Do we buy RoboCop 2014 for a dollar?

In 2028, OmniCorp employ androids to police the streets of every country except the US where a bill prevents the use of robots in place of human police officers. By merging man and machine, the corporation hope to sway the American public to accept a new era of law enforcement.

RoboCop (2014) has some pretty big bio-mech boots to fill. Paul Verhoven’s 1987 genre classic looms large over pop culture. A high-concept genre film, soaked in gore and slick with satire, it’s a high benchmark for any remake.

Jose Padilha opts for a slick action film, sending the RoboCop suit through battles with Terminator-like cyborgs and a phalanx of ED 209’s, resulting in mess of CGI carnage that Verhoven’s practical effects could not hope to compete with. The action editing is sometimes too frenetic to follow, but seeing RoboCop revel in his agility is a real treat. Continue reading →

Episode 64: Robocop, Escape Plan

RobocopIs the new Robocop remake the Robocop we need or the Robocop we deserve? Mixed film quotes aside, we also discuss Schwarzenegger and Stallone’s Escape Plan plus The Past, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and the tragic passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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