estrangedtwat Posted February 20, 2014 Share Posted February 20, 2014 I was surprised to see that a low quality camera bootleg of the new Robocop was already online, so I figured, what the heck? I checked it out.I'm glad I didn't spend any money on it!It just lacks ALL the satire, black humor, and even HEART of the original. It's simply a by the numbers CGI-fest action movie. Tons of boring, repetitive LOUD shoot out scenes that look no different from any CBS cop show, cause in addition to sucking all the humor of the original out, it's been neutered and de-clawed as well, cause there's no real violence. It was kept sanitized and PG-13 for maximum profits.It starts off on the wrong foot when it introduces Omnicorp (not OCP like in the original) and their just a normal, regular, big company. Sure, they're greedy, but they're not EVIL. OCP was evil. OCP was greedy. OCP was lazy and incompetent and put out shoddy products and didn't care. OCP was a commentary on the corporations that basically ruined America during the Reagan years. And all of that is gone. I couldn't even tell who the "bad guys" were supposed to be in the movie! In the original, you had these broad caricatures....Red Foreman from That 70s Show was a BAD dude. Nobody in this movie was bad. It was boring!The only good thing about it were some scenes that show Murphy realizing he was a robot now and that his humanity was gone. Good effects and emotionally interesting. The rest of it, like the drama of him trying to reunite with his family, felt forced and ridiculous.And there was a big CGI battle at the end with big CGI robots that have NONE of the personality and appeal of the original ED 209. There's no way to get invested in any of the characters or plot cause nothing was at stake.This is a free library rental or download at best. This is what happens when a marketing committee gets their hands on a a beloved movie and guts it. Everything about it was just so phony and formulaic....absolute studio movie garbage full of cliches and attempts to "reach a broad audience" and not offend anyone. It feels so wrong to hear the character's name and even the classic Robocop theme song associated with this version....they really should have at least changed his name and really shouldn't have touched the original theme.Classic movies are classic for a reason. A combination of script, actors, directors, effects...when it all comes together it's like capturing lightning in a bottle. Imagine Back to the Future without Michael J Fox.....it simply can't be done!! But knowing Hollywood, they'll have a remake with Jonah Hill any day now.The 1987 Robocop had a great script and was super tongue-in-cheek and had brilliant direction and performances. It was FUN. This movie doesn't have an ounce of fun or humor. It tries to play it "straight" and falls flat. Maybe I just love the original too much, but man, there was so little to like about the remake. I guess if there's absolutely nothing else on, and you have two hours to kill, you COULD watch it...but don't say I didn't warn you! 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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