In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
Filming Locations: Pinewood Toronto Studios, Port Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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I'm a fan of the original 'RoboCop' movie I find it to be fun,
satirical, enjoyably violent and overall very good. Naturally, I wasn't
very thrilled when I heard it was getting a remake. I was even less
thrilled when I heard the remake will be rated PG-13. I mean how can
you make a 'RoboCop' movie without excessive violence and blood squibs?
Now that I have seen the movie, I can freely say that the PG-13 rating
is the least of this movie's problems. Initially, I didn't want to
compare the remake to the original, I wanted to view it and review it
as a stand-alone movie. Now that I have seen it, I think I'll have to
compare the two movies after all, since the remake possesses none of
the qualities that made the original such a classic, and by simple
comparison I can easily explain why the remake is an utterly flawed and
The movie opens with a political show, called the Novak Element, led by
the host Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson), during which we see a news
footage of OmniCorp droids (including the famous ED-209 and the freshly
introduced humanoid drones called ED-208) patrolling and inspecting the
streets of some Islamic state. Novak compliments the droids and then
starts attacking The Dreyfuss Act a law that forbids the deployment
of such drones in the USA. We are then introduced to Raymond Sellars
(Michael Keaton), the CEO of OmniCorp, who is trying to find ways of
tricking The Dreyfuss Act and start deploying his products in the USA.
He gets the idea of incorporating both man and machine into an ultimate
law enforcement product. We are then introduced to our protagonist
Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) who is soon heavily injured in an
explosion and is used as a guinea pig in this newest OmniCorp program.
Like I said before: the 'RoboCop' remake lacks everything that was good
in the original movie. First of all, there's no worthy satire in the
movie. Society is sometimes mocked through the character of Pat Novak,
but the satire isn't very subtle nor intelligent actually, I'd say it
is very primitive and expeditionary. Second of all, the nature of
Robocop's character is very different from the original movie; he's not
a robot, but more a man in a robotic suit, and his family plays a
fairly big role in the movie. And I would be perfectly fine with these
changes if the main actor, Joel Kinnaman, didn't have the charisma of a
paper bag and could, as a matter of fact, act (!), and if Abbie Cornish
(who plays the role of Alex Murphy's wife Clara Murphy) wasn't so
irritatingly bland. The revelation of the RoboCop suit and the suit
itself were also poorly done. In one scene, Michael Keaton's character
criticizes the suit design that appeared in the original movie by
saying something along these lines: the original suit wasn't tactical
enough. Well, at least the original suit didn't look like a black
The villains in the movie didn't get a much better treatment, either.
Among the several villains that appeared in the movie, none was
memorable or even remotely interesting. But, to be fair, not everything
sucks about the 'RoboCop' remake. Some of the acting was OK (mostly by
experienced actors like Jackson, Keaton and Oldman) and the special
effects did look really good. But what's the use of awesome special
effects when the majority of the movie's boring and tedious? Add to all
the aforementioned flaws the PG-13 rating, which destroyed the
potential of some scenes, and you'll get one weak and forgettable
movie. In the original, one of the most memorable lines goes 'I'd buy
that for a dollar'. In addition to butchering everything else, the
remake also butchered this line. In one scene, Jackie Earle Haley's
character Mattox bashes the concept of Robocop saying he 'wouldn't buy
that for a dollar'. As for myself, if I knew upon purchasing my ticket
what horrors were awaiting, I wouldn't have bought it for a dollar.
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