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Yes it's true! A fan of the original Robocop can love the remake.

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Robocop 2014

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When was the last time you watched the original Robocop? Seriously ask yourself that. Then, if it's been at least 10 years go back and watch it again before you pass judgment on the new one. Aside from the violence (which viewers apparently missed) what could possibly be better about that unmistakably dated and completely ridiculous film from the 80's? Was it the stop motion animation? The bad acting? The worse dialog? Nostalgia does have its place but if you're interested in quality, new beats old hands down.
Don't be confused, the original film is not to be considered rotten but in order to correctly have an opinion one can not neglect that version's place in time; 1987 to be exact. In a time when special effects weren't so special and comedy was finding a place in just about everything Paul Verhoven's "Robocop" was a perfect fit. Today people are taking things a bit more serious. They don't accept films with graphics that look like they came from the 80's and the plot lines these days don't seem to get away with being silly anymore; well most of the time. Think about what Chris Nolan did for Batman. That series of movies pretty much changed everything.
The new Robocop is slick, is better acted, has more emotion, and has better effects than the original so what's all the negativity about? The moments where Murphy deals with his wife and son can actually be considered sad in this version. Those parts from the original were corny at best; "AT BEST" which actually means they were worse than corny. Just try going through them again without rolling your eyes; the wife in her white robe, the son watching T.J. Laser. It's terrible stuff. In this new movie you also get to experience the psychology of someone coping with the fact that they have been reduced to nothing more than a head in a jar; a detail Paul Verhoeven chose to leave out. Don't you think that's kind of important when trying to evoke emotion from a story about a man who was turned in to a machine? It's freaky isn't it? Imagine finding out that it was costing someone millions of dollars to keep you alive, and that you no longer had a life of your own but belonged to a corporation as a piece of property. These are the subjects that belong to the new film.
There were still a couple of ideas that the remake didn't let go to waste. The corrupt politics of big business were there and also the everlasting battle of man verses machine; that one always seems to pop up in the sci-fi world. In addition the Ed209 model had a purpose and there were a few inside jokes for true fans as well. Unfortunately those wacky T.V. commercials from the original didn't make the cut. Those were really great. It was funny to imagine all of those strange items one could potentially buy in the future. A family board game about nuclear fall out was particularly clever. For the remake these scenes appeared to be replaced by Sam Jackson who was and always is the same character in every film. Apparently he only gets roles when someone is required to yell at people. Honestly there was way too much of that.
Was this film amazing? Absolutely not. Is it passable as a worthy remake? Sure. People don't always need to recreate the exact film as the one that came before. The idea is to introduce and old concept to a new audience. Perhaps the targets were younger this time around. Maybe that's why it was given a PG-13 rating and all the violence was left out. At least they still gave us some decent action. Maybe someone thought it might be a good idea to keep things simple just in case a television spinoff shows up on the horizon. Who knows? Honestly it's really not that bad of a film.

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