192 of 246 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: RoboCop [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I think this movie has had too much negativity for all the wrong reasons, im a massive fan of the original and this new version is just as awesome in my eyes for so many different reasons, the story is stronger this time round with a bit more depth into his human side and its interesting that we are introduced into a more technical future with robots and Ed-209 units already patrolling our countries! the suit is very cool and really works well with the new story, the black version is very military as why they did it but I think they knew that the silver works best by the end as you will see if you have not already watched it, the effects are great, lots of action, there is not any bloody violence but its really not needed in this version, take the violence out of the original does it make it any less an awesome film? NO, there are plenty of cool nods to the original there and even the same theme tune which really puts a smile on your face, the cast was great, Sam Jackson and Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton are all superb, this is good fun sci-fi and it does not taint the original at all you can live with the best of both, its certainly miles better than any sequel or spin off in past years, don't listen to haters go ahead and watch it!!! Role on the new Robocop 2!!!
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-10 of 26 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Feb 14, 2014 12:50:02 PM PST
B. F. Billman says:
I agree, probably one of the only quality remakes next to the 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' ! This is a fantastic movie, it really is.
Posted on Apr 19, 2014 6:07:26 AM PDT
Thank you for giving me hope that the Blue/silver returns. When I watched the trailer, and Keaton says, "Let's make him more tactical. How about black?", I really got turned off, and did not go to the theater to see it. For the average person, they would say, "Whatever, doesn't bother me.", but for the diehard fan of the originals, it WAS a big deal. It seemed like the blue/silver was only in the movie at the beginning, as a sort of an afterthought offering to satisfy the fans, only to be taken away. Robocop is not supposed to be black. Not everything or every character has to be turned black, like Pegasus from Clash Of the Titans. Mythology has always shown Pegasus to be white. Everybody knows that the Challenger from "Vanishing Point" is white. The Trans Am from "Smokey and the Bandit" is black. Hell Boy is red. The Hulk is green, even if he was previously grey. Superman wears red and blue. Iron Man is red and gold. The reason for changing the color does not any make sense, if you want everyone to be happy. Newcomers to Robocop would don't know Robocop, so they would not miss the black and would be just as happy if he was the silver-ish blue. Fans however, know how Robo is supposed to look, so why alienate the fan base? Hollywood never learns. I love the Honey Mooners. I grew up watching all the reruns on our local network WFLX 29, in the eighties. When the cast was filled with all black actors, I was turned off, and the African community obviously weren't fans enough to flock to the theaters, as the movie bombed. I myself, just didn't connect with the characters and the approach of life situations from the African American perspective. There were funny moments, but only enough to provoke a chuckle instead of hysterical laughter and one could tell the actors were trying too hard to sell something ill-fitting. The creators of the Honey Mooners movie, doing what they did, was the equivalent of making a movie version of "Sanford and Son" or "Chico and the man", and filling the cast with white actors or any other ethnicity for that matter. Robocop in black with the red eye slit looks like a Human version of K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. Again, thank you very much for letting us all know that Robo's original color comes back at the end, so I can look forward to seeing the sequel in the theater.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2014 9:30:09 AM PDT
You guys can talk all you want. This film was terrible. End of story.
Posted on Apr 24, 2014 9:10:28 AM PDT
C. K. Broyles says:
I'm okay with today's "action" replacing the gore of the original (as awesome as it was), but the things that irk me about this remake are more subtle (and part of what made the original so amazing). In the original, there was none of this "his soul is reprogramming the machine" nonsense. It was the human BRAIN that was fighting for identity. In this one, the big evil corporation is the villain, while in the original the big evil corporation had already won, and it was an exec who was the villain. The dystopian view of the future in the original drove the point home that we are just cogs in the machine and the machine was already firmly in place, so much so that it didn't even need addressing.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014 4:39:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2014 4:40:09 PM PDT
J. L. says:
And you had to come here to ruin the fun for those who enjoyed the movie, right? As if your comment 's changing anybody's mind about the movie.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2014 7:45:13 AM PDT
Alric the Red says:
You can gripe all you want, but the fact of the matter is, it was a damned fine movie, and only those people with a knee-jerk reaction to remakes hated it.
