“RoboCop” 2014 is a remake of the 1987 sci-fi film. Its cast includes Joel Kinnaman (Alex Murphy/RoboCop), Garry Oldman (Dr. Dennett Norton), Michael Keaton (Raymond Sellars), Abbie Comish (Clara Murphy), Jackie Earle Haley (Rick Maddox) and Samuel Jackson (Pat Novak). Read on for the “RoboCop” 2014 movie review.
The film is set in a not-so-distant future of 2028, where robots are invented and developed to prevent crimes and protect humans. These robots, along with the military and other peacekeepers, are deployed in areas where peace and order are highly at risk.
Sellars, who is the CEO of OmniCorp, argues why these drones cannot be utilized in America. Senator Albert Dryfuss (played by Zach Grenier) emphasizes to Sellars that his robots do not have a human touch—feelings. He sets an example such as how a robot will feel if it kills a child. The negotiations went on until Dr. Norton developed a human-implanted robot (literally!) in the likes of RoboCop.
RoboCop is former Detroit police officer Alex Murphy, who was badly injured. He was turned into a cyborg with the promise of a better life. In the process, RoboCop tries to solve his own case and reveals anomalies.
Although 63% of those who have seen this film have positive reviews about it in Rotten Tomatoes, it only got a 49% in the Tomatometer.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave this film two stars out of four.
“This Robo-reboot tries fiercely to update the satirical punch and stylistic perversity Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original. It’s a futile gesture,” explained Travers in the Rotten Tomatoes Web site.
Betsy Sharkey of Los Angeles Times claimed in her review that most of this movie’s thrill is gone.
“The re-imagined crime, action, sci-fi thriller isn’t going for the biting satire of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, or its extreme violence. The sci-fi side hasn’t evolved much,” said Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times report.
On a brighter note, some of the top critics have nice things to say about the remake.
Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave this film a B-. According to him, “RoboCop” 2014 has lots of energized mayhem.
Moreover, Eliana Dockterman of TIME magazine described RoboCop as more of a political satire than an action movie, but not necessarily a bad one.
And that’s the “RoboCop” 2014 movie review. “RoboCop” 2014 is directed by Jose Padilha. It was released in the U.S. on Feb. 12, 2014. It is still being shown in theatres as of this writing and is currently on the fourth spot on the Box Office Top Ten, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).