RoboCop Review

I’m a huge fan of the 1987 classic and when I heard that they were going to a reboot, I was very excited. However when movie stills started to surface online and even images of the new black suit, I really got skeptical. I was not looking forward to it much until the first trailer of the movie hit.

This might actually work. This new bad ass version of RoboCop! Well does Jose Padilha pull it off? Let’s find out.

The Plot

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 to build 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;Gary Oldman;Aimee Garcia

The Verdict

Lot’s of credit has to be given for this reboot because it is an actual reboot. They’ve kept the essence of the film, in that cop dies in the line of duty and becomes cyborg to take down crime. However the telling of the story is totally different. There is more than just the element of merging technology with man but there’s a strong political element.

Let me put it to you this way. If you create a man in a machine to serve the public, what happens when the man side of the machine starts to ask questions about his manufacturing or even when he starts asking questions about the political state of union. After all, there is crime in politics and if his mandate is to solve crime then there should be no limits to political crime.

The action is awesome, we get to see RoboCop in a more bad ass light and in some instances it’s like a computer game come true. Gary Oldman’s Dr Norton is probably the most important character in the film, the glue of the entire plot I would say. This is a very different RoboCop and one I think fit for a modern day storytelling.

Fans of the classic silver suit need not worry. A newer slicker version of it does make an appearance and if you watch closely enough, you’d see that classic suit make a quick cameo. As for the black, let’s just say it’s one of a few different versions of his suit and everything is quite nicely explained plus with the red visor, it really looks very cool on screen.

Joel Kinnaman

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Fans of the 1987 will be pleased with a familiar tune that comes on in the opening titles

RoboCop opens in cinemas 30 Jan 2014

Images courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore

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