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“RoboCop” Review

RoboCop: Directed by José Padilha. With Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish. In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Saw a couple clips of the film on the TikTok and remembered that I didn’t exactly hate the film but couldn’t remember much about it, so here we are, having watched it again, I now remember why I don’t remember much about it. It does best when it doesn’t lean on the previous iterations of the character, but unfortunately the aftertaste of at least three movies and several tv shows is all over this reconsideration of the question “what if the military industrial complex wanted to expand to domestic deployment?”. I don’t mean to suggest that the film is bad in what it does, it’s a competently crafted movie with fine acting, amazing special effects, and does a bang up job of bringing the story into modern times. It does lean too heavily on the attempted satire of the original film with the “Novak” show, doesn’t do enough to ask the larger questions that could be asked and plays way too safe with the formula.

Again though, in a vacuum, this is a great film.

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