In a future where Omnicorp military machines protect America’s interests and its personnel, Alex Murphy becomes their latest experiment.
Whilst the success of Omnicorp’s robots in international conflicts has led to an era of peace for war torn countries, using them in America has proven controversial. Novak, an outspoken television host, makes his point quite clear and Omnicorp are spurred into action, recruiting, Detective Alex Murphy into the Robocop project.
As he begins to become one with the project, it becomes clear that corporations aren’t to be trusted where crime is involved, and only Robocop can make a difference.
A reboot of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven film, Robocop keeps much of the core story, injecting a modern take into the story. An arrogant America businessman seeking to make his homeland safe regardless of the cost, reckless science being used to further human interest, and the underlying reminder that humanity is all important… all whilst killing everything in sight. The story is still “how far is too far?” but it’s diluted from 1987.
Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman and Samuel L Jackson head up the cast, and they deliver powerful performances, whilst Joel Kinnaman is the bland Alex Murphy/Robocop.
Joshua Zetumer, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner deliver a script that explores what it means to be human as we only just begin the journey of technological augmentation and the question of free will, and underpin it with the familiar story of crime, corporate greed and a world where freedom isn’t free.
Whereas Verhoeven had crafted a stunning assault on the senses and sensibilities, Jose Padilha directs a successful retelling, touching upon morality in a modern age without any of the dark satire, and with the human element ramped up. There’s attempts to do something different, but that doesn’t make it a better film, just a different one.