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1. This is a "remake" of the classic 1987 film. But while the name and basic plot is the same, this is a very different movie.
2. It's set in the year 2028 where the Omnicorp company sells robot police to the U.S. military for use in countries overseas. But they are not allowed in the U.S. because Americans are paranoid about robots running law enforcement.
3. When police officer Alex Murphy gets blown up in front of his house, Omnicorp gets the idea to take what's left of him and make him a robot. This is done in the hopes that by retaining a basic human identity, Americans will accept robotic police. But Murphy's human ethics conflict with his robotic programming, and it causes problems.
4. Both versions of the movie are making social commentaries on their times. The 1987 version was a satire on 80's American consumer culture and excess. The 2014 version is more of a commentary on national security, and the boundaries of technology and humanity.
5. The 1987 version was rated R and was very violent and bloody for its time. This version does have a lot of shootouts and killing, but there is almost no blood. It is rated PG-13.
6. In the 1987 version Murphy is actually killed and resurrected, but his human memories are all wiped. In this version, Murphy isn't actually killed; leaving his humanity intact is a key plot element.
7. This version is much more philosophical than the original. It's partly an existential meditation on identity, free will, and what makes us human.
8. One of the more interesting changes is the character of Murphy's partner, Lewis. In the 1987 original, Lewis was a white woman. In this version, Lewis is a black man.
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Had a chance to go see this the other day after a fresher, more recent viewing of the remastered original on Blu-ray (my first time seeing that one since I was a kid). And I have to say I was pretty surprised by how much I liked this remake. When I first saw the trailer, I honestly thought it would turn out to be some kind of shallow action movie that would only be hindered by its PG-13 rating. But what I got was a very well-written film with sleek production values, a good dose of action, and a lot of soul in the story.
For those who might've been stuck under the proverbial "movie rock" and don't know the basic premise of RoboCop, the story follows Detroit police officer (or detective, in this remake) Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) who is so badly injured in the line of duty, that his body is donated and remade into a prototype police cyborg by the conglomerate company, OmniCorp. In becoming cyberized, the contrasting entities of both man and machine are causing Murphy to question his directives and values as both the person he was and the product he has become. But as with any corporation, there's more to this "product" than meets the eye.
Firstly, I have to say that as much as I liked the original movie growing up, after seeing it again, it shows its age. It's an '80s movie and feels every bit like one, mostly in the dialogue and characterizations, but especially the effects. And I still do like it a lot, but probably not as much. As a whole, I see it as an action movie with subtle hints of moral/ethical quandaries about the treatment of human test subjects and as an allegory to corporate corruption for the sake of profit. I get that. I like it.Read more ›
Frankly, the transformation from Murphy to Robocop was handled abysmally. Not only was his "death" not a death at all, it was reduced to being severely burned over 90% of his body with an amputation and ruined sight in one eye from a car bomb. Um, there's kind of a big difference between being killed in the most brutal way possible and being severely wounded. The most glaring oversight however was the removal of the psychological revulsion and horror to the audience of being ruthlessly and unmercifully slaughtered. That trauma from the first was absent here entirely, and a car bomb does NOT cut it. Hell, Murphy mine as well have forgotten to turn off the gas to his BBQ and lit a match. In the original, the manner of Murphy's death and the presence of the villains was absolutely vital to the plot. It lent more weight to his motivation later on to investigate it and those responsible, as well as helped define the antagonists (Boddicker remains among one of the most memorable villains in cinematic history), which in this movie were consequentially as cookie cutter and forgettable as you can possibly get.
As for the transformation itself, it was wholly implausible.
The reason Murphy's resurrection worked in the original was because Murphy was, for all intents and purposes, dead. When he awoke as Robocop, he wasn't Murphy, he was a reanimated corpse/cyborg built on his remains. He didn't come to and have to suddenly confront the weight of the ramifications of his situation all at once because he wasn't alive.Read more ›
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I loved the reworked script, although it wasnt campy like the original but still delivered enough of an original idea to make this movie a breath of fresh air in the scifi genre.Published 2 days ago by VonSands
This modern version of RoboCop is much more realistic than the older versions and the acting cast is also better. I enjoyed it very much.Published 3 days ago by Wilfredo Cruz
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