07:52 Thursday 20 February 2014

Robocop remake is a flop

Written byROB SMYTH

I am a big fan of the original Robocop which, despite some dodgy looking effects, still holds its own when viewed together.

The iconic figure of Robocop was always one, that in the modern film industry, that was ripe to be remade.

The decision was met with many groans, including from myself, but after a strong cast was announced and a spectacular first trailer dropped things looked positive.

The new film differs slightly in that hero cop Alex Murphy is killed in a suicide bombing rather than in a brutal attack by villainous criminals like the original.

He is then turned into a half human and half robot police officer by conglomerate OmniCorp , who are looking to make billions of dollars by flooding the streets with these robotic cops.-

Joel Kinnaman takes on the title role and here are where the problems begin.

He has little charisma and you fail to connect with him as an audience before or after he becomes Robocop.

He has very little chemistry with his on screen wife (played by Abbie Cornish) and the attempts to do more with his family life, for me, fall flat.

Hopes were raised with the beginning of the film which takes place in Iran and sees Omnicorp robots patrolling the streets instead of US soldiers.

What follows a tense sequence which sees suicide bombers attack the robots and shocking end to the first act.

This provides the film with a great start point but from there quality drops off a cliff.

Robocop is shown as some kind of superhero, akin to Iron Man, as he runs at speed, jumps and flies about the place, which seems so unrealistic.

Violence and gore was a key part of the first film but is absent from this latest effort and this can be put down to the fact that it is a 12A certificate.

The film company were obviously pushing for the biggest audience they could get and this has proved to be a success as the screening I attended was full of children.

The only saving graces in the film were the performances of Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson.

Other than that Robocop was a complete disappointment, boring for large parts and tedious in the others. My advice. Avoid and buy the original on DVD.

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