RoboCop (2014) - Review
RoboCop – February 12, 2014 (9/10)
The new RoboCop is more of a re-imagining than a remake. And I can’t believe I’m going to say this: It’s better than the original. It’s hard to re-introduce an iconic movie to new audiences. But this new version of a familiar story is surprisingly refreshing and thought-provoking. I hope this serves as an example for future remakes to not make the same movie again.
Both versions of RoboCop work for the time periods in which they were released. The 1987 movie took advantage of society’s fascination with robots. Earlier that decade, other robot films included: Star Wars: Episode 5 & 6, Tron, The Terminator, Short Circuit, and Aliens. Along with TV shows such as Small Wonder, Knight Rider and Star Trek: The Next Generation. The robots of the 80s explored every aspect and dynamic of the potential technology.
Those movies inspired real-life advancements in automation that we see today. With machines replacing more and more jobs, this story feels more relevant to our current society than it did in the 80s. So this new RoboCop approaches the subject matter with a realistic tone because it’s already a part of our lives. Especially since our army is already using drones over soldiers.
The ‘87 RoboCop didn’t have any rules to follow because that concept was new for audiences. After they built RoboCop, they instantly put him to work without thinking of the consequences. The new film takes place in a world that already has robot soldiers. But the US Congress doesn’t want them in the country because they could endanger more lives than save them. So OmniCorp builds RoboCop to sway the public into having the same robots in America. The addition of the politics surrounding RoboCop made for a more engaging story because we could be having the same debates soon.
The new RoboCop also adds an emotional depth to the storyline that the original lacked. The first movie was more about a Terminator-like cop kicking everyone’s ass. There really wasn’t much to it other than kill, kill, kill. The new film brings in the physiological aspect of becoming part-robot and how it affects you, your friends and your family.
Overall, RoboCop successfully adapts an old story with a modern twist. The action sequences are heart-racingly fun and the new black suit looks great. The only thing I couldn’t figure out was who Samuel L. Jackson’s character was supposed to be. Is his show part of a bigger news organization like CNN? Or is it more like The Daily Show? It was hard to tell how much influence he had on the public.