Robocop Review – A Remake Worthy Of Your Attention

Justin Bolger

Justin Bolger is a film and television enthusiast, especially sci-fi, fantasy, and/or comics related. Among his favorite shows are the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Frasier, and Doctor Who. If there's an expansive universe with a deeply ingrained mythology behind it, chances are Justin is a big fan. He looks deeply (sometimes too much) into the subtext of a story and can talk for hours (enthusiasm, right?) about the themes and ideas behind them. He also laughs way too hard at the jokes they print on the backs of Laffy Taffy wrappers.

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  • Jessica Breaux

    This is one of the few reviews I’ve read that actually judges this RoboCop on its own merits and not in comparison to the 1987 film. Thank you! I agree with your assessment and I thoroughly enjoyed this film. The plot is disturbingly relevant considering the current debate about the use of drones in modern warfare, but I really enjoyed the more emotional focus of the film.

    The movie asks some pretty difficult questions regarding Murphy: Is he a man or a machine? Is he a person or property? Does it violate his basic human rights to take away his choice and his ability to feel? Does he even have basic human rights? What makes someone human? Is Murphy even still Murphy? These aren’t questions the film necessarily answers, but it does ask them. The push/pull between Murphy’s humanity and his operating system provided what I consider some of the films most engaging moments. The action was also well done. Despite some herky jerky cutting during the fight at OmniCorp HQ, I still found most of it entertaining if not overly innovative.

    Excellent review, and thank you for reviewing THIS film as opposed to the 1987 film. :)