Movie Review: Robocop

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Directed By: Jose Padilha

It’s a watered down remake of the original. A PG-13 franchise reboot, just like Colin Farrell’s Total Recall remake. Robocop had something to say, this remake doesn’t really have anything to say. It isn’t a particularly bright movie, but it does manage to have a bit of fun.

It’s really a by-the-book movie, though I can’t wait to see what cinema sins does with this. I noticed so many plot errors. Like… why did he approach the car in the first place if the drivers side door was open, and he at least had an inkling that someone might want him dead. I’d be afraid to do that in real life, and I don’t even know any mob members.

Joel Kinnaman is an interesting choice for a leading man. He certainly can act. I find him a lot more acceptable as a leading man than Jai Courtney, who keeps getting shoved down my throat. I’ve never really gotten the appeal of Abbie Cornish, and thought that film would have given up on her by now. I thought she’d be relegated to a Lifetime TV series already.

Gary Oldman is cast in this film only so you can guess if he’s a good or bad guy the entire film, since he’s known for going both ways. Samuel L. Jackson does OK as the host of a “news” program. Michael Keaton is an odd choice, and I didn’t quite love his performance. Jackie Earle Haley was probably having the most fun out of anyone in the cast, and it showed.

There are some cool special effects, and interesting fight scenes. The B-plot is somewhat engaging, but mostly this film really fails to deliver on an “epic” level. It’s a perfectly fine film for a nice quite night at home. I’m glad I didn’t see this in theatres.

I didn’t hate the film, but I can’t say I loved it. I actually enjoyed the Total Recall reboot more. This one just seemed more like a videogame in parts, and the A-plot wasn’t really interesting. I’m interested to see more from Kinnaman, but not in a Robocop sequel. Let this series die… again.

FINAL GRADE: C

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