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"Robo Cop" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

When Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured, OmniCorp grabs their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and will stop at nothing - no matter the cost to Alex - to make sure the program succeeds.

Specifications

  • MGM Studios
  • Color, PG 13, 1 hour 58 minutes
  • 1080p/ AVEC 4, 2.35:1 Aspect ratio
  • Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman
  • Directed by: Jose Pahdila
  • Rating
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    • Violence: Yes
    • Sex: No
    • Language: Mild

Commentary

Loosely based on the original, this re-boot focuses more on Murphy “the family man” and less on bringing the bad guys to justice. Unfortunately, the satire and wit (and yes, the excessive violence) are sacrificed as well, leaving the movie with a lot of dialog and not much action. I liked the new tactical look of Murphy and the fact that his vehicle is a motorcycle, but by the end of the film I still felt a bit let down. Verhoeven was trying to make a social commentary of the times, while this film is a “by-the-numbers” action flick that left me feeling a bit “M’eh”. I guess the Sam Jackson diatribes about drones and a mechanized police force was a heavy handed attempt at current relevance. Still, if you are in the mood for a pop corn flick, you could do worse.

Technical

The picture is top quality with rich deep blacks and sizzling detail. Sound was excellent as well with lots a things going on all around you during the shoot out scenes.

Extras

"Making of”, theatrical trailers and commentaries.