Flash Movie Review: RoboCop

Does one’s love diminish by the amount of hair left on someone’s hairbrush? Does the amount of poundage on your significant other directly relate to the intensity of your love for them? The higher the number the less love you have to give? I have said before I believe our bodies are only being rented; what is inside of them is what counts, at least for me. It always amuses me when I hear someone say they do not like facial hair or redheads. Taking it one step further, I find it perplexing when someone makes a judgement based on a person’s ethnicity, race or even where they were born. What does that have to do with love? You will have to excuse me but I find individuals who lose their love and leave their mate due to illness utterly despicable. The essence of an individual remains the same as the body evolves through the years; those are my feelings. In this updated version of the 1987 science fiction film, you can see how love is stronger than any one body. After a suspicious explosion Detroit police officer Alex Murphy, played by Joel Kinnaman (Safe House, The Killing), had only one chance available if he was to survive. That decision fell to his wife Clara, played by Abbie Cornish (Limitless, Bright Star), who gave her consent to the corporation that would provide her husband with a robotic body, giving birth to a new crime fighter for the city: RoboCop. The only comparison I will make to the original movie is an obvious one; the special effects were better in this action crime film. I thought Gary Oldman (Lawless, Harry Potter franchise) as Dr. Dennett Norton and Michael Keaton (Jackie Brown, White Noise) as Raymond Sellars were the best of the cast. One of the issues I had was Joel Kinnaman; he did not have a powerful screen presence, coming across stiffly and I do not think it was due to his suit. The story had a satirical streak with the addition of Samuel L. Jackson’s (Django Unchained, Oldboy) character, talk show host Pat Novak. Along with a couple of twists in the story it pretty much was a standard good against evil plot. When this movie ended I did think about the advancements being made today in the medical field and wonder what will the effect be on humanity in the future. Will love wane based on the amount of mechanical parts a person has inside of them?


2 1/2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 18, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I’m seeing mostly average to below average reviews of this. Kind of expected but still a bit of a bummer. Do you think Joel was mis-cast?

  2. Well, the trailer looks good…

    I suppose, even if it wasn’t the best execution, if it made you think…that’s a good thing.

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing this one. I was a fan of the original in 1987 but it is almost painful to watch by today’s standards. I also don’t hate the idea of remakes or reimaginings the way some people do because I believe almost any movie or television series could be made better. Look at Batman for example? Who was the best Bruce Wayne? Who was the best Batman? Who was the best Joker? Who was the best director or writer? There are so many parts to the machine that when a remake to an old favorite comes along, I just have to see it.

    • I totally get that and can appreciate a remake when it is better or redone in a whole new way that makes one think. However, when a remake turns out poorly I have to wonder why they bothered making it. Let me know how you liked this film, thank you.

      • I know what you mean. The remake of Evil Dead was the first thing that came to mind for me. I watched the orginal and enjoyed it but the remake failed to bring anything new to the table. Two remakes that I can think of that I enjoyed more than the original right now are (Judge) Dredd and Ocean’s Eleven. Oh and the reboot of the Hulk. The Edward Norton Incredible Hulk was much better than the Eric Bana Hulk.

      • Yes, I do not know what is up with the recent remakes coming out. So far I have not been impressed. Thanks as always for your comments.

  4. enjoyed this post – esp. this line “I have said before I believe our bodies are only being rented; what is inside of them is what counts, at least for me.”

    also, was just in Florida and while at the pool one day, there were a few guys doing laps -who had mechanical hips and they were sharing about it…. and well, after reading his post I also wonder how technology will impact “humanity in the future”

    • Wow, thanks so much for coming by to leave your comments and share the interesting story at the pool. Where $6 Million Dollar Man was a fantasy back when it came out on TV, it seems to be turning into a real and viable way of life.

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