Above: These new and improved SENTINELS Dont make mistakes and they've been trained not to shoot OCP executives this time as well. .
For those who dont know or havent heard of Robocop, the scenario is quite simple.... In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center 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 OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - 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..
For a start, the outfit looks a cross between Iron Man Stealth Mode and Batman goes Inspector Gadget, despite the sleek new look, the new Robocop does make a believable Murphy and does resurrect the unstoppable cop he always was when Suited up and fully charged.
Hollywood are persisting in rehashing old ideas of late and remaking them with a modern perspective. Total Recall, Terminator franchise, almost every comic book character you can think of has been done to death already, even Spiderman has already been reworked how many times now? And now Robocop. Although slightly different in detail to the original and somewhat more disturbing in surgically graphic terms, the violence in this movie by comparison is noted by more often use of tazers and other capacitating methods, rather than the splat and gush of the original.
Notable is the smooth use of Cgi within the movie, of course not forgetting the stop-animation of the SENTINELS in the classic movie, the new upgraded versions are definitely terrifying. Definitely worth a watch and a classic Robocop remake none the less 8 out of TEN STARS
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It seems like Sony Pictures is hell-bend on remaking all of the most recent sci-fi classics. Besides the current box office kind, The Amazing Spider-Man, and the upcoming Total Recall sans Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie studio is readying production on RoboCop.
A sci-fi action & thriller, director Paul Verhoeven immersed the 1987 film, as he did with the original Total Recall, with overwhelming gore and violence to serve as a satirical commentary on a very possible dystopia future. Though its too early to tell if the new director, José Padilha, the creator of the popular Brazilian police drama Elite Squad, would follow suit, the intrigue surrounding this reboot already has many top actors signed up, including Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Hugh Laurie of Dr. House fame. Additionally, Sony Pictures and its Columbia Pictures subsidiary created a fictional website for OmniCorp, the megacorporation that governed new Detroit if not the world, to enhance film’s immersive plot line. The new RoboCop should in theaters late 2013.
The year is 2028, and Detective Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) and his partner are going after Anton Vallon, a major crime boss in Detroit. When they get too close, Vallon has a bomb planted in Murphy's car. Its ensuing explosion leaves Murphy in grave condition, almost not even worth keeping alive. Enter robotics company OmniCorp, the current innovators in deterrent robots used by the military around the world.
OmniCorp's CEO, Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), has been looking for a way to circumvent the laws prohibiting the use of robots as law enforcement in American cities. His idea: Put a man inside the machine. He convinces his top robotic prosthetics developer, Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman), to create the necessary prototype. After an exhaustive search for a viable candidate, they settle on Murphy.
His wife, Clara (Abbie Cornish), is reluctant to sign off on the operation, even after learning what kind of "life" her husband is in for, but she eventually agrees. After plenty of training, combined with a lot of tweaking to his brain chemistry, he is sent out into the mean streets as the perfect law enforcement machine, but at what cost to his humanity?
This new version of "RoboCop" is an entirely different animal, and that's just fine. Gone is the biting social satire that made the original so original for its time, of which the film's ultra-violence was a big component. The only thing in this version that comes close is the Bill O'Reilly-esque TV personality Pat Novak, played with gusto by Samuel L. Jackson. The social conscience is still there, but it's more subtle and more along the lines of commentary than all out satire.
The other big difference is the heart and humanity that Padilha was hoping to inject into the story. Was he successful? Yes. If you recall, in the original, Murphy's entire memory of who he had been was wiped clean, and it was the fight between his computer self and his humanity that was the core to the story. This time around, Murphy is allowed to retain the knowledge of who he is, even allowed to have contact with his wife and son. The fight between computer and humanity is not only an internal fight for Murphy, but also one between Sellars and Norton. Norton is convinced there always needs to be some humanity, while Sellars really just wants a full-on robot on the streets, but one with enough human pieces to fit through the loopholes in the law.
The look and feel have been updated, too. Since they kept the year the same from the original, they give us a more probable version of the future we might have, knowing what we do from only 14 years out than they did being 39 years away in 1987. Most of the technology involved in the story seems totally plausible, and Detroit is more "pulling itself out of post-recession financial troubles" than "on the verge of 'Escape from New York'. While the grim and bleak outlook of the world is part of what gives the original's story its kick, it isn't needed here.
The action set pieces are well done, too. Even though Murphy has the option to use non-lethal ammunition, he can still kill when needed. Whether he's attacking Vallon's stronghold in complete darkness or fighting a bunch of updated versions of the ED-209 (the giant, "You have 15 seconds to comply" precursor to Robo in the original), the scenes are a frenzy of bullets and mayhem.
When it comes down to it, the real question of any remake is, "Will I watch this one as much as have the original?" Given the choice, I'll probably choose Peter Weller over Joel Kinnaman more often than not. Still, this is one remake I'll actually spend the energy deciding between the two more than I would most others. If there's any chance for a sequel, though, I would definitely choose a new "RoboCop 2" over the old.
“...The action set pieces are well done, too. Even though Murphy has the option to use non-lethal ammunition, he can still kill when needed.”.