Film Review: Robocop reboot is heavy on the brawn and easy on the brain

Friday, 14 February 2014 - 1:13pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Cast: Gary Oldman,Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton

Director: José Padilha

Rating: **1/2 

What's it about:

Remember the original Robocop ? Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic was nothing short of brilliant. Superbly written and executed with flair the film had an adrelaine rush the genre promised. It was also funny and witty in parts. The reboot of the same film looks plastic and gimmick ridden to titilate the hardcore fanbase reinventing their favourite cyborg cop with a brand new sexier suit and bigger guns! Unfortunately the story and characters only keep us going back to the inspiration for this mechanical mess. 

What's hot:

Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman breathe life into their dull characters with their effervescence making the film engaging in the right scenes. The action isn' that bad either. There are a few standout scenes that will impress with their execution. Even though Robocop is the boss, Padilha gives him a bit of vulnerability and softness beneath that artificial suit. Kinnaman does justice to the role and we root for him even though we know the outcome. 

What's not:

Video game fans will find parallels between the fight scenes and the popular game Call of Duty. Majority of the big action moments are dull and lack any originality. The track about American wanting to buy illegal arms and socio political subtexts seems too forced and has now become a regular reference in major Hollywood films. There is very little to no humor in the film. It's like watching several pilot episodes of a new TV show put together in a long mini series! 

What to do:

Entertaining in parts, the 2014 Robocop is heavy on the brawn and easy on the brain. 




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