Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Movie Review: RoboCop (2014)
directed by Jose Padilha
starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, and many more.
It's been quite some time since I saw the original RoboCop movie. What I remember most about it was the violence. With this new re-make of the film I kept a fairly open mind about what to expect and it didn't disappoint. In fact I liked it a smidge more than the original just because I remember feeling like the original was SO violent.
RoboCop is sleek and modern. There's something about the new black armor that reminds me of Batman, what with him riding the motorcycle and Gary Oldman being there... throw in some Michael Keaton and the whole Batman vibe really takes off.
I think the overall acting and story is great in this film. The basic plot is that this good cop, Alex Murphy, is trying to take down this one bad guy and he nearly gets killed. Giving him a second chance at life and in order to turn a profit in America, this corporation, OmniCorp, turns him into a robot cop: RoboCop. RoboCop is determined to solve the case of his own attempted murder which becomes difficult as it becomes more obvious that the corporation that pieced him together is manipulating things for their own benefit.
There's one point where the story felt a bit awkward which is during the almost-a-sex-scene scene. I know the purpose of that scene is to establish the connection between Alex and his wife but it was so personal, so quickly that the timing of it just seemed slightly off but it's an important moment as it helps connect the rest of the film. It adds a personal touch to all of the fighting and shooting and killing.
Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson were fantastic. Samuel L. Jackson was so believable as a news reporter with his partisan politics. He was very blind in his pro-robot propaganda but he was really funny. I think the guy who played RoboCop, Joel Kinnaman, did a great job, too.
RoboCop is great because it reflects the perseverance, will-power, strength, and heart of the human spirit. They kept trying to make the man more of a machine in the film but he kept fighting back. He practically died three times but he kept coming back!
I'd give this film 4.5 stars out of 5. It was really good. So were the movie trailers before the beginning of the film. All except that oddly placed romantic dance film. o.O