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The Robocop reboot was one of the few acts of lazy plagiarism that I wasn’t really bothered by, and was in fact looking forward to.
“WHAAAT?!” I hear some cry. “You can’t mess with a classic!”
To them I ask: Have you watched the original recently?
Unlike, say, Ghostbusters (1984), the original Robocop has not aged well, mostly because it was a satire and satirical comedy/comedy based on popular culture tends to date very quickly.
Also, because of the limitations of special effects at the time: Peter Weller now looks decidedly goofy clomping around “future” Detroit in that clunky costume. I’ve no idea how restrictive it was, but I’ve a sneaking suspicion that he took the Anthony Daniels approach to playing a robot and made a point of moving like the Tin Man in a monsoon.

The reboot has ditched the satirical slant of the original and become a character-based drama. Those hoping for a repeat of the ‘87 squib-fest will be disappointed. The new Robocop tale has more in common with Frankenstein, and dwells on Alex Murphy and his family struggling to come to terms with what he has become. There is little in the way of comical edge, Omnicorp/OCP seem less diabolical, Lewis has had a sex change and nobody melts.

Single Dollar transactions, however, are referenced.

You can’t really ask the question “Is it better than the original?” because they’re two different films that tell very different stories. One makes fun of consumerism and vast corporations, while the other is a cautionary tale of drone-based warfare. The only similarities are the title and the fact the main character is a cyborg.
Is the original good? Yes. Paul Verhoeven is a f**king genius. Robocop (1987), Total Recall (1990) and Starship Troopers (1997) are all among my favourite movies.
Is the remake good? Yes. It tells a solid story, sets in place a foundation that can realistically be built upon and doesn’t sully any fond (blood-soaked) memories. It genuinely reinvigorates the franchise rather than cheaply strip mining it for quick cash.

There is no reason why you cannot watch and enjoy both.


Peter Weller was the original Robocop. He recently starred in Star Trek: Into Darkness.....sans box.
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Kemira-608 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Well said :)
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Anion-Edge Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
I'd agree with your assessment of Verhoeven, save for your opinion of Starship Troopers.  Being a big fan of Robert Heinlein's novels, I cannot watch Verhoeven's "adaptation," without both cringing and going into a furious tirade.

This isn't to say that the man wasn't a good film maker, he just, didn't do that one piece of source material justice, in this case.
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DFX2K9 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A movie, in general, has it's work cut out if it's a novel adaptation. I've never read the novels, but given how it came out, and what little I know of the written work, the man could have done quite a bit worse. (We shall not speak of the Starship Troopers sequals, though. God help me, those where near torturous to watch)
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RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Hmn, never saw the original, but your review makes me actually want to see it now =P Thought it might be 'Yet Another Hollywood Cashgrab'
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're learning to embrace change!
This is good! Go with that!
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TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
just came back from seeing it. It was alright. certainly a lot better than I thought it would be. not a bad film, but it's hard to fully live up to the standards of the original. 
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thegoodsamaritan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huh. It's actually kinda nice to see so many other people who are excited to see this movie. See you all at the theaters!
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raieltoo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I just watched the original an hour ago. Before that, I last watched it 2 months ago. It's aged very well. A few of the special effects may not be that great, but overall, it holds up as a timeless classic.
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Chwen-Hoou Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I'm gonna pass on it. Might catch the remake on cable if it appears but not worth blowing over $5 to see it. I might go see The Lego Movie again.
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BATTILANA Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I didn't like the remake version.  It looked nice and sleek, but this guy pretty much summerises my views on the remake.
www.escapistmagazine.com/video…
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sharkbyte3827 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Just another fun fact about Peter Weller: He played as YANG, a serial killer in the series 'Psych'. 

I'm honestly a bit nervous about going to see this alternate version.  I've enjoyed the original for Peter's role as Robocop, both in voice and in his body movements.  It's as you said, the suit was no doubt constricting, but to me that added that feeling of "robotic authenticity". 
That said, from my personal experience with most revamps/remakes has left me distrustful of such films.  They're either Completely engrossed in 3D graphics the film feels like I'm being force feed the stuff.  Or they become a Michael Bay esq style film with high explosions, loud noises and love interests that look like whores.  

I will eventually watch Robocop 2.0, but I think I'll wait too hear from others who have seen it and for the netfli release.

Thanks for sharing, JollyJack.
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LPHogan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014

Hmm... that actually sounds interesting.

I feared the worst when hearing about the new Robocop, especially since I hate the "Hey! Lets do a new version of a Classic!", usually spoiling both the first and the new one in one go...

However, this sounds to be an entirely NEW movie which bears watching.

I will hold off any critism until I have seen this one.

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big-mac-the-caveman Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
that is the best robocop helmet ever. Also that description makes me want to see the new robocop even more.
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Tesla51 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Watched it, and loved the more human story of the characters.
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, you REALLY feel for the Murphys in this one. That just didn't really happen when I watched the original.
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Tesla51 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.
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mattaui Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was surprised to see the remake was turning out so well, and I'm glad to hear that they really did more of a 'reboot' than try to simply phone in an imitation.

Verhoeven is one of those directors whose movies I tend to like in spite of the fact that I don't always agree with his message. That works in cyberpunk, which is all about over the top critiques of consumerism and allegiance to company over self. I felt what he did to Starship Troopers was a travesty, however. I don't know why he didn't just make 'The Forever War', which would have been more in line with what he was trying to get at.
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RocMegamanX Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dunno....the big bold "PG-13" they slapped on it turns me off.
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should turn in your "think for yourself" card if you're gonna let a rating be the boss of you.
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RocMegamanX Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? I don't think for myself just because I think a rating might end up ruining an update for a movie that was originally R or even X-rated?
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The original Robocop was a satire of 80's consumerism and over-the-top gory movies. For that kind of gore, you needed an R rating. The remake doesn't go that angle so an R rating was wholly unneeded.

