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The biggest problem with the 2014 variation of RoboCop is that this movie does not want to be a RoboCop movie.
This movie is nothing more than nostalgia pandering in the worst possible way. The origin of the titular character is done with more or less faithful authenticity and the suit looks nice until it joins the robotic version of Batman.
Now this is where the problems begin with the movie the story is all over the place with only one arrest made once Alex Murphy has actually become RoboCop any deals with this conspiracy of the Omni corporation where the lead antagonist played by the very talented Michael Keaton it is exposed as the bad guy at the end of it pulling everybody strings and All That Jazz.
Joel Kinnaman i'm not going too whale on too much because the Script he was given just really did him no favours whatsoever and he was essentially having to go with something that was third-rate. When you look at the material that Peter Weller was given to work with in the 1987 original version of RoboCop it was near perfect to take a character that had a regular normal life as regular and normal as it could be for cop but then to turning into this monotone robotic titular character that reclaims his humanity throughout the course of the movie was done properly. You got to care about weller's version. With kinnamon's? Beyond being blown up which led to him being given the robotic suit that saved his life there is just no character substance to Alex Murphy.
I think the only actors that were genuinely trying or Gary Oldman and the ever so wonderful Samuel L Jackson. But then again it's Sam Jackson. Are you really that surprised?
Oldman really put a lot of emoting into his role as the inventor of the RoboCop programme you can actually see energy and heart in his eyes as he is delivering his Lines and the same can be said with Jackson. And this is also very true for Michael Keaton. Even though he is playing the heel of the movie you can't help but like his swagger and charm.
The only other reprising aspects of the movie is the score and the visual and special effects which for 2014 movie they do the job that they are required to do and it is a visual treat to see. But therein lies the inherent problem when your visual effects are having to make up for a very poor script in which the lead protagonist is not giving the type of performance that he is expected to do just says everything it needs to.
Take a look at this movie if you must but as someone who appreciated the original which has aged quite well since the late 80s then I would rather go with that one then go for as I said at the start of this review is is nothing more than nostalgia bait.
TLDR give this one a mess.
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