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"ROBOCOP" (in 3D) from Sony Pictures opens today, Wed., Feb. 12, 2014.

STARRING: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley.

DIRECTOR: Jose Padilha ("Elite Squad", "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within").

SYNOPSIS: When Alex Murphy (Kinnaman), a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit, is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a Robocop in every city and even more billions for their share-holders. However, they failed to account for one thing: there's still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.

As a fan of violent action films, it's hard to dismiss an entire franchise and a chance of another in the making. Well, not that hard. The original 1987 film directed by Paul Verhoeven wasn't that great and each of its sequels got progressively more ridiculous. Now they're starting over with a better cast and it still hasn't gotten better. The problem could be that good cop do-goody-good intellect that goes with the man in the machine.

It would seem that the sort of violent event that injured this man in the line of duty would distort his sense of priorities. In other words, what if RoboCop was angry, totally vindictive and capable of complete and utter revenge? What if his sense of values was so distorted that he tried to take over OmniCorp and form an army of RoboCops? Is that too Terminator-ish? Possibly but it would be more realistic than this.

Still, there are some fine action scenes and it's not a bad way to spend 108 minutes. It beats the array of rom-coms opening on Friday.


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