Alex Murphy is a fair police officer. He does well with the resources he has. Still, the job isn't good enough. Crime in the city of Detroit is a major problem, along with the rest of the U.S. What's worse is some of the people who are hired to fight crime are the ones committing it. Ultimately, too many people in the system can't be trusted. Would it not be better to incorporate robots into the justice system?
This is the most important question presented by the film. Unfortunately, it's not supposed to be the heart of it. Alex Murphy becomes more of an experiment gone wrong for OmniCorp, the company behind putting drones on the streets in the international community to keep the peace.
On the positive side, no American soldiers are killed in foreign countries. These robots never get tired; they can't be bribed. If one is destroyed, simply build another one. However, these robots don't see the value of human life. They lack certain intangibles innate in human beings. They don't believe in giving a person in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong crowd a second chance.
Compared to the original version, Alex Murphy ends up in worse shape than his predecessor. It was truly amazing that he could live without most of his body intact. It took a little while to get used to watching him move in his new body. When he met his son for the first time after the accident, it became one of the most touching moments of the film.
The technology uploaded into his mind was remarkable. The GPS tracker combined with an archive of police files and videos proved to be very useful in stopping criminals throughout Detroit. The motorcycle was also a nice addition. The special effects were decent. The drones and especially the larger robots could have been improved to fit into the environments more realistically.
Michael Keaton warmed up to his character as the movie progressed. Samuel L. Jackson's hair possibly took attention away from his acting. Gary Oldman stole the show. He brought a balance to all the characters and some of the unbelievable aspects of the storyline. Without him, the film would have fallen apart.
In the end, although it may seem logical to have drones take care the crime in our cities, it's not their job. It's ours. It's our responsibility to fix what is broken in the world. We have the capacity to do it. Now, people simply need to be willing to do what is right.