Robocop

I think I can see why they wanted to remake this movie. I may not have seen Robocop before tonight, but I definitely knew 90% of the plot and major moments before sitting down to watch this one. Its a touchstone. Of course, remaking something so iconic is risky, and I hear it didn’t work out. Seems like a shame to me.

I like me some near-future cyberpunk dystopia, and this is a good example of it. The world is terrible, and the Evil Corporation is evil, but some regular folks are alright. Not many, but enough. All good tropes of the genre. Though given just how widely know this movie is, I do wonder if any of those genre staples originated here.

The thing that surprised me most is how well all the special effects stand up. I mean sure, they show their age, but they look old without looking bad. They have aged gracefully.

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Good:

  • The future of law enforcement is a terrible murderbot
  • Scientist bedside manner
  • Drum beats for footsteps
  • Fake 90s commercials
  • STAIRS, MY ONLY WEAKNESS

Bad:

  • Body horror
  • If you’re wiping his memory, why bother with organic components at all?
  • Not turning off the malfunctioning cyborg while you have the chance
  • More body horror

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