Wow, it’s been a while. But in what better way to boot things back up again, then to take a look at the latest installment of the (now of annoying proportions) trend that is Remakes. Yes, you guessed it. I’m talking about Robocop.
The definitive 80’s action-flick has now gone under the remake-treatment…. and the verdict? Oh yeah, I’m definitely recommending this one, no doubt about it and I’m also pretty sure that I’ll be going to see it at least once more before it stops showing. Why? Because it was just that awesome! Sure it had its flaws, but I dare you to name a remake that didn’t. Couldn’t think of one? I thought so! But enough about that, let’s talk about the movie as it is…
First off, when I saw the first trailer, I got a mixed bag of feelings toward the movie. I felt that it had the potential to be a hit, or it could tank completely. The main thing that worried me was the fact that they made him black (“Make him more tactical, make him more… let’s go with black”). My initial reaction was, WHAT?! NO!!, but… it worked. Another thing that made me crinch was that he was riding a motorcycle. Robo’ shouldn’t ride a motorcycle, he should be burning rubber, bouncing his way out of the garage. But, again… it worked. It was actually pretty damn awesome!
Another thing I felt kinda unnecessary was the “Novak Element”, the Sam. Jackson-portions of the film. It did draw some necessity from the political aspect of the plot, but I do feel that the film in itself could have been just as good without it, I have to say. Never the less, it’s always fun to see Samuel L. Jackson on screen (even though he is in everything). “But how did the movie stand in comparison to the original?” you ask? Well, honestly… I’d say it can stand proud. Sure, it could never take its place as a cult classic, but (as long as it’s a hit at the box office) it will definitely spawn a new franchise of its own, I’m sure of it…
I also have to say that, even though Peter Weller was a fantastic Robocop (no, not just because he was THE Robocop), my countryman Joel Kinnaman did one hell of a job in both his role as detective Alex Murphy and Robocop. Without a single shred of doubt in my mind, Kinnaman is on the verge of exploding into Superstardom, and I can’t wait to see him in more blockbusters like this!
Well, you know me, I’m not for prolonging anyone’s experiences by drawing stuff out to the extreme, so I’ll conclude this “review” with these words; If you haven’t had the chance to see this film, I highly suggest that you do, as soon as you possibly can, because it was well worth the otherwise overly priced ticket.
So, until next time…. how are you?