I haven't seen the original RoboCop, but was still excited to see this film. The idea of a half-man, half-robot police officer catching baddies on the streets sounds pretty cool right?
It's 2028 in Detroit and OmniCorp, a multinational corporation, is the world's leading robot defence company. Their drones are used by the military overseas; however they aren't allowed on the streets of America because politicians believe that it would lead to robots having power over humans. When a loving husband, father and principled cop, Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), is critically injured after an assassination attempt, OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) seizes this opportunity to build a part-man, part-robot police officer.
Like I said before, I haven't seen the original RoboCop so I will not make comparisons with the 1987 film. Directed by Jose Padilha, RoboCop (2014) explores issues of surveillance and police empowerment, and the ethical connotations of human, machine integration. The importance of politics and public opinion is also evident in the film, and you see this when RoboCop is a hit with the public. There are also themes of morality and ethics throughout the film particularly in the first half when Alex's wife, Clara (Abbie Cornish), agrees to give him the chance of survival via mechanical integration. The action starts when Dr. Norton (Gary Oldman), the scientist who oversees the whole RoboCop operation, tests and tweaks RoboCop to run faster, jump higher and take out the enemy quicker.
RoboCop isn't action-packed. The emotional parts of the movie are lame because there isn't really much depth, even when memories of RoboCop's wife and son supposedly brings back his humanity. There is no wow factor when RoboCop goes into combat, mostly because he doesn't do any cool things. He just shoots people. There are no fancy moves, no victims lying in a pool of blood, nothing. It's almost like watching a video game trailer.
Perhaps I'm a bit harsh, but I expected at least one element of the film to be well done. Actually, RoboCop's suit is pretty cool. But other than that, it seems like all the elements are just okay. However, I did enjoy the satirical element of the film where Samuel L. Jackson hosts a news show called The Novak Element. His monologues on pro-robot and anit-freedom propaganda adds a bit of cheekiness to the film, which I liked.
Oh, and the ending was forgettable and boring. As soon as the final scene started, I had my bag ready to go. I'm not even sure why they had it.
So, it's an okay popcorn movie. Maybe some of you will enjoy it, and it might appeal to the younger audience. But I wasn't overly impressed by it.