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"Robocop," Fast Paced Robo-tainment

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In the near future, OmniCorp dominates the world in robotic defense technology. But when public and political opinion makes domestic distribution illegal, OmniCorp seeks to sway public opinions, by putting a man into the machine. When Detective Alex Murphy is severely injured, while attempting to track down the man responsible for his partner's shooting, his second chance at life becomes more than anyone could have expected. Reborn with the power of a machine and the mind of a man, Murphy turns the tide on crime, as unknown enemies close in around him. Faced with few options, Murphy engages in a battle to save his city, his family, and his soul.

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José Padilha's remake of the 1987 "RoboCop," reintroduces audiences to a cybernetic hero and his struggle to regain a life subverted by the control of the all powerful corporation. Set in 2028, "RoboCop" is packed with humanoid drones, ED 209s, and pro-robot speeches propaganda. Bookmarking the RoboCop's epic journey, Samuel L. Jackson plays Pat Novak, political activist and TV personality. While Jackson's performance adds a satirical and sarcastic wit to the film, the rest of the film is a little too stiff and by the numbers. Joel Kinnaman dawns the role of Alex Murphy, alongside hero movie veterans Gary Oldman (Dr. Dennett) and Michael Keaton (Raymond Sellars). Character development is minimal and rushed. In some cases, characters are underused or are inconsistent in their behavior, making it difficult to their decisions as anything other than scripted. Overall, "RoboCop" is a paint by the numbers watercolor, mimicking the basic storyline of its progenitor, lacking the humanity, charm, and believability inherent in the original film's dialogue and performances. Despite the questionable presentation of its storyline, "RoboCop" maintains a good pace, showcasing exceptional feats of CG and Visual Effects technology and skill. Coupled with big explosions, cool vehicles, and high tech weaponry, the film contains a little for everyone and a lot for everyone who loves to watch things go boom. While many of its visual cues and storyline mimic its progenitor and don't always work as well as they once did, "RoboCop" is visually and technically impression. If anything, Samuel L. Jackson and the effects are well worth the price of admission.


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