Film Review: Robocop 2014

Robocop 2014
Robocop 2014 is a remake of the 1987 film, where Peter Weller played the title role. It was directed by Paul Verhoeven

This new take on the tale is directed by José Padilha. With Joel Kinnaman’s turn to play the cyborg cop.

There are quite a few differences in the story but a fair bit has stayed the same too. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is nearly killed by a car bomb, planted to take him out. He was closing in on the corrupt network of police officers dealing with a local gun merchant Antoine Vallon.

Dr Dennett Norton selects Alex to become the cyborg Robocop, after the first few selections were unsatisfactory. Norton has been asked by Raymond Sellars head of Omnicorp to make a cyborg, as he cannot yet put a complete robot model on American soil. An act being upheld by the Senate denying fully AI robots for deployment.

After a few possible are selected they are not ‘desirable’ enough for Sellars to proceed. Interim Alex’s planted car bomb goes off, he is badly injured and might die. He gets the attention of Dr Norton who thinks he is a good match for the cyborg program.

His wife must agree to the procedure or watch him die. So she accepts the operation. The only things left of Alex is his hand, lungs and head. One eye has a computer chip. As he’s mostly robotic, the term Robocop is apt.

This movie was simply great for me. It has emotion, depth and politics. All very intriguing. Joel Kinnaman was great, playing Alex as a person and as a robot, you saw the change. Can the man remain inside the machine? Can his humanity survive or will the computers override him?

Michael Keaton did an impressive turn has the villainous head of OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellars , he made me think at times – was he the real villain? Where did the good intentions go wrong? Do heads of companies do what they do for improvement or money? Are they tied to what, we as consumers, will buy? Are they forced into dark decisions because they need to match a product to demand?

It isn’t long before Robocop is called to bring the people who tried to kill him to justice. More twists and turns ensure this is not boring. A fabulous movie. A reboot that brings new dimensions to the franchise rather than alter everything because it’s ‘new’.

I know a lot of people may not like the human emotion scenes being played out or that Robocop has a lot of interaction with his wife and son; which I don’t think those were present in the original. But I felt they made him more of a 3D character.

A well deserved 9/10 from me.

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Film Review: Easy Money

Easy Money
Easy Money was actually made in 2010. So I’m assuming it’s been put on because another sequel is coming out this October?

Joel Kinnaman (who will play the new Robocop) stars in this uneventful movie. He plays Johan “JW” Westlund. I can see why this film disappeared into the ether. The double life has been handled much better, this film made me nostalgic for George Clooney’s Batman/Bruce Wayne! (That’s not a good sign.)

Choosing to sell drugs to fund his rich lifestyle was the main driving force behind this. The film was stumped from the word go because the storyline was limited. There’s only one way the film was going. In fact there is only one way any film like this can go. That’s showing the descent into the negative side of drugs.

Kinnaman was good but lacked the clout and originality to keep things interesting. Maybe I’m fussy, but if you’re going to cover a film that’s got a topic that’s done week in, week out – surely the concept of originality should creep in there? What will make my film stand out from the others?

Falling for a girl which then leads him into the rich and famous – thus requiring to sell drugs to keep up in the world was uninspiring. Organised crime, shoot outs, car crashes and outrunning the police are now pretty run of the mill. It seemed the director was scared to try anything different or new. Films should be about creativity.

Sadly none of the cast shone for me. No one seemed to really gel. The love interests were more like Bert and Ernie than Titanic. Of course it has most of the right ingredients to have secured sequels – what most people seem to love; human misery, violence and a love that cannot be.

But was this Romeo or Juliet? Er…. No! With text book plots, okay acting and a middling script 4/10 from me. Joel was the only recognisable actor in this troop. Have I chosen well? Hmmmm….

I think if the version with Zac Efron goes ahead, that’d be worth seeing.

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