Dunno whether I'll go see the Robocop remake on the big screen. Seems the sort of thing I'd be likely to enjoy more on my own of a Saturday night with the wife away, the children a-bed and a couple of drinks on board.
Reviews haven't just been mixed. They've been violently at odds.
iO9, who I trust on all matters geekly loved it with an unnatural physcial love that would be illegal in Kansas. Their write up/rubfuck described it as 'a pitch-perfect, badass update of a movie that is practically legendary'. The whole thing is here, and is spoilerific in parts, although it didn't much bother me.
"Filmmaker José Padilha does a brilliant job updating this scenario for a world where soldiers are working with robots in combat zones every day. And he retains the subversive politics of the original, too. We begin with a segment from a right-wing TV program, The Novak Element, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson doing a fantastic parody of a FOX commentator...
One of the central questions in Robocop is whether Murphy truly is human by the time Omnicorp is done with him. Is here merely a robot who thinks he's Murphy? In one of Murphy's training sequences — set to the music of classic prog band Focus — we discover that when he's in combat mode he "thinks he's in control" but actually the robot is making all his moves for him. "It's the illusion of freewill," Norton says. But this movie is smart enough to get us wondering about whether freewill is always an illusion, especially in a combat situation. Are we not always, to a certain extent, just acting out orders and doing what our bodies have been trained to do?
You'll be surprised at how deep the science fictional speculation is here. The action is pretty damn fun too. And Padilha keeps us focused on the bigger political picture by including several more hilarious segments of Jackson ranting on The Novak Element."
Over at Wired, however, the Angry Nerd is, well, angry.
Very very angry. Bad bad robocop.