My son and I saw an early screening of Robocop on Monday. The movie is a remake of the original Robocop film (1987). It’s about the first part-man, part-robot police officer. The film has plenty of action, but at times it also dragged — like right after the main character became Robocop. I enjoyed the movie overall, but I thought the story could have been better. It’s definitely worth seeing if you did not see the first Robocop film back in the 80’s. Robocop (Sony Pictures) opens in theaters today. Continue reading to learn six things about Robocop.
6 Things About Robocop
OmniCorp doesn’t have the future under control
The story takes place in the near future when robots help protect the world outside of the US. The company (OmniCorp) wants to use their military drones in the US too. Unfortunately, the American public is not ready for a robotic police force. OmniCorp then decides to put a man inside their machine to make their robots more humane. The man (Alex) they select is a police officer who was essentially blown-up by a couple of crooked cops. In order to save his life, Alex is placed inside a new type of robot, Robocop, which is essentially a cyborg. Robocop is a big hit with the public, but then the human part of the robot takes over and he decides solving his murder is his top priority.
It’s a reboot
Robocop is a reboot of the 1987 series. I saw the first movie many years ago, so my memory is a little hazy. But from what I could remember, the remake has many elements of the first film. For instance, both movies involve corruption, corporate politics, a man being placed inside a robot, and the human part of Robocop over-riding it’s programming. In addition, the main character has a wife and a young son, and was practically killed in the line of duty. In a slight twist, OmniCorp is an international military contractor instead of a company that privatized the Detroit police force.
There is no love connection
In both the new and old Robocop movies, the love connection between Alex and his wife is missing. You’re suppose to believe their love is so strong that it enabled Alex’s humanity side to take over Robocop’s programming. Yet neither films did a good job establishing their love for each other. The new Robocop film, however, did try to establish their love after Alex became Robocop. But it was too little, too late for me.
Robocop is in stunning IMAX
We watched the film in IMAX. The resolution and audio were stunning. The soundtrack was very loud, but it made you feel like you were right there in the scenes.
The movie is rated pg-13
The 108-minute film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material. In my opinion, Robocop is fine for most children. However, the scenes that showed the human organs of Robocop might be a little shocking for very young kids.
Abbie Cornish is a young Nicole Kidman
Joel Kinnaman played the main character (Alex Murphy / RoboCop) in the film, but the biggest names are Gary Oldman (Dr. Dennett Norton), Michael Keaton (Raymond Sellars), and Samuel L. Jackson (Pat Novak). They all did a decent job. However, Abbie Cornish stood out for me. She played the part of Clara Murphy. I don’t think it was her acting that drew me to her, but rather her looks. Throughout the movie, I kept thinking she looks like a young Nicole Kidman. Anyways, Robocop also featured Jackie Earle Haley (Rick Mattox), Michael K. Williams (Jack Lewis), Jennifer Ehle (Liz Kline), Jay Baruchel (Tom Pope), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Chief Karen Dean), Aimee Garcia (Jae Kim), Douglas Urbanski (Mayor Durant), John Paul Ruttan (David Murphy), Patrick Garrow (Antoine Vallon), and K.C. Collins (Andre Daniels). Robocop was directed by José Padilha.