This past weekend I went and got my futuristic crime fighting on by seeing RoboCop (2014). I originally had some reservations when I first heard about the remake, much the same way I had reservations about Total Recall (which actually ended up being a really well done remake), but then once they start showing the promos with RoboCop in tactical black I started to feel that excitement brewing inside of me.
I don’t think I’m spoiling too much when I summarize the story being about Officer Alex Murphy who is critically injured and then melded into the machine to become RoboCop. The extent of his injuries in this movie is shocking to say the least, and the two scenes where you see Murphy (or what’s left of him) without the RoboCop suit really puts an interesting perspective on the whole “quantity versus quality of life” argument, at least in my opinion.
My big complaint about RoboCop is that it fails to convey just how bad crime supposedly is in America, much how the Hunger Games movie fails to convey just how hungry everyone is which is something the book does very well. This is a critical element of the story, and one that is absent. I would have thought, especially with Detroit filing bankruptcy and whatnot, that they could have at least gotten this element right. The message of how drones and non-human combatants are bad is absolutely lost because, if I lived in the type of America they portrayed, well hell I’d be against it too. Why do I need a robot or a drone when lawns are manicured, cops can afford nice cars, houses with driveways and private security systems, and everything looks pretty damn pristine. The original RoboCop (1987) made this dystopic point abundantly clear with a number of crime scenes, a dilapidated police headquarters, and violence against average citizens galore. For that matter, I think it’s pretty amazing how accurate that movie’s portrayal of the future is.
So yeah, it was an alright movie and I’d buy it for a dollar… but that’s going to be my best offer.