RoboCop

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While it's far better than it could have been, José Padilha's RoboCop remake fails to offer a significant improvement over the original.

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In 2028, OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. While its drones have long been used by the military overseas, their use is forbidden in American law enforcement. However, OmniCorp gets a golden opportunity to crack that market when Detroit cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is critically injured in the line of duty. By transforming Murphy into a cyborg, OmniCorp executives hope to rake in billions for their shareholders, but they forget one thing: There's still a man inside the machine.

Cast & Crew

Joel Kinnaman
Alex Murphy, RoboCop
Gary Oldman
Dr. Dennett Norton
Michael Keaton
Raymond Sellars
Abbie Cornish
Clara Murphy
Michael Kenneth Williams
Officer Jack Lewis
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Police Chief Karen Dean
José Padilha
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Joshua Zetumer
Screenwriter
Bill Carraro
Executive Producer
Roger Birnbaum
Executive Producer
Lula Carvalho
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Martin Whist
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Peter McNulty
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Critic Reviews for RoboCop

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  • Surveying the peculiar array of 1980s retreads clustered into release this week, I'm reminded of Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II, traveling forward in time 30 years to discover that everything is still the same, only worse.

    February 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The Brazilian director José Padilha may be working for a Hollywood studio but he doesn't temper his critique of American imperialism, big business and political corruption.

    February 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Padilha is Brazilian, and it's interesting that both RoboCops have been made by men whose non-Hollywood work focused on their respective countries' curdled politics.

    February 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This Robo-reboot tries fiercely to update the satirical punch and stylistic perversity Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original. It's a futile gesture.

    February 14, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Cynical, boring, PG-13 retread.

    February 13, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Neither Alex Murphy's internal moral conflict nor the larger, vaguely satiric portrait of a global culture dependent on high-tech law enforcement seem to be the main point of this Robocop remake, which raises the question of what is meant to be the point.

    February 13, 2014 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

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  • Jun 26, 2016
    lacking the horror and fun of the originals, however worth a single viewing if only for the shooty bits. some decent acting in it too from the lead as well as samuel l. jackson & old batman.
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  • Apr 25, 2016
    This remake and reboot of the Paul Verhoeven 1987 film "RoboCop" does not compare to the original. It expands and adds ideas that weren't explored in the original and maybe that would seem like a good idea, but ultimately it's not. Murphy's memories were erased in the original but in this one he is able to keep them until he has an emotional breakdown and is then erased. He then goes rogue and tries to solve his own murder. The doctor is portrayed as having a larger role in his development. And the president of Omnicorp just seems like he's not working in the public interest but working for the almighty American dollar. Samuel L. Jackson plays what I guess is a cable news pundit and I feel that's extremely unnecessary. Like most reboots or remakes, there isn't much that would satisfy fans of the original film, I doubt they are fans of the sequels. It doesn't have the bite or satire of the original.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2016
    The question of the necessity of a reboot aside, this isn't a bad attempt. The cast is great, the pace really fast and the effects pretty decent. The action is not particularly spectacular, and the bad guys die surprisingly bloodless, but the film is neither more shallow nor dumber than the original. Only the final scene leaves a bit of a stale taste in your mouth.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2015
    In the olden days nobody gave too much of a hoot for sci-fi and so you had cheesy movies with 3 or 4 no-name actors carrying the whole thing, reciting the whole script. Nowadays, sci-fi is big money and so you have the opposite, and in this film you've got it in spades: practically the entire cast is a name talent, meaning everybody gets a line or two, but that's all, "don't be so greedy". This in service of a story with the money and tech to be really big, but because of the diffusion of talent, ya get diffusion of intent, diffusion of purpose and so an "ehh" where you should've got a "rrrrah!" Nonetheless, Jackie Earle Haley nearly walks away with the whole thing.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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