"RoboCop" Movie Review: 3 Stars
by Michael Phillips
Intriguingly ambiguous in its rooting interests, the "RoboCop" remake doesn't really believe its own poster.
The tagline "Crime has a new enemy" suggests little more than point and shoot -- the same old cyborg song and
dance. While nobody'd be dumb enough to reboot the original 1987 kill-'em-up franchise by holding back on the
scenes of slaughter in favor of sly political satire about arm-twisting
That first, excitingly sadistic "RoboCop," directed by
Now, working from a script by Joshua Zetumer based on the Edward Neumeier and
The company president (
There's a lot to enjoy here, though the brutality is very rough for a PG-13 rating. (The screening included an awful lot of clueless parents accompanied by an awful lot of preteens.) RoboCop becomes a pawn in the corporate game, as he was in the original film, but here the machinations and talk of focus groups and marketing strategies is more pronounced and pretty sharp. Most audiences will be content with the gamer-friendly set pieces, in which a fatality count snuggles itself into the upper-right corner of the screen.
The script includes some interesting ideas about the researchers struggling to get RoboCop's medication doses at the right level, so he retains enough of his human side to be relatable to the public.
This is at heart a pretty sad movie. Verhoeven wouldn't be caught dead making you care about anything in his "RoboCop"; Padilha is after something different.
He shoots in a familiar shaky-cam style that might be called "early 'NYPD Blue.'" That I can do without. But unlike the recent, empty-headed "Total Recall" remake, for example, this movie comes at you with an idea or two, as well as every available gun blazing.
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material). Running time: 1:56.
"RoboCop" Movie Trailer
"RoboCop" takes place in the year 2028. OmniCorp is a huge company that is interested in making money, they come up with the idea of the RoboCop, that is half man and half robot. They see these RoboCops in every city making them tons of money. What happens though when there is still a man inside the gear? Will he fight for what is right?