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RocMegamanX Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just hope it will be good.
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Mongoose9634 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hoh snap I was expecting to see you tear this up. I might actually go see it now lol
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Katfeathers Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, blind consumerism and greedy corporate culture still needs a ginormass satirical brick to the head.  After all .rem British Effing Petroleum.
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Quietstorm Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I'm a huge fan of the "futuristic" Ford Taurus' from the original...so space age and futuristic those cars are... /sarcasm

Nice non-spoiler review here jj
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shonasof Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! It's good to know there are others out there who can enjoy a new take on something good without jumping on the 'raar! everything such because it's different!' bandwagon.
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shonasof Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such -> sucks. I can't type.
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Digoraccoon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
About 2/3rds of the reviews I trust say it's not a bad movie. Maybe I will see it.
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Owl-Robot Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I still just don't want ot even bother. Most are just not going to have the same level headed opinion of it, and I don't want to enjoy a movie and then listen to people tear into it. That's just no fun.
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SillyMadman Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I remember watching the first movie as a kid. Good times. I think I saw all of them - first, second and the third, if there was a third.

Shut up, it was more than ten years ago.
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PassiveSmoking Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
If it really is good, then all I can say is that whoever is making the trailers must have it in for the movie because the trailers make it look like a hideously botched remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still proportions. Also I couldn't get over him having an organic hand.  It just looks plain wrong.  Does he have it in case he feels the need to have a robowank or something? 

I don't know, maybe it is good, but the trailers left me with no expectations of it being so. 
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RequiemBlockerHL Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I have to ask, why do they change the color of the suit during the movie and what is it supposed to symbolize?

Based on the previews I've seen, I can see a lot of scenes where he still retains the silvered color and a more robotic appearance in the shoulders, but then scenes that I assume take place later on change him to the black appearance and Batman suit. Is this change supposed to be a physical representation of a character change in the movie?

I get why they did the hand thing—despite that hand being blown off in the original, and the comment about saving the left hand and total body prosthesis—it helps assist the imagery of the man vs machine aspect and gives the character a very human way to interact with other members of the cast. Making it the right (primary) hand ensures that it gets a lot of screentime. Got it. While I'm upset they used a non-American brand of motorcycle, I guess the Detroit Three and Detroit itself aren't really motorcycle manufacturers; additionally, the iconic US Harley-Davidson doesn't have the same dynamism as a Kawasaki does. Whatever. Not sure why Lewis had to be made into a man, but maybe a strong female cop would have conflicted with the family/wife plot points.

But considering they start him out in silver, and the fans loved him silver, I would like to know if there was an important artistic or story-driven reason for the color change. Because hearing Michael Keaton labeling it as "tacticool" really seems dumb and insulting as a fairly hardcore Robocop fan. I grew up as a very young child with Robocop acting as a "superhero" figure akin to Batman or Superman for others, and the original movies' art really set up my love for mecha/machines.
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Owl-Robot Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I think the "tacticool" thing was probably this films attempt at satire. Black is always the default "cool".
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slorgh Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do not think I will be seeing the new Robocop, seems like just another bad action movie to me.
The big companies trying to squeeze the last out of a old classic.
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Wafflebob Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I havent seen the new one yet, but so far my only real gripes are that I think Robo looks better in silver than black, and I really REALLY liked Detective Ann Lewis and wish she'd stayed a badass female cop. 
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StriderSyd Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
But does he do robot karate?
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly, no. He does not.
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LeonKatlovre Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well... thanks for giving me more motivation to watch it ^^

I actually was interested, then learned more about it... and your journal pushed me a little more X3
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Night-eco Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for this. i want to see it for these same reasons- its not 'your' robocop. its 'my' robocop. as a kid growing up, i simply could not stomach the original, primarily because it felt cheap and gimmicy to me. This one looks like the kind of movie I can get on board with and your review makes me all the more excited to watch it.
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TheRealYuma Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So it's plagiarism of plagiarism? :confused:
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RNABrandEnt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
The original Robocop got Detroit right, though...

Prophecy? Maybe not. Reality? Yes.
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WaterWizz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh, alright. Good to hear. I haven't actually seen the original to begin with, so seeing this with a pair of unbiased eyes would be cool. 
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Loved the original, but it was very campy and a bit strange.
Plan to see the new one in the morning.
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RiftWalker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My biggest hang ups with the reboot are the "black is cooler" design choice and the decision to keep the human right hand. It looks simply ridiculous, especially when paired with the black suit. Black suit with red eye visor makes him look like an anthropomorphized Kitt.
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ChainsawGenie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Or a Cylon. 9_9

(Curse you Robot Chicken!! Redeem yourself with an Earthworm Jim sketch!) :shakefist:
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KymeraBJD Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Kind of disappointed to hear that they changed Lewis' gender. Was there a reason for that? It's an action movie so I expect it to be a light on female characters, but if they could have updated her in a really cool and positive way.
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Kibichan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I'll check it out on DVD. I just annoying that now a pg-13 film.. I miss ultra-violent  films..
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chyvaelry Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this!  I was worried when I saw the title come up, a little less worried when I saw the trailer.

Cuz...y'know...I wanna see it!

TT
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Batsimba Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
It's good to have an honest and objective fans perspective. Thank you.
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BarbecuedIguana Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Yes there is a reason, and it's because I'm sick and tired of present-day people pillaging the past for titles that everyone knows and then slapping them on movies which have little to nothing to do with the original.

It sounds to me as if this needs to be a different movie. Just like the Death Race films which had far more to do with Twisted Metal than Death Race 2000. Or the Clash of the Titans franchise - that should just be taken out back and put out of its misery.
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