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Gloobey 06-05-2014 01:18 PM

Not sure if the review is a negative or positive one, pretty ambiguous from where I'm sitting. It should be a very positive review, this movie was so much more than your standard reboot, the sociopolitical subplot kept you interested and the action was spot on. The disc looks great, btw, so don't be put off by the review, pick it up...

Attebery 06-05-2014 01:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by timcharger (Post 2484874)
"The overall package is at the very least worth a look."

Bottomline says Give It A Rent. Did you mean to select Worth A Look?

Or is this similar the confusion of a technical glitch accidentally deleting
the Must Own rating?

Just fixed. Not sure how that happened.

rainman208 06-05-2014 03:15 PM

Like many i was very weary of this especially after the Total Recall remake disaster. But I must say I found this one enjoyable. I'm glad I gave it a chance. My Blu-ray copy is on the way.

timcharger 06-05-2014 03:21 PM

"Dead or alive, you're coming with me."

I liked how 2014's Robocop turned the meaning of this phrase around.

Robocop 1987 meant the criminal whether dead or alive, would be
captured/arrested by Murphy.

Robocop 2014 has Murphy disregarding his own life, dead or alive,
Murphy's gonna get the culprit.

taygan315 06-06-2014 01:56 AM

Picked up the metalpak at BB Tuesday. Like the cover. Cant wait to see the flick for the first time.

malakai 06-07-2014 03:55 PM

Just got done watching this. I wouldn't exactly call it as good a the original, although it's not bad. We were considering purchasing this but decided not to after watching it. It's a solid rent.

Tnecniv 06-11-2014 11:01 PM

Blind bought and watched. The story had some nice substance to go with the good looking action, and the cast performed well within their roles. But there was something missing that kept it from being great. For some reason, just didn't care for Murphy and his family, and I thought that the bad guys needed to be a little more... bad, though I did appreciate that they weren't over the top caricatures. Was a good all around movie but I just felt no emotional attachment to any of the characters.

timcharger 06-12-2014 02:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tnecniv (Post 2486726)
Blind bought and watched. The story had some nice substance to go with the good looking action, and the cast performed well within their roles. But there was something missing that kept it from being great. For some reason, just didn't care for Murphy and his family, and I thought that the bad guys needed to be a little more... bad, though I did appreciate that they weren't over the top caricatures. Was a good all around movie but I just felt no emotional attachment to any of the characters.

I'd agree with this:
"Was a good all around movie but I just felt no emotional attachment".

Rewatching the 1987 flick, I say the same lack-of-emotional-attachment
goes for the original. Murphy is introduced by transferring into the Detroit
precinct and all we learn of him is that he practices twirling his gun due to
his son and that he likes to argue with his female partner on who drives
the police car. Before we get emotionally attached to 1987's Murphy, he
has a gruesome near-death by cartoon-like, silly-laughing thugs. Shortly
thereafter, he's Robocop.

I think both 1987 and 2014 films has to juggle the task of giving the
audience some character development to get some emotional attachment
to the Cop, yet also quickly deliver on-screen the Robot.

timcharger 06-12-2014 03:03 AM

Something I thought 2014 could have done that 1987 did was the tough female
partner cop. Nancy Allen in 1987 was a novel change, and her brutality as a
cop willing to punch it out with the bad guys was interesting. Though she
didn't look the part, she looked like she was only 100 lbs soaking wet, her part
stood out.

Usually, Michelle Rodriguez gets the parts of a chick who can knockout a dude
with her right cross. It would have better I think, if Robocop 2014 kept that
character.

ZebraMajor 06-12-2014 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by timcharger (Post 2486762)
I'd agree with this:
"Was a good all around movie but I just felt no emotional attachment".

Rewatching the 1987 flick, I say the same lack-of-emotional-attachment
goes for the original. Murphy is introduced by transferring into the Detroit
precinct and all we learn of him is that he practices twirling his gun due to
his son and that he likes to argue with his female partner on who drives
the police car. Before we get emotionally attached to 1987's Murphy, he
has a gruesome near-death by cartoon-like, silly-laughing thugs. Shortly
thereafter, he's Robocop.

I think both 1987 and 2014 films has to juggle the task of giving the
audience some character development to get some emotional attachment
to the Cop, yet also quickly deliver on-screen the Robot.

Murphy's gruesome slaughter in the original movie is the only emotion attachment the audience needs. It triggers an emotional revenge instinct. By design we're not required to care about Murphy's wife and son. Structurally they're only included to serve Murphy's story arc. The story is so lean and mean any beefing up of the family arc would dilute the movie's focus. And his bond to Lewis is established very efficiently. Verhoeven is wise to construct the story in this way.

Who wanted or needed more wife in son in the original?

Haven't seen the new one but by adding more focus to the family story they did something fresh with the material. Kudos for that.


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