Jean-Paul’s Rating: 3/5 stars
Bottom Line: A not bad remake of a classic uber-violent 80’s revenge flick.
This may be a better movie than I think it is. Nostalgia may be getting in the way. The original “Robocop” was a much better story than this one. It’s not that the stories were much different, it’s more that the telling of the story was much more compelling in the original. The most glaring departure in the new film is the complete lack of black humor that made the original so memorable. But enough about comparing the two.
Or not. One place where the new “Robocop” shines over the old is with the fictional robotics company OmniCorp (OCP in the original if I remember correctly). Michael Keaton plays the genius CEO and Gary Oldman plays the head robotics scientist. The interaction between the two of them is top rate. It is really the only acting in the movie worth talking about. What they have to say is actually interesting as you have the struggle between the CEO wanting to make money with military contracts and the scientist wanting to use the robotics for more benign purposes.
There was a lot of the story that didn’t really make sense. It wasn’t clear why they had to remove as much of his body as they did except for a really cool and creepy effect. One of the main fighting scenes were completely avoidable by any criminal with even moderate intelligence. It was still a cool scene, though. I also wish they used the hulking ED-209 robots to greater effect than they did.
“Robocop” was an ok movie. It’s completely skippable, but if you have a special place in your heart for the first movie, it’s worth going to see this one if only for the enjoyment of discussing the difference between the two.