It is never easy to avoid comparing a remake to the original piece. However in the case of RoboCop, even viewing this as a stand-alone movie will not stop theatergoers from denouncing it. This MGM/Columbia release falls within the “Dumping Grounds” time-frame – when studios push out their weakest – and that is where RoboCop belongs. The film frequently appears sleek through the eye of Brazilian director José Padilha, but the fundamental flaws lie in the inconsistent screenplay by Joshua Zetumar. The story is too slow paced at first, and then goes too fast once anything interesting starts to emerge. All while leaving numerous unanswered questions and underdeveloped philosophies from start to finish.
Although negative remarks cannot be made for the new Robo on the beat, Joel Kinnaman, his performance casually blended in with the supporting casts’. Which, as the lead he should have made a strong impression. It is difficult to say if this was because the supporting cast was stocked with stupendous stars (Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman), that tend to outshine anyone they stand with regardless, or if Kinnaman simply could not make the grade as a lead.
You may see some fun, though few, action scenes and have your mind provoked once, but RoboCop is a movie worth waiting to watch on Netflix.