Close to the real (steel) deal
Surprise, surprise – the RoboCop reboot is a lot better than reboots have a right to be.
YOU can open your eyes now; it’s safe. The RoboCop reboot is not the train wreck we feared – a natural feeling considering how bad and pointless reboots can get (stand up when we’re talking about you, Total Recall 2012) – and is, in fact, quite an enjoyable outing.
Just so we’re clear, it doesn’t trump Paul Verhoeven’s beloved original. It lacks the over-the-top violence, the wicked satire (it does make an effort though), the cool RoboCop lines and the overall sense of satisfaction that the original sent us out of the theatre with.
At the same time, it does manage to capture the pathos of poor Detroit PD detective Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman of TV’s The Killing) and puts in enough new stuff to bring some freshness to a familiar story.
Director Jose Padilha, a Brazilian who has made two well-received crime dramas in his home country (the Elite Force films), manages to deliver some hard-edged action within the confines of the studio’s desired PG-13 rating. So while this RoboCop is a little family-friendlier than the original, it is not completely sanitised to the point of being irrelevant.