2014年2月9日 星期日

[Movie Review] RoboCop (2014)

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[RoboCop] (2014) is the late installment of the RoboCop movie family. I have never watched the previous movies, but I do have a vague memory of a blood-splattering scene I saw on TV, which is probably why I never watched them. (Yes I'm into zombie apocalypse but not into gore) Besides from not-so-great impressions, I am also ticked off by the name- RoboCop with a capital "C" ? What's wrong with a good ol' space in between? Are we using hashtags for everything now? Regardless, it seems like a good action flick, and anything worth a reboot must be a classic, right? So I went to watch it at the theater. (With a coupon, of course. Why are movies so darn expensive?)


I think this movie did a poor job at connecting with the audience. Segments of the life of the protagonist, Alex Murphy, was shown in a poor attempt to build character. So he's a good cop, a family man, and has a great body, then what? The other characters are stereotypical too. Good cop is good, dirty cop is dirty, weapon industry is evil, media guy is useless, good doctor is naive ("You promised me you wouldn't weaponize my researches!" Seriously?).  When Murphy transforms into RoboCop, it tries to show the mixed emotions Murphy goes through after being shocked at what he had become, but that didn't really deliver either.

On the action aspect, there were a lot of blood-free shooting and some cool cop on cool color-matching bike scenes, but they weren't exactly innovative. In fact, the biking scenes reminds me of scenes of Catwoman Anne Hathaway from Dark Knight Rises, and she has a better butt. 

In regard to the plot, I had questions popping up everywhere, and not the inspirational kind you want to find in movies. Why did Murphy's son react so coldly toward his return? Is that normal for a traumatized kid who haven't see his pop in 4 months? Why did the bad guys think fighting in the dark would be in their favour? Did they believe that a 2.6 billion robot wouldn't be equipped with infrared/heat sensor vision? You can't put robots on the streets of America, but you can have a small army and 3-story-tall combat robots in a private property? The list of questions goes on and on, and there weren't any satisfying answers.

Theme-wise, this movie raised up issues about manipulative media, usage of robots, artificial life extension, US interference overseas and so on, but did not go into depth with any of them. Which, I guess is forgivable, since this is marketed as an action movie.

Overall, this is not a great movie, but, it isn't I-want-a-refund-horrible either. I won't advise you go see it purely for Joel Kinnaman, since more than half the movie his face is covered. But, if you are into robots shooting each other and have a couple bucks to spare, then maybe this movie is right for you.







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