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Review: Robocop (2014)

Directed by: José Padilha

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Samuel L. Jackson.

Rating:   Running Time: 118 mins.

2029, and as Omnicorp – a division of Omni Consumer Products – provides humanoid drones and great lumbering artillery machines called ED209 to the military to provide security and patrol foreign territories, at home in the U.S. despite police struggling with levels of crime, a bill in the senate prevents their use on American soil. In Detroit, at Omnicorp’s headquaters, CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), comes up with an idea to sell the public on the idea, by using the technology of Dr Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman), a doctor who works with amputees using cybernetic devices to replace their lost limbs. Read the rest of this entry

Trailer: Robocop

The first trailer for director José Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoven’s original movie about a cop, killed in the line of duty and turned into a cyborg, with The Killing actor Joel Kinnaman taking over the role of Alex Murphy originally played by Peter Weller.

First Impressions: While I like some of what I see, including the casting of Samuel L Jackson, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton, i have many more reservations about some of the differences they have made to the character. It does look like they are maybe trying to focus more on the question of how much of the man is left in the machine, but it’s other aspects such as the character’s wife (played by Abbie Cornish) being involved in the decision to change him into a cyborg, and his relationship with his son. Guess we’ll find out if this and any other changes made make for an improvement when Robocop is released on 7th February 2014.