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“Robocop” returns

16 February 2014 By Ryan Permison, Columnist No Comments

When moveigeors hear the words “remake” or “reboot,” they are usually divided. Some are interested in seeing how the filmmaker pays tribute to the original, while taking it in a different direction. Others are against classics being remade because they believe that there is no need for them. This time around, the ‘80s classic known as “RoboCop” has been rebooted.

The year is 2028 with robots patrolling many countries around the world, except America. Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson) is a political talk-show host asking why the robots made by OmniCorp are not patrolling America so they can reduce crime in their own backyard. The most violent city in America is Detroit, Mich. where we meet Detective Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) who is doing his best to clean up the streets. One night Alex is nearly killed after an explosion.

So Omnicorp CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) and Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) decide to help Alex by making him part-man, part-machine so he can return to his family and be the first robotic police officer ever built. Alex returns to the force and brings as many criminals to justice as he can with his new abilities. However, his wife Clara (Abbie Cornish) wants him to spend more time with his family, though it is not that simple.

Having seen the original film, there are a few nods to it which will appease some of the fans.

The best part about this reboot is that the narrative is stronger and they delve deeper into certain aspects of corporations, humanity and security. The plot was difficult to follow toward the end, but the cast did a really good job of keeping up the pace. The film could have benefited with a different rating and a cameo from the first RoboCop, Peter Weller.

But, I know that is being nitpicky. This is a reboot I can actually say was worth my time, and I would not be surprised if they move forward with this franchise.

I give “RoboCop” eight out of 10.

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