I actually really enjoyed RoboCop, and I was about to comment on some of the points you made, but seeing as this is one of the only sane reviews of the movie I've seen, do you think you could do a re-review in the vein of Prometheus and Man of Steel? Seriously, this movie could end up on my Best of 2014 list solely for the hilarious, hyperbolic nerd rage it has given us.
(Also: yet another movie with better robots fighting than Pacific Rim!)
You guys went way to easy on Robocop. They took out what made the old film great, the grit, the gore and the smart humour and left a castrated, humourless, CGI mess. The only decent scenes were the ones in the lab and even those paled in comparison to the original Robocops.
Brad you gave the Monuments Men a bad review in the week prior but even that film was more watchable than Robocop.
Which is why I still didn't recommend the movie. You're making it sound like I told people to go out right now and see it, and I didn't. In fact the reasons you gave are among the reasons I didn't recommend it. When you've seen other movies out there that are far worse than this (Endless Love, That Awkward Moment, Pompeii, Marked Ones, The Nut Job, etc) something as bland and forgettable as RoboCop would be a waste of perfectly good anger, and is rather insulting towards movies that are easily harder to sit through than this.
And it's still better than RoboCop: Prime Directives which did far worse to the established continuity than this movie did (which was a reboot and didn't have to follow continuity). Just because I didn't hate it with the heat of a 1000 hot suns like Spoony did doesn't mean I somehow liked it. It just means I see everything that comes out, and this movie isn't worth any energy.
Well you sort of did recommend it, you said it was good for a matinee showing. I see films on almost a weekly basis myself so I've seen a lot of the same bland films you have and I don't think I'm over exaggerating when I say this was a really bad film. For it's budget, for being a remake of one of the better action films of the 80s, for having the actors it did, I was expecting way more. And this film failed in every area, it had nothing going for it.
RoboCop: Prime Directives was a cheaply made TV miniseries, not a hyped up remake of the original film. That's not a fair comparison.
I said gun to your head, if you absolutely had to see it, don't pay full price, go to a matinee, but personally I wouldn't. Yeah, that's a pretty strong recommendation there all right.
And comparing it to Prime Directives is absolutely a fair comparison. They're both part of the same franchise, they both provided their own origin stories, they're both about RoboCop, and they both did different things with the series. Prime Directives featured the original RoboCop but completely retconned his character and the origin, had far worse acting and far worse action. This movie didn't really retcon anything since it's a complete reboot. It is absolutely fair to compare two things if they're part of the same franchise, that's like saying I can't compare the new film to RoboCop 3 because RoboCop 3 was in the 90's and this is in the 2010's. And this movie is still better than RoboCop 3.
Bottom line, I actually agree with many of your points about the film. The movie just didn't piss me off because it was too bland to piss me off, and it was pretty much exactly what I thought it was going to me. I had no pre-conceived notion that this movie was going to be anything like the first one, so why would I have expected it to be? You should really save your arguments for someone who actually gave the movie a passing grade instead of going after me just because I didn't "spoony rage hate it."
As for Monuments Men, if I sounded harsher towards that movie, it was because 1: RoboCop had a set tone, Monuments Men didn't. 2: RoboCop, whether you liked them or not, did have characters with set up, motivations, and arcs (flawed yeah, but they were there). Monuments Men didn't. Monuments Men is probably a better film than RoboCop, but I expected far far FAR greater out of Monuments Men than a RoboCop remake, so my being let down was a little more severe in Monuments Men's case.
I'd understand if you were annoyed because I loved a movie you hate, but you're acting upset because I only disliked a movie that you hate. That's a serious waste of time. I've seen the worst of the worst. The new RoboCop isn't even a blip.
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Hi, i'am from Brazil, so sorry my englysh, but about they keep the right hand, i saw interview where the direcor say: "its a PR tatic, the righ hand is the shake hand, so the people had the idea of the man is in control"
I gotta be honest. I never saw the first Robocop, and I thought the remake was just fine. Not great, but decent enough.
Yeah, if you haven't seen the original, this remake is just a ho-hum action movie with an irritating ham-fisted attempt at political satire. Nothing I would pay to see, but something I would have watched on TV when I was younger.
But if you've sen the original, the blandness, the pathetic failure at plot-directing conflicts, and the atrocious attempt at social critique that even Bill Mahr exceeds is downright insulting. See the original. It's a fucking classic. This is shameless cash-in.
Can't believe you didn't mention Lewis or the lack of her.