporate baddy film from the 80's didn't work for me. Yes it has all the things guys like in a movie but way too much. I am wondering what the big item on the budget was actor salaries or bullets. Plus there never was a positive family moment on screen it was all tragic when it came to the family so i did not feel any hope for the family.February 12th, 2014 · Details2 Thanks ·
I didn't hate this movie but I didn't like it either. For the most part I think the bad outweighed the good. So lets start with the bad. The dialogue was cheesy at points and the plot was predictable. I feel like there was a lot of plot holes and they did not develop the characters well enough. The action at times was confusing and just too much going on. I did not like Joel Kinnaman as Robocop, he wasn't bad but he was overshadowed big time by Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton. They also never really established the bad guys enough.
The things I did like was the pacing was good and that is what kept you entertained I felt. It made you also think about how far science and technology will advance in the future. The CGI was pretty incredible and all the stuff you want in a big budget film like explosions and crazy actions scenes were there.
There is a ton of violence in the film as well as some language, definitely not a kids film. I would wait for it to be on DVD to watch it. I think there will be a market for this movie, especially overseas.2 Thanks ·
In a Nutshell: Wow, a cop movie and not a single donut in the entire movie. (wink)
I saw this on an IMAX screen which provided rumbling so loud that you could FEEL the airplanes buzzing above your head and the robots pounding on the ground. Guys who love video games will think this movie is cool and fun. It feels like a shooter game. It even looks like a video game when you see all of the data that Robocop is seeing in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, like threats, criminal databases, etc. I laughed out loud when Robocop sees a suspect and the data reveals “Totally stoned.” Another read-out says “Violence imminent” when someone finds out who one of the bad guys is.
My youngest son wants to be a robotic engineer when he grows up (he’s 13), so he has introduced me to the amazing world of animatronics and robotics. I thought the whole idea of an organic creature INSIDE a mechanical creation was fascinating. The company says they spent $2.6 billion dollars to make him. Wow, and we thought the $6 Million Dollar Man was a big deal. (I used to love that TV show.)
I never saw the original, so I can’t compare the source material with this remake. I’d love to hear what YOU think!
Uplifting theme: I loved the scene where a patient is trying to learn how to use his new robotic fingers to play the guitar. In the movie, emotion gets in the way of controlling the robotic movement, so the patient admits to the doctor in a frustrating truth “I need emotion to play.” The themes about what makes us human and the power of free will come out loud and clear. An interesting dinner table conversation could be to discuss why humanity should be valued over computerized efficiency in today’s world of technology.
Things I liked:
• Pat Novak mentioned his web site www.NovakElement.com For kicks, I thought I’d check it out to see what’s there. It takes you to Omnicorp’s web site where you can learn about all of the cool weapons they “make”. I wish our TV shows had the cool green screen graphics that he used on his show.
• Abbie Cornish has the most perfect nose, don’t you think? I didn’t like her hair styles in the movie, but I loved her cute black striped jacket and pretty scarf.
• I liked Robocop’s mechanical abs.
• There were several scenes that showed Alex Murphy without all of the Robocop parts on his body after the accident. Without a spoiler alert, it was pretty amazing CGI. His throat was perfect, showing him swallow with perfect timing to his mouth’s movements.
• I thought they did a great job creating some hatred for the Rick Mattox character who kept calling Robocop “Tin Man.” It was a nice touch to play the Tin Man song from the original Wizard of Oz during the first test after Robocop’s surgery.
• Robocop can pick up a weapon and lift the prints off to scan his criminal database. That sure would be handy.
Things I didn’t like:
• Big corporations are always the bad guys. All of their employees are evil, greedy, and selfish.
• Quick tip: Don’t sit too close to the screen.
• Almost all of the CGI was amazing, but I thought the car bomb flames looked super fake.
• I thought it was pretty doggone convenient that Alex Murphy’s face wasn’t hurt at all in the car bomb.
• It always bugs me when Hollywood shows protestors who are intolerant religious fanatics.
• Predictable plot.
Funny lines & moments:
• Robocop doesn’t have the quit wit and playfulness that Iron Man has, but there are still some humorous moments.
