José Padilha’s 2014 remake of Robocop is not a terrible film, but it certainly isn’t a good one either. Padilha is on record as describing working on this project as “The worst experience of my life” because the studio wouldn’t allow him any creative control over their product. He wanted to make a hard “R” rated film like the original but they forced him to deliver a PG-13 rating to insure a wider audience to recoup the ever expanding budget. So what we were left with was a tepid action film where Robocop runs around armed with Taser Bullets.
Paul Verhoeven‘s 1987 original film was a satiric look at society and consumerism. How corporate greed and crime go hand in hand. Jump ahead to 2014 and that is a harder thing to satirize now because much of what we saw in the original Robocop we now see on the Six O’clock News. Minus the cool robots of course.
|Hard to market this as a “Friendly Beat Cop.”|
|“I’m more of a confused scientist than an evil one.”|
|I’m sorry but a flesh hand on a robot is just stupid.|
|“Rorschach’s journal, October 13th, 2015 tried to fight a robot…lost.”|
|“I’m sorry honey, I forgot the milk.”|
|“Dead or alive…I mean stunned or asleep you’re coming with me.”|
• A car bomb that detonates when a person is about to get into the car and not when they are actually inside is a poorly designed bomb.
• We are told that the villains all carry heavy enough caliber bullets to kill Robocop. He is hit many, many times and yet they fail to kill him.
• Samuel Jackson as some kind of Bill O’Reilly corporate shill does seem to be having fun.
• Every time this movie quoted lines from the original it just reminded me how much better Verhoeven’s movie is.
• The ending climax where Robocop faces off against evil CEO doesn’t make a lick of sense.