RoboCop (1987)



It’s from the 80s, it’s from the 80s, it’s from the 80s.

RoboCop is one of those movies that was so cool when it came out, but it very quickly became dated.  While the 1986 Ford Taurus looked futuristic at the time, I just find that more humorous than anything else.

I can’t knock on this movie too hard though.  It did create a major franchise for a film with a $13 million budget.

A veteran cop in a futuristic “Old Detroit” is killed on his first patrol working in a new precinct.  Parts of his body are put into a cyborg for a new program called RoboCop.  While Murphy (Peter Weller) is now a cyborg, he retains bits and pieces of his memory prior to his death: his wife and son, his murder, etc.  He then proceeds to eliminate a lot of the crime and confront those who killed him.  There is a lot more to the story, but this is a more simplistic version.

The film has virtually no big names in its cast.  Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show) is probably the biggest name on the cast, but they work well.  Each person seems to fit well into their given role.  Weller does good in the movie’s lead role, and Nancy Allen complements him quite well as Officer Anne Lewis, his partner and someone who helps him after he’s become RoboCop.

One of the main themes I enjoyed with this movie has to do with the conflict Murphy goes through after becoming RoboCop.  The film deals with the definition of masculinity, and Murphy has to figure out his identity.  He has been killed, but given new life in a way with his scientifically created body.  However, he retains elements of his humanity.  He is a family man who is killed, but his concept and memory of family does not go away, even if most of his body is dead and gone.

While doing a little research on this movie, I found out they’re re-making this one, and it’s supposed to come out early next year.  As I’ve previously stated, I have a mild dislike and distaste for most remakes.   This is no different.  I can just see this new one being an empty shell of the original.  There are some movies can be remade (Batman, Spider-Man, etc.) that work, but this is one is one that should probably stay in the past.

I thought RoboCop was decent, but I wouldn’t say it was great.  Perhaps I think that because it was a little before my time: apparently numerous critics said it was one of the best films of 1987, but I was too young to be able to have a strong opinion agreeing or disagreeing with this.  It’s okay to watch, if you don’t mind a lot of over-the-top violence or if you need a good laugh looking at very dated special effects.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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