Movie Review: RoboCop

The new RoboCop film by Director José Padilha was a let down. The film is about Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), a family man and good cop, who becomes critically injured in the line of duty. The multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees this as an opportunity to create a part-man, part-robot police officer.

However, there was nothing in the film that I have not seen before. The story line changed some what but the original was 100 times better! I really felt that the film was boring. Maybe… there was was so many CGI or VFX effects that it took away from the the film (just a thought).

In thinking about the concept of action alone, think about the original film when it first introduced the prototype police machine (the one before RoboCop). Remember when it was first introduced to the board? Remember when the creator told a man in the room to lift up and point their gun at it? When they did, the machine told him to put down the weapon. A malfunction happened and the machine ended up slaughtering the guy with all it weaponry power.

I was on the edge of my seat and when the bullets blasted through the guy, I was in shock. I feel that the new film didn’t have those elements. It was bland and not too exciting. The storyline didn’t move me or engage me all too much.

I wish I could have found out more about the characters in the film. The film does not uncover too much of each of them. It’s like they clocked into the film, and then clocked out– that is all.

Maybe because I am a woman, I needed more of a backstory to push me through this total guy-flick film. I just wanted to know more about Murphy’s life before he was RoboCop. Maybe if he was painted as a super hero type of cop or engaged more with his family, I’d like it. Instead, I was left with not really caring for him or having sympathy for him.

I wanted to root for him to uncover who he was. I wanted to care if he remembered his son or wife, but I didn’t. To me, it all was juts a series of CGI/VFX action scenes which caused it to be really bland for my taste!