A powerful multinational conglomerate attempts to bring robotic law enforcement to the United States by transforming a critically injured police officer into a cyborg cop in this remake of the subversive 1987 sci-fi classic. The year is 2028. For a long time, cutting-edge robotics company OmniCorp has been supplying the U.S. military with drones for use overseas, though their repeated attempts to bring the technology stateside has met with fierce resistance. When devoted family man and upstanding Detroit policeman Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is grievously wounded in the line of duty, OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) attempts to innovate by recruiting top scientist Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) to transform Murphy into a prototype half-man/half-robot crime-fighter. When initial tests fail to provide the results OmniCorp had hoped for, Norton reprograms Robocop to operate strictly on software rather than human emotion. Later, Robocop finally hits the streets, and the citizens of the crime-ridden city welcome him with open arms. But as Murphy's emotions begin to interfere with his programming, he sets out to find the criminals who nearly killed him, and ensure that justice is served. Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, and Jackie Earle Haley co-star.~Jason Buchanan
Joel KinnamanAlex Murphy / Robocop
Samuel L. JacksonPat Novak
Abbie CornishClara Murphy
Michael KeatonRaymond Sellars
Marianne Jean-BaptisteChief Karen Dean
Jay BaruchelTom Pope
Michael Kenneth WilliamsJack Lewis
Jackie Earle HaleyRick Mattox
Aimee GarciaJae Kim
Jennifer EhleLiz Kline
Douglas UrbanskiMayor Durant
John Paul RuttanDavid Murphy
Patrick GarrowAntoine Vallon
Daniel KashJohn Lake
Zach GrenierSenator Hubert Dreyfus
Stewart ArnottSenate House Leader
Matt CookeGeneral Monroe
Steve CumynOhio Senator
Khaliya HoseinIranian Child
Savana HoseinIranian Child
Philip AkinDr. Alan
Paul HaywoodMan in White Coat
Raffi AltounianMan with Prosthetics Playing Guitar
Kelvin WheelerOld Sergeant
Alex Mallari Jr.Young Lieutenant
Dwayne McLeanThomas King
Ian PetersJerry's Gang
Ricardo BetancourtJerry's Gang
Evan SternWalter Karrel
Ish MorrisArmed Sentry at Decrepit House
Ambrose WongParts Room Technician
Aurora BrowneFemale Cop
Rory O'SheaCop at Armoury
Shondra KaydUniformed Cop Inside Station
Stacey UnsworthUniformed Cop Outside Station
Jeana LowesCop Who Greet Murphy
Kanu GiddingsCop Who Greet Murphy
Tamara AlmeidaCop Who Greet Murphy
Shane InvervaryCop Who Greet Murphy
Paul Sun-Hyung LeeOmnicorp Technician
Thomas MitchellOmnicorp Technician
Ian ButcherHead of Omnicorp Security
Rocky AndersonLead Omnicorp Security Agent
Dalias BlakeOmnicorp Security Agent
Barry NerlingOmnicorp Exterior Security
Dean RedmanOmnicorp Exterior Security
Demord DannOmnicorp Security
Darcy HindsOmnicorp Security
Sean FrancisOmnicorp Security Guard
David HarcourtPCP Man
Carlyn BurchellRape Victim
Jessica BookerSweet Man's Mom
Raiden EastmanHostage Child
Aaliya CinelloLittle Girl
Prince MasseyHomeless Man
John S. BartleyCinematographer
Pedro BromfmanComposer (Music Score)
Martin WhistProduction Designer
Brandt GordonSupervising Art Director
David E. ScottArt Director
Patrick BanisterArt Director
Bill CarraroExecutive Producer
Carol WongExecutive Producer
Roger BirnbaumExecutive Producer
Joe WolkoskySet Designer
John BurkeSet Designer
Michael BartonSet Designer
April FerryCostume Designer
Carol LavalleeSet Decorator
Glen GauthierSound Mixer
John J. ThomsonSound Mixer
Patrick RamsaySound Mixer
Ruth HuddlestonSound Mixer
Allan MagledVisual Effects Producer
Ana LozanoDepartment Head Makeup
Bob HallSpecial Effects Coordinator
Clay PinneySpecial Effects Coordinator
Courtney Vanderslice-LawVisual Effects Executive Producer
I came into this movie expecting to completely hate it because of my love for the original 1987 Robocop movie. Fortunately it's not a shot for shot remake and tries to make its own mark with an original story and take on the character. Granted I still dont think this remake holds a candle to the original but its a really good social commentary and an entertaining film.
The main sticking point for me was the bump down from a hard R rating the original had to the safe PG-13 rating this new one contains. I'm not saying extreme violence is needed for a good story but for a story of a crime fighting robot in a place as dangerous as Detroit you're going to depict it in a way that's not safe for children in my opinion.
