The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology and cybernetic warfare. Since the deployment of OmniCorp drones across the globe no American soldier has died in conflict. However the success of the drones abroad does not instil confidence when it comes to homeland security. In order for OmniCorp to bring their controversial technology to the home front they must put a man in the machine. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) a loving husband, father and all round good cop is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate seizes their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
I have said it before when it comes to remakes that it will always be compared to the original. The original RoboCop was a cult classic, a mix of science-fiction, action and social satire, all action with minimal plot or character development. The remake blew me away, from the first ten minutes with that RoboCop theme hitting in I was hooked! It’s clever the story is fluent and every character has a believable motive and story arch. The rich money grabbing suit role of the OmniCorp president Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) has been dulled down to a more believable business man and enrapture almost like, dare I say it Richard Branson. The movie has a foresight to introduce characters for any sequel most notably Murphy’s partner Jack Lewis (Michael K. Williams) and Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson) the dapper host of The Novak Element. Even Murphy’s wife Clara (Abbie Cornish) plays a stronger role, adding an element of humanity to the story which in turn is supported by Dr. Dennett Norton(Gary Oldman) the man who made cyber organic crossover possible. Norton cares for Murphy, he doesn’t see him as a commodity or a machine to be controlled.
Why did I choose this movie, its RoboCop that’s why! This movie has so much more than the original ever had, the Action and Si-Fi is balances with Emotional Drama and believable characters. The horror on Murphy’s face the tears when he sees what he has become and the journey he has to go through to come to terms with it is very cleverly tied in with the story’s core. The emotional trauma is felt throughout the movie and the violence and action doesn’t seem mindless. The CGI is outstanding and the new suit looks cool, sorta like Terminator mixed with a Cylon. It is worth a visit to the cinema fan or not, you will be surprised!