RoboCop (2013)

Review: RoboCop (2013)

17 Feb 14


Hollywood had some serious balls to remake Paul Verhoven's 1987 cult classic, Robocop. Then again, in an age of reboots and remakes, It's not unexpected. Many fans of the original were ready to hate this. fortunately, this flawed Robocop reboot is sleek, stylish with a surprising amount of substance. The satire and bloody ultraviolence are gone, bringing in wider young teenage audiences not old enough to watch R18 movies. Despite being more serious & less clever than the original, It still manages to make some improvements over the 1987 version. In this version, the character Alex Murphy has greater depth. We get to know his back story and his family. All we really know about Murphy in the original is that he's a cop brutally shot down by a bunch of criminals. I don't want to compare the remake too much to the Paul Verhoven film, but I don't like the car bomb. His gruesome death from the first movie just seemed more gritty and personal. The cast is fantastic. Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy was pretty good. Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley and Samuel L. Jackson are great in their supporting roles. Disappointingly toning down the swearing and violence, pandering to younger PG-13 audiences. Paul Verhoven's 1987 masterpiece is far superior, but Robocop delivers solid entertainment, offering spectacular visuals and thrilling action. I'll buy that for a dollar!