The cast was also phenomenal with heavyweights like Michael Keaton, Samuel Jackson, and Gary Oldman bringing gravitas to the proceedings and really giving the movie legitimacy. I wasn't a big fan of Joel Kinnaman's portrayal of Alex Murphy. When he becomes Robocop he does just fine but pre-Robocop Alex Murphy is depicted as a very hard edge street talking cop, a far cry from the All American hero cop version of Alex Murphy from the original. I feel the original iteration of Alex Murphy worked better because it allowed for more sympathy for the character after he is brutally murdered and turned into Robocop. One thing I really liked was Abbie Cornish playing Alex's wife Clara in a much more important and fleshed out role than the original. It helped especially since I found the Alex character so lacking.
The original Robocop had very dated special effects for things like the ED-209 and such but the visceral violence was very grotesque and gritty. It's a surprise with the advancements in computer generated special effects since then that I didn't find this remake's effects more convincing than the original. There's this quality to them that makes them obviously CGI and its very distracting and pulls me out. It reminds me how the effects in 'I Am Legend' made me feel. It's worth a definite check out but whether or not its worthy of a purchase or rent is dependent on how much of a sci-fi fan you are and whether you can get past the fact this is a very different Robocop from the original.
I came into this with the gloves laced up, ready to annihilate this remake of a movie that I have loved dearly since I was a child. I came out respecting the effort put into this and actually hoping for a second installment in the future. This is by no means a great film. It lacks the biting, satire and audacity the original brought to the table. It does bring some new ideas to the table that were never really fleshed out in the original films. The first one being how did all of this effect his wife and son? We are given much more material devoted on the impact that this transformation has on his family and the implications of that. Second, the filmmakers weigh in on the ethics of bringing a human back to life as a machine. While these two topics are barely dabbled upon in Paul Verhoven's classic, this gives them quite a bit of time to be fleshed out.
The PG-13 rating is a factor here and it draws attention to the fact that many things are toned down to make this a more lucrative, "vanilla" action film. I was heavily disappointed when I found out that Murphy's iconic gun is basically a stun gun in this film. Also, the city doesn't feel run down or overrun with crime. There are a few mentions about crime rates, but we are never allowed to see how the city has devolved into a distopian, gritty, violent place like it was in the original.
I really enjoyed the performances, especially from Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton. Their presence adds a lot to the film and I'm glad they are given meaty, important roles. While Joel Kinnaman does fine as Robocop, I feel like any capable actor could have been placed in his shoes and the difference would be minimal.
My hat goes off to Jose Padilha and crew for paying respect to the past, while trying to bring a new slant to the classic story. They injected very relevant themes about the media and corporations, much like in the 1987 film, and they brought them into the new millennium. While this leans a bit more on the "been there, done that" side of things, this is a solid action film that dives a bit deeper into ideas that made this character and this universe so memorable and ingrained them into pop culture history.
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I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Differs from the original but still worth a watch
When this movie was announced, I knew it stood as much of a chance of recapturing the feel of the original as every PREDATOR or TERMINATOR movie stood to recapture the magic of those franchises. Watching the film confirmed my beliefs, but I must admit that I found myself thinking this was still entertaining and worthwhile. Detroit and its problems have been replaced by the dual problems of rampant crime and the inability of government to agree on the obvious and get things done. Gone too is an almost comically sanitary Alex Murphy. He's still a good guy, but his toughness and Detroit street sensibilities come through here; each makes the cop he becomes more believable later in the film.
I enjoyed the absolute certainty of conservative bloviater, Pat Novak (played by Samuel L. Jackson) about "robo" cops stopping crime in Detroit, even though the theme of uncertainty about combining a human mind with a cybernetic body played out in numerous ways throughout the film. This added a 21st century problem that speaks to some of our concerns about our reliance on technology.
I'd be lying if I said this film was as good as the original, but I'd also be less than truthful if I didn't say it's worth a watch.
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I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Well done reboot
I loved the Peter Weller version so much that this redo didn't appeal to me for a while. Then I decided to give it a look and was I ever so shocked to love it, too.
The director and writers found a way to take the original concept and work it into a very credible movie that stands on its own. The new look - the more detailed reveal of what a RoboCop's biological and mechanical fusion might be - was thoughtful and touching. I wasn't familiar with the lead actor but he certainly worked his role emotionally.
I liked that RoboCop didn't have to weather this alone, or become a total mech without human contact. Made me think of how humans could live intimately with a construct such as he. It was an exciting movie that didn't make me hark too much on the first one. It looked suitably techno-urban and kept the villains within credible meanness and not easily vulnerable.
Great job, worth the effort of doing a good movie over again and doing it justice.
When you try to remake a movie you in for a bumpy road. When it comes to a cult classic like RoboCop it makes it even harder. So many people like the original and don't want to see it ruined by a remake mess like some movies have. I however, don't think this one was a mess. It was an enjoyable movie and has some cool features to it. The action was pretty cool and has some great scenes in it. The plot was a little thicker than I remember the original being (it has been a while since I saw the original). I thought they modernized the story very well and made it more relatable to this generation. I like the design change that they did in the first part of the movie, but brought it home with the climax of the story. I thought they had some great actors in this movie and they all did a good job. It was a fun action movie with some heartfelt moments for the characters. I really enjoyed this RoboCop reboot and would like to see them continue it one into other movies.