I remember being a kid while watching the original Robocop and loving it.
Sadly, the remake of the 1987 science fiction/action movie “Robocop” lacked any real enjoyable main plot of action and revenge but rather focused more on the internal struggle of the good-cop overcoming the cold programmed killing machine that controls him.
Rotten Tomatoes user John Beifuss stated, “Padilha protracts Murphy’s existential ordeal, so that the revenge plot that motivates the action becomes secondary to Murphy’s struggle to hold onto his identity even as political, corporate and scientific interests seek to erase it.”
The recent remake was directed by Brazilian film maker Jose Padilha and was released on Feb. 12.
The film starts out with Samuel L. Jackson as some cocky political host in “The Novak Element,” some futuristic Bill O’Reilly spin off in the year 2028.
His loud opinionated voice stresses to audiences the importance of how law-enforcement developers ‘Omnicorp,’ a multinational military robotics conglomerate.Omnicorp CEO Raymond Cellers, played by Micheal Keaton, creates a marketing scheme evolving a new law enforcement product that will sway public opinion. That new marketing scheme combines both man and machine in Robocop.
While under the current U.S policy, Police officer Alex Murphy, played by Joel Kinnaman, and his partner make an attempt to arrest a weapons arms dealer known as Antoine Vallon.
Murphy, unaware that Vallon has corrupt cops working for him in the Detroit Police Department, is nearly killed in his own driveway after a car bomb is planted by Vallon. On the verge of death after nearly 80 percent of his body is severely burned and his legs and right arm have been amputated.
Omnicorp head scientist on the Robocop project, Dr. Dennett Norton, played by Gary Oldman, picks Alex as the perfect candidate for the program after consent from Murphy’s wife Clara, played by Abbie Cornish, in order to save him.
I was expecting the movie to really turn up the heat with revenge seeking action once Robocop is created.
Instead the film takes the emotional path of Murphy’s internal struggle as the main plot.
We then see Murphy and Clara slow dancing at a backyard BBQ when suddenly Murphy is awoken from a coma having been uploaded into the Robocop machine and software.
Murphy believing he is in a nightmare and rejects his condition with a wish to die but then Norton reminds him of his wife and son which encourages him to be strong. This makes him seem more weak.
The subplots behind the action lacked conviction as well as the dialogue of characters.
The movie’s main climax and inevitable plot is Murphy’s human spirit overriding the robotic system that controls him by returning to his family and solving his own homicide cover-up, neither of which are very convincing plots.