By Joan Alperin Schwartz
The year 2028 and overseas, there's a robot on every block wiping out bad guys..
Well maybe not every block, but these super large killing machines, are playing a major part in law enforcement and this makes OmniCorp, the world's leader in robot technology, very happy.
But that's not enough for the company's head honcho, Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton). Sellars wants to bring his Robotic army to the United States, but he's having a hard time convincing the politicians that this would be the best thing for our country....Can't imagine why.
But things start to look up for him, when a Detroit cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) a loving family man with a wife Claire (Abbie Cornish) and son, is almost killed in a car explosion, set by vicious crime boss Antonie Vallon (Patrick Garrow)
Claire gives her consent to Dr. Bennett Norton (Gary Oldman) to do whatever it takes to save her husband. And that's how Alex becomes part man/part machine...aka Robo cop.
Now this is a robot that the American people can accept, because the mechanical man not only has emotions, but a great smile.
'RoboCop' directed by documentary filmmaker, Jose Padilha, is a remake of director Paul Verhoeven's classic 1987 sci-fi thriller, which was satirical, super violent and really, really good.
This 'RoboCop' is just, okay. There are several scenes which stand out, but overall the film felt flat and as I said in my video, why remake a 'classic'.
The leads and the rest of the cast including, Jackie Earle Haley, who plays Mattox, a very angry, creepy dude, who trains Murphy after his transformation, Jennifer Ehle, OmniCorp's legal counsel and Jay Baruchel are all fine, although...
Samuel Jackson, as Pat Novak, a right wing Bill O'Reily type televison personality, is one of the most annoying character I've seen on screen in a long time.
I gave 'RoboCop' which opens on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentine's Day, 2 ½ bagels out of 5.
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