RoboCop (2014)Jose Padiha's well-crafted, stylistically retro remake of Paul… More Jose Padiha's well-crafted, stylistically retro remake of Paul Verhoeven's superior 1987 sci-fi classic actioner and fan favorite is an enjoyable and entertaining film, but is also quite a different movie, it is tone-down in graphic violence and gore and is also missing the dark, biting satire of Verhoeven's groundbreaking ultra-violent original. Joel Kinnarman nicely plays Alex Murphy, a cop in a Detroit of the near future. Unfortunately Kinnarman does not have the acting chops that Peter Weller who played Murphy in the original film has, so his performance is no where near as compelling as Weller memorable turn. Alex Murphy is a good cop who fights crime as best he can, he makes the monumental mistake of investigating dirty cop deals, which gets him blown up by a bomb in his car. Enter the sinister OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellars, superbly played by Michael Keaton who takes what little is remaining of the critically injured Murphy, and put him into a robotic armored body. Sellars see the chance to make billions by having half-man, half-machine police officers in every major city. But he did not count on Murphy still having a soul and his own will. Astute direction by Jose Padlha, with terrific supporting performances by Gary Oldman, Abbie Comish, Jackie Earle Haley, and Samuel L. Jackson who has a field day hamming it up as rabble-rousing TV personally named Pat Novak, it is a very amusing performance. Brilliant visual effects with some solid sparse action sequences. A good not great remake that cannot touch Paul Verhoeven's classic original. Recommend.
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