I think deep down a remake is supposed to take whats best from the original, scrap what didn’t work and try and become its own film.
That seems to be what they TRIED to do with the remake of one of the most beloved characters in the world of science fiction, RoboCop. TRIED being the keyword.
I won’t bore you with the backstory of the film because at this point it’s become old hat suffice to say that in the original film, you cared. You gave a damn what happened to Office Alex Murphy. I won’t say that you sat there and took every blow he took, or felt every bullet that he did, but you care enough to make you invested in the story. In this remake, I cared NOTHING for him. He could have been made out of aluminum and “PEPSI: The Choice of a New Generation” draped across his chest and it would have made me like him a little bit more because at that point at least he’s serving as a tool for commerce.
In this film, the struggle for Alex Murphy to find himself is almost nonexistent and is replaced with a guy in a cool black suit.
Another thing that this film missed out on was the filth that was Detroit. The real scum and villainy that awaited Murphy out there on the streets. Instead of the charismatic villainous Clarence J. Boddicker, we are given some Die Hard reject for a bad guy who’s name I can’t even remember.
Instead of them putting the satire out there and letting the audience sift through it for ourselves, they have Samuel L Jackson take on a role of a Bill O’Reilly, and walk us through the updated satire like little kids that need someone to walk them home because they are lost. Is that really what we’ve become?
The film was just a bunch of self serving character development. It served to move the plot along, but never gave it a chance to evolve.
Now don’t get me wrong, the performances of Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman were amazing and I really wanted more of them, but outside of them, the film really fell flat on its face.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to play some Nukem.