måndag 10 februari 2014
Paul Verhoevens original 1987 powerhouse of a movie is a true classic, which means that Jose Padhilas remake had a tough time from the beginning to fill those supremo shoes of gigantic squibs and melting people. Let's face the facts - the 2014 version is nowhere near the original.
I will admit my expectations were pretty damn low, I was expecting something along the line of Robocop 3, a great embarassment to the whole saga. What I got instead was something that might not actually be the perfect remake but at least a good actionflick with some pretty good acting from Kinnaman and especially Gary Oldman as the conscience of the movie. The two hours were over before I realized it which by itself is a good grade and the only things I can complain about is the fact that it is really tame when it comes to violence ( RoboCops gun has been changed to a stungun... ) and there is a little too much focus on Murphys family. And way too little ED-209. And no Miguel Ferrer snorting coke off some prostitutes breasts. Come to think of it, the characters are pretty bland compared to the original, there is nothing as fun as Clarence Boddicker here and Michael Keaton is a poor substitute for Ronny Cox which also means that the ending is nowhere near as cool as in the original.
So, in short, if you want to see a fun scifiactioneer you could do a lot worse. The original is still a hell of a lot better.