Alex Murphy is your normal everyday cop. He tries to do the right thing and tries to save as many people as possible from criminals. However, one day he is nearly killed in a car bomb aimed at him by his fellow officers that are on the payroll of the biggest crime boss in Detroit. Thankfully, he's able to stay alive by becoming Robocop, a half human and half machine officer that is out to save the streets of Detroit... kind of. In actuality, he's a patsy that is being used by Omni Consumer Products, or OCP for short, as a way of allowing them to sell their products in the USA. You see, OCP primarily makes mechanical soldiers that are used for war, and they want to try and start selling them in America because it would theoretically make them an insane amount of money if they can start selling them to cities and use them to replace officers. However, because of the government, they can't sell their mecha soldiers, so Robocop is created as a way to bypass the system, and slowly they start to erase Alex Murphy's memories and emotions so that he can function exactly like their mechanical soldiers.
Right off the bat, you can tell that this movie as a political agenda and hammers in the point constantly. The movie opens with Samuel L. Jackson as a host of a O'Reilly Report-esque news show that goes on about how great it is to help out foreign countries with OCP's mechanical soldiers and shows that forced intervention in foreign nations is a good thing! And not only that, but the government is evil for not allowing OCP to sell their mechanical soldiers to corporations and law enforcement and even goes so far as to say that the government is "pro crime" if they don't allow OCP to sell their walking military arsenals. Wow. The heavy handedness is palpable.
|"Come on! Let OCP sell the walking death machines! Don't|
be rude to them!"
I can't even talk about the movie that much because what really irks me about the movie is its political agenda. I don't really like to discuss politics at all when it comes to reviews since that's something that we all can leave at the door, but this movie is less about Robocop and more about making a statement and making it clear. It's a political message disguised as a reboot of an 80's action movie. Just watch this clip from the movie and tell me that there isn't some kind of message that the movie is trying to make abundantly clear.
So do you kinda notice that Robocop is barely in the thing and that it focuses a lot more on the business and political angle of his existence? Well guess what, that's pretty much all true. Just to set the record straight, as an independent, I pretty much am middle of the road when it comes to politics and I think that both parties have flaws in their general philosophies and actions. At the same time, I'm not someone that professes to know everything about politics and there are several things about the whole thing that fly over my head. That being said, I know my propaganda when I see it, and to make something that is as blatant as this rubs me the wrong way.
Political motives aside, the focus on politic is kind of head scratching when you compare it to the original Robocop. In that movie, OCP was still a corrupt company, but the villain in the movie was a corrupt executive. He made his own walking death mechs called ED-209's and they were used as a foil to Robocop and prove that the ED-209's are the better products. There was no real political angle behind it except for the fact that crime is rampant and needs to be solved. It was more a movie about humanity and the spirit of the human condition than anything else. If there was a political message to be gained from that movie, it was purely by your own reflection than anything outright stated.
Big surprise as well, the original was better. Do you want to know what the original Robocop was like? It was a movie that featured Alex Murphy get shot at by five men with massive guns at a near rapid fire basis until he was pulp. It was the movie that dunked a man in acid and had him walk around for a little bit screaming in agony only to be run over by a truck. Christ, it was the movie where this happened! It was a violent as hell movie that had some great action and character pieces. In the remake, all of the action scenes are tepid at best and the characterization is bland as vanilla.
|Gotta make him look sleek. Sleek is cool with focus groups|
Then we have the action scenes, which couldn't even hold a candle to anything the original had. The remake just had Robocop as a badass that couldn't be defeated no matter what happened to him. He literally destroys over 40 other OCP mech like it was nothing, not even breaking a sweat. He even gives off a few one liners while fighting them. He's almost too perfect to be defeated. A general rule of thumb is that watching someone do something effortlessly is boring. Watching Robocop decimate a small army like it was nothing has no weight behind it because we know that he's just going to defeat them without breaking a sweat. It's boring to see someone unstoppable. In the original, even when Alex Murphy was Robocop, he was thrashed around a few times, and we saw him overcome the struggles he faced and defeat his enemies. He couldn't beat the ED-209, but one rematch later and he was able to win. He couldn't defeat some gangsters at first, but after going through a spiritual awakening of sorts he could. He overcame his struggles, which made him more interesting to watch. Watching someone be a cool badass and not even try at it is boring to me. All of my investment in the character is gone when that happens cause I know he can't be beaten.
|Too cool for school|