• I thought the imagery was hilarious when the TV reporter at the beginning of the movie was in Tehran, talking about how safe the children were on the streets with everyone living in perfect harmony while the gigantic robot tanks rolled past on the road and innocent civilians were targeted by Droids for threat evaluation.
• “Why are Americans so robophobic?” - Pat Novak
• As the company was looking at potential candidates for their Robocop technology, they saw a picture of a military Sergeant who was touted as “masculinity incarnate” because he was such a studmuffin.
• When Norton operates on Robocop’s brain, Alex Murphy says “It tastes like peanut butter.”
• I thought it was hilarious that the company did focus group studies for market research on two groups: prisoners and kids.
• “I say we go on 3. 3.” - Rick Mattox
• “Hey Dr, what happens if I taze an exoskeleton with a little A-hole inside?” – Robocop
• “If I had a pulse, mine would be racing.” - Robocop when he sees his wife for the first time after his surgery
• “At least I know you’re the right color now.” – Alex Murphy’s black partner
• “Has the U.S. Senate become pro-crime?” - Pat Novak (Based on the decades of unscrupulous behavior of Senators, I thought that was an ironic question.)
• “Americans don’t want a machine. They want a product with a conscience.” - Raymond Sellars
• “They fear what they don’t understand.” – Pat Novak
• “Your body may be gone, but you’re still here.” - Norton (That’s what I tell myself every morning when I look in the mirror.)
• “People don’t know what they want most of the time until you show it to them.” – Raymond Sellars
• “It’s the illusion of free will.” – Raymond Sellars (That’s how I feel when chocolate is near me.)
• I thought it was interesting that Liz Kline’s character who counsels the company’s robot program was quite robotic herself. Intentional?
• “What’s bigger than a hero? A dead hero.” - Converation with Raymond Sellars
Things to look for:
• What is that center picture hanging in Raymond Sellars’ office? It looks like a red, chocolate flower. There I go again…me and chocolate…
• I wonder how much Bing paid to have their search engine featured on the computer when Robocop was gathering data.
• Nice rod-iron spindles on Alex Murphy’s stairs in his home. I wish I had them.
• Who would win a battle: Will Smith’s I-Robot or Robocop? Just wondering.
Tips for parents: Prepare for lots and lots of shooting (mostly bloodless), shattered glass, explosions, and cool weapons. Samuel L. Jackson swears a couple of times at the end during his TV show, but he gets bleeped out.1 Thank ·
The reboot of RoboCop didn't fall short on entertainment, but rather, it fell short on everything else. The main character (Joel Kinnaman) felt like a more stiff version of Paul Walker and the entire movie felt like a mashup of Darth Vader and I, Robot trying to use the tech side of Iron Man.
There's a lot of gun violence and some big explosions in this one. There are also themes of socialism and very graphic, awkwardly disturbing images of RoboCop without his machine parts. You see lungs, you see brains, you see grotesque images of burns, etc. Not for the faint of stomach.
Overall, it's not a movie I'd want to spend money on in the theater but if you want to be entertained for a couple of hours it won't be the worst movie you've ever seen. But it's definitely not going to hold up with other releases of late 2013 and upcoming releases in 2014. Wait until Netflix or Redbox.February 12th, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
This reboot of the 1987 classic is a serviceable actioner with some intense, gritty moments and an interesting premise. It lightly addresses the issue of automated security and surveillance, asking us to think about how much control we are willing to give up to machines. But at its core, this is an action movie with gun battles and raw justice. While it doesn’t get all the notes right, if you’re looking for something that has some heart and some testosterone, give RoboCop a shot... See Full ReviewJune 17th, 2014 · Details
Good movieMarch 24th, 2014 · Details
Lots of violence. Minor continuity issues. Love story needs work. Almost unbelievable. Good effects. Great sound track. Keaton looks his best after 10 years of hiding and gaunt appearances.
Not surprisingly, this remake serves up some of the mindless mayhem and gratuitous violence of the 1987 original, which has become a cult classic. But in this go-round, it's not all blood and guts. Director Jose Padilha ("Secrets of the Tribe") has also crafted a clever action thriller with timely messages about greed, corruption, and the dangers of playing God... See Full Review
great movie better than the original!
