It is the year 2014 and as creative juices run dry and original ideas become extinct we watch as yet another franchise gets a new coat and layer of varnish. I present to you : ROBOCOP 2014.
Watching the trailer prepared me for most of the decisions they had made about how they were going to proceed and thus I had time to come to terms with it. I will touch on them lightly and try not to spoil the movie for you.
I never identified with him and having his mutilation done by car bomb was a poor choice in my mind. It made the whole thing seem distant and unreal.
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Only once in the movie do they mention that Omnicorp is a division of OCP, and I'm not sure why felt the need to separate them. Copyright?
They also end up being the "bad guys" in the movie, and that feels fake and contrived. White collar criminals don't scare anyone.
They should have told his wife he was dead. Her interludes were annoying and had a jarring effect on the plotline.
They should have listened to Bob Morton when he said : "Lose the arm!" The literally disembodied hand was ridiculous.
I don't care about your career Joel Kinnaman, wear the damn visor! They tried to justify why he doesn't wear it all the time and he ended up looking like someone wearing half a biker helm.
Almost every firefight with humans was converted into a "gaming" interface with the violence watered down to thermal images falling down to the accompanying staccato of gunfire, or perps getting shot with a taser.
[Strike 2 for PG 13]
His first suit had the iconic thigh holsters, the black suit did not... which begs the question, where did he keep his guns?
He never once ran out of rounds....
His main weapon could fire live rounds and taser rounds without any visible means of switching.
His heads up display obscured things like THE ROAD RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS FACE while he was driving on a motorbike traveling at speeds in excess of 80mph, and he never crashed.
An army of Ed-209's walking through the streets of some middle east country, had less impact on me than one ED-209 ripping into an accountant with hundreds of rounds of ammunition on the top floor of OCP Head office.
In every scene with an ED-209 they were either blowing up, or being totally ignored. [Strike 3 for PG13]
I didn't hate it. I found the homage to the original by keeping the opening score a nice touch and I love the concept of a robocop. I personally think they would have been better off creating an entirely new plotline though.
The original (after the introduction) had you meeting this Robotman who slowly became more human. In this version, the man slowly becomes more robot, and yet you welcome it, cos as a human, he is dull and uninteresting.
I appreciated their attempts to sneak in his original catch phrases but every last one felt forced and often came at the most inappropriate moments.
I didn't love it. I wouldn't recommend it if you loved the original. This movie will disappoint you if go in with any expectations of seeing the same quality directing.
I am keen to see a sequel tho, providing it is not a remake of the sequel but instead a new story about Robocop, this time with a Director that cares about the story more than the wallet.
But if I had to choose... I'd rather see a Dredd sequel.
Thank you for reading this far, if you are a numbers man, I score this movie 6/10 - recommended for DVD
Green Lantern for Sector 2814 signing off.