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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Robocop (February 12, 2014) PG-13

Robocop's owners made him black so he'd appear more
"Tactical."  Here we see him on his cycle.
(Photo taken from ruthlessreviews.com)

Joel Kinnaman (Safe House, The Darkest Hour)
Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, The Book of Eli)
Michael Keaton (Batman, Beetlejuice)
Abbie Cornish (A Good Year, Seven Psychopaths)
Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Shutter Island)
Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Pulp Fiction)

Waaaaaaaaaaay smarter and better than I expected from a Robocop reboot.

In the not-so-distant future, Detective Alex Murphy ends up on the wrong side of a car-bomb and wakes up "Robocop"!  I wanna say "half man--half machine," but really it was more like 1 part man--9 parts robot.

Is there a right side of a car-bomb?

Immediately questions of free will and "How do we control him?" begin arising and the deeper plot is revealed.  What does it mean to be human?  What makes us human?  How do we maintain our humanity in an inhuman world?

This movie really struck home for me too, because when Murphy began "acting up" drugs were used to
Murphy, having seen some action, has a "sit down."
(Photo taken from insidemovies.ew.com)
control his behavior, and made him act inhuman and soulless.  Reminded me of when I was on Ritalin... 

The acting from Kinnaman as Alex Murphy/Robocop was spot-on also.  Especially during those scenes where he acted totally robotic.  Maybe Kinnaman took Ritalin for those scenes so he could be "dead inside" more effectively.  Ritalin would do it.

Michael Keaton plays Raymond Sellars CEO of Omnicorp,
the multi-billion dollar company who developed Robocop.
(Photo taken from Movieweb.com)
The computer animation was seamless.  Throughout the movie there were sophisticated robots walking around interacting with humans, and at no point did I go, "Oh look a computer animated robot!"

One of the coolest parts, and my Brother-in-law, James agrees, was when Robocop did what he was made to do.  He chose a suspect, integrated with surveillance to find a last known location, and if he couldn't find one he'd find known associates, track them, and get them to talk.  Smart action.  Not a second wasted.

I highly recommend this movie.  I don't wanna call it just a "guy movie," because it's more than that.  This movie has heart, brains, a good plot, and great acting.  Definitely a different role than I'm used to seeing Keaton in, also...

Here's a list of actors who auditioned for, turned down roles for, or were approached to be in Robocop:
Edward Norton
Michael Fassbender
Matthias Schoenaerts
Russell Crowe
Hugh Laurie
Clive Owen
Rebecca Hall
Jessica Alba
Keri Russell
Kate Mara
Sean Penn
Gael Garcia Bernal
Alexander Skarsgard
Logan Marshall-Green

"Thank you for your cooperation."

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