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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sheep Movie Review: RoboCop

Directed by: Jose Padilha
Staring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson 

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. 

Let's face it, reboot films are hard to make. No scratch that, they are easy to make but hard to make better the second time around. Sometimes, you can't just throw a ton of money at film and watch it take off into this amazing cinematic form of being. You just can't. But RoboCop comes close to trying and for effort alone, I enjoyed this film. 

Some amazing action visuals had me in awe and hanging on for the high-octane cycle ride. It helps that the new Robo suit was not only badass looking but loaded for bear. When the doctors take off all that metal armor ....just wow. Did not see that coming! 

While the family aspect of this story felt rushed and under played, I did like the dynamic the writers tried to portray. But honestly how was the new RoboDad going to ever come home? He's hooked up to so many high tech gadgets that it was never going to happen. 
But big business is the forefront of this film and making the perfect weapon makes me glad we aren't to this level yet.

Would I want my husband living as a robot for the rest of his life? I don't know, and I'm glad it's not a decision I have to make. Not in this lifetime anyway. 

I would have loved more family building dialog to this film. More in-depth love and affection for the wife and kid, before we jump into the action bang-bang parts. This man is a dad and I assume a pretty rad one, but you don't get to see that and you certainly don't feel as invested when the awful happens. Same goes for the cop partner buddy relationship. Rushed on both fronts.

For the visually striking action sequences, I'd recommend this one. It's in your face and filled with unexpected comedic relief when the politics get nasty. 

Getting 4 'Red asset' Sheep 

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't sure about this one because just how many times can they make Robocop and have it come out differently. I didn't want another been there seen that type of movie. Thanks for the review, I might watch it once it's out on tv.