From the opening sequence with Samuel L. Jackson delivering a Glenn Beck style diatribe on the safety of America, complete with a live TV robot execution of middle-eastern suicide bombers, including a young teen boy who is merely incidental, it is clear that this is a message film written at the level of a melodrama.
It shoots everything that moves while shoving political agenda down our throats. It demonizes corporate mega-giant 1%ers as amoral, profit driven, freedom hating, inhuman monsters – equating the villainous Omnicorp without any subtlety to criminals – yet the film itself is capitalizing on a questionable market. The whole time I was watching, I couldn’t help but think about how my 14 year old son knew the movie was coming out before I did, and how much he wants to see it.
The PG-13 rating and marketing have been SO focused on a teen boy audience. Much has been said about how the violence has been sanitized from the original R rated Robocop. Sanitized, yes, but in a disturbingly consequence-free way. At one point, Robocop takes on a whole warehouse full of opponents with automatic weapons. They specifically make mention of the caliber even. Yet the moment of engagement, Robocop, and the camera view, switches to “heat vision,” which makes the whole thing look like a video game – removing the connection to the serious reality of the resulting deaths and injuries.
The lack of blood-spatter may clear the way for the rating and opens the door for teen viewing, but what does it teach about what happens when you take a gun in hand? Some have even compared the clean quality of the violence to blockbuster superhero films like Ironman. I’d counter that there is something fundamentally different in the fantasy comic-book scenarios, which usually involve explosions of buildings or lasers and aliens, and real world guns and police officers.
Important to note that I’m not categorically against gun movies. Our love affair with the shoot-out runs deep, and I enjoy an action film probably more than the average girl. But juxtaposed with irresponsible marketing and coupled with a heavy-handed soapbox message, this film just falls flat.
The Robocop reboot does redeem itself somewhat by stacking up the acting heavyweights. Given the over-the-top nature of the melodramatic script, it is amazing that Keaton and Kinnaman were able to pull off such relatable characters, but they totally do. And Gary Oldman is the highlight of the film as the conflicted doctor, torn between the prospect of scientific advancement of saving officer Murphy and his knowledge of how Robocop will be used, and what must happen to his humanity in order for him to function as necessary. I’ve loved Oldman ever since Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead, and his performances remain stellar.
As an action-adventure junkie, my final verdict on Robocop is that it is mediocre. The visuals were good. Action sequences were like video games, especially at the end. His motorcycle is awesome! Mainly, I just found it tedious how soapboxy the whole thing was. Give me mindless fun with a sub-standard plot before you preach to me about politics and get all didactic. It can be handled well, with satire or with wit – but Robocop opts for the dumptruck method of delivery. I got so sick of Samuel L. Jackson I wanted to slap him. However, if you go in prepared to overlook the posturing, you can enjoy the CG and the action.
As a mom, I give Robocop a total thumbs-down. It is deceitful to give it a PG-13 rating. On top of the violence, there is much that is just plain disturbing. In a scene where Alex Murphy asks to be shown how much of his human self is left, the CG team shows off by removing the suit, leaving a few dangling body parts, functioning lungs, exposed brain… you get the picture. My stomach did a flip, and I’m pretty solid. An opening scene shows a middle eastern child (maybe 11 years old), rushing to defend his father from a robot, is blown up in close-up. I know that they took blood spatter out to get this rating, but it is NOT deserved. I will not be allowing my children to see this film. It is violent at its core. For further parental advisory, there is moderate bad language for the rating and an intimate scene when Alex Murphy takes his wife’s shirt off. She is wearing a bra the whole time.
On premise alone Robocop makes for an engaging couple of hours. Considering governments’ embrace of drones and other autonomous technology in the military theater, the concept is even less farfetched than it was three decades ago. Undoubtedly the idea will set the stage for an interesting discussion afterward.
Sadly this conversation will occur only after you’ve seen more flying bullets than there are popcorn kernels at the concession stand... See Full Review