Featuring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Abbie Cornish, Robocop has a strong cast to buff an already great film with solid writing and great action. The characters can feel a little one dimensional at times, but on the plus side this movie almost got me to cry mid-way through, so the characters must have some gravitas if a sci-fi action movie about robotic law enforcement could get me to feel emotion. Props to Jose Padilha for directing with such precision and expertise, in that regard.
Action is minimal (probably less than fifteen minutes of the whole film), but it’s enjoyable and extremely violent, in clever ways. I won’t spoil anything, but the PG-13 rating means nothing if you’re going into this movie wanting an ultra-violent remake akin to its 1987 counterpart.
To be honest, this is probably one of the best sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen. Short, sweet bouts of action, witty dialogue full of A-class writing and references to the original, meaningful character relationships and strong acting make this one of the most memorable robot gunslinger films I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. While there are some sketchy plot points near the end, the film as a whole is a fun ride if you want something deeper than your average sci-fi film; one that mixes the action you came for with a healthy dose of unexpected emotion and depth. With some haunting imagery and moral questioning regarding the augmentation of the human body, Robocop is a provocative remake that really strikes home in our modern age where these sorts of fictional plots are becoming closer and closer to reality.