So, the 2014 Robocop is bad, but not god-awful, I should be happy, but it means I've got less to talk about, yippie.
Look, what you're getting here is by all means, what you expect, or rather less, because it never goes as awful as one would expect from a reboot. This time we get a lot less satire, so the little we get is appreciated, despite having no charm. The violence is toned down, meaning nothing brutal ever comes on, but you get some "cool" explosions, so it's not all gone. The actors are giving it some effort, so we aren't bored, but we also just can't find the characters to be compelling at any time. Everything is bad, but competent, so it's a chore to watch, but it's not a long, dull sit through. This is nothing.
I should be more pissed, the original is such a bad ass film, the action, the gore, the characters, everything makes it one of the best films of its kind. This movie, this is just nowhere near that, it also doesn't even seem to care that it's not. I'm not even sure if this wanted to start a franchise, because it doesn't really even attempt to build a world, I'm thankful, but at the same time I wish it tried, that way I'd have a harsher reaction.
The only thing that kind of comes close to pissing me off, is in the change in Robocop's human partner, in the original we had a bad ass woman, which felt progressive. This time we get a guy, sure he's not just some white guy, so diversity is present, it just feels like a step back regardless. The only thing that maybe prevented my anger here, is that the partner doesn't really do much, so I just shrugged it off.
I should be more mad, but I'm honestly just tired, I'm tired of origin stories, I'm tired of modern movies acting like the first movie can't feature heroes already in the middle of their job, I was just bored, tired and uncaring to this.
If you need a decent action film, this may be for you, but I honestly would prefer you watch, or re-watch the classic, it's way more violent.
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Written by Octaviano Macias