RoboCop is the remake of the 1987 action film which I love. This remake follows the story of Alex Murphy who, soon after his partner is hospitalised, is the target of a bomb attack. Billionaire Raymond Sellars has a dream that robots will be the future of law enforcement, but this cannot happen unless the robots have human emotions so he decides to put the critically injured and paralysed Alex into a robot.
RoboCop is absolutely nothing compared to the much loved original film. I don't have a review up for the original RoboCop, but it's a classic action flick! It's full of over the top blood and gore that makes for an awesome film to watch as well as faces some serious messages about humans. This new remake looses all of that and tries to appeal to audiences that wish to turn off their brains for two dull and boring hours. There is literally two scenes in this film that I actually had fun with, the rest of it nearly put me to sleep. This film actually reminds me of the crappy Total Recall remake from 2012! Hollywood just won't learn will they?
Pretty much nothing of any relevance happens in the first hour of this film. To summaries the first half of this film would be easy: a cop is blown up and put into a robotic suit. That's literally all that happens. The film spends around 40 minutes showing RoboCop in China getting ready for the life of a cop and hardly any of it is remotely interesting. The first 15 minutes are mildly fun, but then the film just plummets downhill and never reaches the heights it begun at. Although the heights it reached at the start weren't that high either.
The film cuts most of the conflict between man and machine that the original did so well. In the original film there is a lot of conflict between the law and getting machines onto the streets and when these machines are put to the test they malfunction and it's traumatising. In this new one all the machines are already on the streets in foreign countries and they're just trying to be put in America. It's no where near as entertaining. As well as this the new film cuts most of the conflicting moments between Alex and RoboCop. In the original Alex had no idea if he was alive and had to be convinced by others that it was really him. In the remake he is told as soon as he wakes up. It's not the same in any way.
RoboCop feels as if you're watching someone else playing a video game. If you've ever watched someone else play a video game you'll know it's not the most exciting thing in the world, but it's not the worst. There are a few sequences in this film that feel just like that. It's as if I'm watching a complete stranger play a video game and they're not letting me play and while watching it is still mildly entertaining, it's very boring.
There's no real antagonist in the movie. The original movie has a few antagonists, the criminal group and the machine. The remake tries to have both of these, but neither of them can be classified as an antagonist because they pose no real threat for most of the movie. I couldn't point out the main antagonist, just a bunch of people with guns and terrible aim.
To sum up the new RoboCop remake fails to reach the standards of the much loved original. There are just a few mildly enjoyable scenes, but the rest of the film cuts all conflict, has no antagonist, is too slow and feels like a video game.
1 1/2 Stars