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Robocop, Sci-Fi - Robots

Robocop (2014)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The duo of 1980s Robocop films.
Writers/Script Joshua Zetumer, Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner (with nods to the 1987 writers – the last two above)
Additional Info Apparently the director was constantly annoyed at having his good ideas vetoed, this as the costs balooned and the studio thought it essential that it remained a PG-13, so that they wiuld get their money back – and it looks as if they did despite a price tag of $100 million.
Director Jose Padilha
Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, Samuel L. Jackson
Elevator Pitch An American conglomorate is providing robot police to pacify Tehran and elsewhere, and is trying to introduce the same into US cities. There is opposition until they hit on the idea of using the human mind in a robot body, and when a detective is blown up by a car bomb, the opportunity is provided and Robocop, part cyborg, part human, with superpowers, is born. But when the Robocop is provided with crime data, including that of his own assassination attempt, he goes of the rails as he tracks down the villains involved.
Content Some of the plot is presented to us (and the notional American public) by a TV anchor, appearing to favour robot policemen. Robocop is developed and tested, his limited unarmoured remains just a bit un-nerving. A lot of shoot-outs but the hero is in charge, and he also rides about on his special motor cycle. The bosses in the corporation shout a lot and make their underhand plans, the scientists do their stuff, the detective’s family are tearful.
A View Everybody seem to be agreed that this is not as good as the original, the low point possibly being the finale. If you have seen the first film you might remember how Robocop is able to shoot the villain, even though he is an employee of the company. It was super ingenious. There is nothing like that in this reboot, and that is its problem. But it is still an Ok watch if you are a fan of a robot future.

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