I have always been a staunch defender of remakes, I have enjoyed far more of them than I have disliked. I think storytelling as an art demands stories be told by different people with different points of view and different approaches. Imagine if stage productions treated new versions the same way as movies, there wouldn’t have been any Shakespeare productions since his death. The latest remake of a beloved film is Robocop, a remake of the phenomenal 1987 Paul Verhoeven film starring Peter Weller.
Detroit, 2028. Megacorporation OmniCorp has been successful implementing robots into the military field but is trying to convince the public to embrace the technology on their own streets. When a good cop named Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is critically injured in the line of duty OmniCorp decides to fuse what is left of him with a robot police officer prototype that just might win over the reluctant public. But there may be more human in Robocop than they bargained for.
Robocop does all the things a good remake should. They pay tribute to the original without trying to copy it directly, they give the film a completely different mood than the original, and they change the story enough to give it its own identity. The cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, and Gary Oldman are all excellent and Joel Kinnaman in the lead role is decent but actually the only performance that doesn’t stand out so much. The effects are top notch, the action fast and furious, some laughs here and there are still intact and the story is well thought out and reflective of many issues facing society today. It is highly entertaining and an all-around great action sci-fi flick.
The Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a real beauty. As is to be expected from a big budget Hollywood actioner, the picture is crystal clear, super detail and color and a booming soundtrack. Sure to please any action fan out there, Robocop is a solid remake and hopefully the beginning of a new franchise that will far exceed the pretty terrible sequels to the original film.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.