Posted on May 12, 2014 4:25:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2014 3:34:35 PM PDT
P. Mai says:
The movie was completely unnecessary and the fact that they decided on a pg-13 rating made it lose a lot of impact by taming down the violence and language that you would normally find in a movie like this. Hopefully, there's an unrated version like there was with the Wolverine. The story is somewhat the same except Murphy's death is impersonal, so there's also a lack of a truly evil protagonist such as Clarence Boddinger or even a memorable one such as Dick Jones. The action was also forgettable whether it's cgi characters fighting or lack of blood in gunfights. It's like watching softcore porn, completely useless and forgettable unless you're under 13 and easily impressed. The original also had lots of hidden messages and hilarious satirical commercials which is lacking in this remake. Also, there's no way this movie deserves 5 stars or even 4. What a joke. I recommend rent it at Redbox or Netflix and buy the original.
In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2014 12:08:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2014 12:09:31 PM PDT
Alric the Red says:
No movie is "necessary." It's entertainment. And, as ENTERTAINMENT, it worked.
And I already have the original, but I plan on buying this one as well.
In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2014 9:40:08 PM PDT
Snake Pisken says:
they rated this film PG-13 ? no way WTH they do that to a ultra violent film ( at that time ) I have the uncut original an You see them shooting His arm off . This film deserves a R rated , I agree with You , I didnt see it in the movies , but Clarence Boddinger was a rotten killer . What made the original work was the quirky humor along with blow um shoot um up action . I didnt expect a remake to the dime , but a faster sort of a Ironman suit that can shoot mini missles an do much more that the 88' version wasnt able to do .
Posted on Jun 2, 2014 6:25:10 PM PDT
Joseph Sheldahl says:
First and foremost, it's devoid of the sharp wit and humor of the original. The extent of it's humor is restricted to a few in-jokes that only fans of the original could possibly get. Being one of those fans, I felt bad for chuckling at some of those jokes. They're not funny. Secondly, the pacing is all wrong. The movie feels insanely short and it's almost a full 2 hours long. This is because the movie takes a whole hour just to get RoboCop on his feet so to speak.
"I'll buy that for a dollar!"
The lack of uber-violence and gore is an issue. This movie feels too safe, too clean. Of all the criminals RoboCop busts... he takes down a street corner drug pusher in five seconds, and then speeds away to take down an entire drug lab, which he does... in about 20 seconds, and I don't think he even got off his motorcycle. What happened to mass murderers? Rapists? Thieves? Hostage takers? RoboCop's window of actual crime fighting is so small, you could blink and miss it pretty much. That's part of why it was a mistake to take so long getting him on the streets. Secondly, we're told throughout the movie how detroit is one of America's worst cities when it comes to crime. Yet... it looks nicer in this movie than I'm sure it does in real life. The crimes seem petty. There seems to hardly be a need for a robot cop. Let alone fleets of robotic cops.
"Old Detroit has a cancer...
He's not a broken man searching for his humanity like in the original. Apparently he still has it. He's always had it.
They didn't actually -kill- murphy, which stripped the movie of the wonderful man or machine question that the original had.
He's still a man here. Sure, a man who's 90% prosthetic, but he's still a man. The remake loses something in the translation.
"He's OCP property"
I understand that the makers wanted to tell a more human story and explore Alex Murphy's transition from man into machine. And I've seen people complain about this because "it's not like the original", but that's not why I'm saying it doesn't work. I'm saying it doesn't work because in a way it robs the character of the tragedy that made him work so well in the original. The original movie is sad. It's a tragedy. Alex Murphy for all intents and purposes was a dead man in a robot shell who had the chance to solve his own murder. There's a hauntingly sad scene in the original where after becoming RoboCop, he goes back to his old house only to find it empty, and for sale. It's such an emotional scene. One far more powerful than anything this movie cooked up.
Thus, the proceedings don't have the same weight as they did in the original. In the original Alex Murphy died. Was declared dead. Lost his family. Was turned into RoboCop. Avenges his death. Accepts his situation. Finds his humanity. Great character arc. In this one, he gets mortally wounded. His wife signs release forms. He's turned into RoboCop. Kinda still deals with his family here and there, stops some bad guys... and then avenges his death. It's a weird character arc. I'm not fond of it. There's no guts to it. Despite adding lots of emotions and family to the movie, it backfires and robs the movie of certain feelings essential to RoboCop. In the original, when he shoots the main villain at the end, and someone asks him "What's your name?", he spins his gun, holsters it, and replies "Murphy." The music flairs up, the credits roll, and you have to resist the urge to cheer. Not only did he get the bad guy, he's himself again. Despite being buried inside a machine, he's still human. There's no moment like that in this movie. There's no moment that makes you want to cheer because the movie didn't lay the ground work properly.
Now someone tell me how I'm an ignorant hater and that the only reason I didn't care for this movie is because I have a "knee jerk" reaction to remakes.