RoboCop

Movie Review

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Robocop Starring Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle HaleyJoel Kinnaman, and Abbie Cornish. Directed by Jose Padiha. Released by Sony / Columbia.

When I saw the first trailer for the RoboCop remake, I wasn’t impressed – in fact, I laughed at it. But after seeing more trailers and reading a few online reviews, I warmed up to the idea. So I decided to go see it and give a chance.

Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed.

Here’s a small list, out of the huge number, of flaws with the movie:
1. Acting was piss-poor. RoboCop’s portrayal by Joel Kinnaman was sad and very  lackluster – a definite step down from Peter Weller‘s original performance in the OG RoboCop (1987). Abbie Cornish as the sad, helpless, and sterotypical house wife was worthless. Even Samuel L. Jackson channeling Bill O’Reilly was basically a throw-away, since he served as nothing more than a narrator.
2. The very pathetic (performance and) chemistry between Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish – who in the movie are supposed to be married, but I just couldn’t believe that they were in love because neither of them showed any passion towards one another.
3. The story line was fragmented and all over the place. I kept trying to piece together what was really going on – and who is really the bad guy… OmniCorp, RoboCop, the crazy soldier, Samuel L. Jackson, the drug dealers… the wife?
4. Character development: non-existent – however the character started the movie, they ended the movie the same character, completely unchanged (except maybe physically).
5. Camera angles and Action sequences – Horrific! Way too many close ups and super, duper shaky action scenes.

Here are only the handful of good things about the movie:
1. There was only 2.5 outstanding performances in the movie: Gary Oldman as the very caring and concerned doctor, Jackie Earle Haley’s (A.K.A. “Rorschach” from Watchmen) performance as a crazy soldier, and (the .5 performance) to Michael Keaton channeling a Steve Jobs/Bill Gates character.
2. The opening sequence – as it both sets up the story and quickly provides background which has been expertly adapted and modernized for today.
3. RoboCop’s new look – love the tactical black and matching motorcycle.

Things that would have greatly improved the movie:

  •  Remove Jose Padiha as the director. Period. He has no experience with action movies (see his past work), and/or actors. Why someone would put an animation director as the director of a live-action, big-budget movie is completely ludicrous.

My final assessment: 1halfstar

Don’t waste your time with this sad remake. Watch the original RoboCop (1987), which has so much better acting, action, character development, and a cohesive story line. Though the new RoboCop provides lots of updated special effects, it completely lacks heart and soul – feeling like the emotionless drones which itself detests.

Kue has a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) from California State University, Fresno. He works as a Public Information Officer for the California Department of Public Health in addition to a contributing writer for news, business, and international blogs. He has also written, directed, and produced an award-winning film as well as authored several books on business, philosophy, and Asian folk lore.