After much delay (being a responsible parent makes it difficult to go to the movies), I finally saw the remake of Robocop.
Here are my quick thoughts:
- The first two thirds of the movie feels a bit direction-less. It's unclear what the central conflict is.
- The PG-13 rating tempers down the brutality of the world they're alluding to.
- While they attempt to hint at the satire and commentary of the original, they never fully pull it off.
- There are some really odd music, costume, and editing/flashback choices. Why in the 80's were they able to make it look like a face was grafted onto a robot suit, but in the 21st century it just looks like he's wearing a helmet?
- The final third of the movie picks up a lot of speed and momentum, but just as I was starting to get into the movie, it ended.
- The cast is great.
- They found the right elements of modern culture to satire with the film, but they didn't fully pull it off.
- This really is a re-conceptualization of Robocop. If you wrote a two paragraph synopsis of each film they would sound identical, but anything beyond that their are huge differences. This is extremely important for a movie like this. The original was tied so closely to the cultural climate which created it. It only makes sense to bring 21st century issues into the new film.
I had very low expectations for this film. I assumed I would be disappointed, and I was. At the end of the day, the movie had just enough good ideas that it was frustrating how close they came to a quality remake. If you're a fan of the original, this will disappointed you.
RATING - 6 out of 10 - It was an ok sci-fi action film with an outstanding cast, but it will disappoint fans of the original.
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