(2014) (Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action: A critically injured cop is rebuilt as a part-man, part-robot police officer in the near future by a billion dollar robot technology corporation that's eyeing that prototype as a means of increasing their profits.
- It's 2028 and OmniCorp is a multi-billion dollar corporation at the forefront of robot technology, especially as used by the military. But a law named after U.S. Senator Dreyfuss (ZACH GRENIER) prevents such drones from being used on the domestic front to battle crime, a point not lost on outspoken TV show host Pat Novak (SAMUEL L. JACKSON). To get around that restriction, OmniCorp's CEO, Raymond Sellars (MICHAEL KEATON), has tasked scientist Dr. Dennett Norton (GARY OLDMAN) to head the RoboCop program that will inject a debilitated human into a robot to create a super-enhanced crime fighting unit.
They get the chance to test that when Detroit cop Alex Murphy (JOEL KINNAMAN) is severely wounded by a car bomb planted by crooked cops on the payroll of crime boss Antoine Vallon (PATRICK GARROW). With Alex's life on the line, Norton convinces the man's wife, Clara (ABBIE CORNISH), to sign off on her husband's use in the program. With just his head, trachea, heart, lungs and one hand left, Alex is encased in an armored robot suit equipped with software that allows for scanning of criminals. But before he's put on the street, he's tested by military tactician Rick Mattox (JACKIE EARLE HALEY), all while the company's lawyer, Liz Kline (JENNIFER EHLE), and marketing director, Tom Pope (JAY BARUCHEL), try to figure out the legal and public relations waters they must navigate.
Months after the explosion, Alex is reintroduced to Clara and their young son, David (JOHN PAUL RUTTAN), as well as Alex's former cop partner, Jack Lewis (MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS), who's happy to see him back in action, as is police chief Karen Dean (MARIANNE JEAN-BAPTISTE). But Alex is a changed man, especially after Raymond orders Dennett and his assistant, Jae Kim (AIMEE GARCIA), to alter the half-man, half-robot's brain chemistry to temper as much human emotion as possible. But as RoboCop starts to clean up the streets of Detroit, there's no stopping his humanity that starts to reemerge.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Teens might be, especially if they're into violent action movies.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material.
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