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RoboCop (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 12 February 2014 (USA)
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In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy - 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.

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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. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material | See all certifications »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,061,581 (USA) (14 February 2014)

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$58,607,007 (USA) (16 May 2014)
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Trivia

In Raymond Sellars' office, in a display case, is a suit reminiscent of the RoboCop (1987) suit that Peter Weller wore. See more »

Goofs

During his training, Mattox tells Murphy if he senses he needs a weapon or is threatened, the visor goes down and the system makes the weapons available, yet when faced with guns in the lab, you can still see his face throughout. See more »

Quotes

Alex Murphy: Holy Christ, there's nothing left.
Dr. Dennett Norton: Your body may have gone, but you're still here.
Alex Murphy: That's not even my brain.
Dr. Dennett Norton: We had to repair the damaged areas, but we didn't interfere with your emotion or your intellect. Do you... do you understand me, Alex? You're... you're in control.
Alex Murphy: I'm in control?
Dr. Dennett Norton: Yes.
Alex Murphy: Okay. If I'm in control, then I wanna die. Just unplug whatever it is keepin' me alive and end this nightmare.
Dr. Dennett Norton: Now, say I did that - w-which is, as a doctor, would almost be impossible for me, but... but ...
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Crazy Credits

The audio of the MGM logo is replaced by vocal effects generated by Samuel L. Jackson before the film begins with him exercising his voice before going on air. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Take My Life (Tonite)
Written and Produced by Richard Wolf
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Meh.
7 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Okay, so very few people were confident about this remake. The original has such a huge fan base that a reboot seems like blasphemy to most.

So how does this hold up? Well, it looks like butter, it at times tastes like butter, but brother, it ain't butter. Believe it.

The film lacks something and I think I know what it is; there is no real villain. Instead of building up a super-villain for Murphy to fight to the death with, it toys with different characters as his foe, never really committing to one or the other. Kurtwood Smith is an evil son of a gun in the original because he shoots Murphy to pieces. Its up close and personal. In this, well, the guy that car bombs (lame) our robotic cop gets about 2 minutes of screen time with very little back story. Frankly, you just don't care.

The plot seems more concerned about Murphy trying to cope with becoming an amputee and him and his family learning to accept his new circumstances, which frankly, when you see what he looks like without the armour, is just disturbing. Instead of being an awesome action flick, you just feel bad for the guy. The reality of the situation is just too harsh in its portrayal and you end up thinking maybe he would be better off dead.

Do you want to pay good money to question your ideological values towards quality of life or do you want to see robocop go toe to toe with a man who shot him to s***? I know what I'd buy for a dollar.

Also, on a side note: Samuel L. Jackson needs to stop being in films. While his appearance at first is welcome, by the end it feels very cheap and unnatural. The anti-American war effort message starts to get a little forced down your throat and before you start screaming that I'm a flag loving American, I'm a Brit, and even I felt the satire was a bit in your face.

The film shouldn't upset people too badly, it could honestly be much worse and it does have some passable moments with a couple of good nods to the original. Just don't get your hopes too high.


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