It was Valentine's Day and while most of the world shared in roses, chocolate, and other candy delights there were some that took advantage of remake movie weekend. There were three movies that premiered this weekend which have some reasonable predecessors: About Last Night, Love Actually, and Robocop. This weekend review avoided the sappy love stories and went with intense explosions and action sequences to get the heart pumping.
Creating remakes are always a challenge and often sore subject for die hard fans of the original films. Before the viewing of the film, Robocop, I had asked some of the WOWT 6 News Daybreak crew members what their thoughts were on the reboot. Our Daybreak Director stated that he wasn't all too thrilled to begin with about the release, but after a friend saw the movie and had some positive things to say that he would get it a try. Rusty Lord and Matt Smith had somewhat of an opposite opinion. Rusty was not interested in seeing it what so ever. Matt is from Michigan and grew up with the classic franchise. He was excited with heavy disdain for the new film. His opinion could be validated with the following review.
The issue with creating remakes is capturing the essence of the original, while reinforcing new content. Like the original, the main storyline stays the same. Detective Alex Murphy is critically injured and undergoes an experimental operation to save his life. The operation fuses organic and cybernetic body parts; cyborg in short. Science fiction stories such as this always revolve around the issue of how humanity is retained within the subject, which can create some fantastic internal struggles and test of character. This was certainly a theme that played for about one third of the original film and was justifiably rewarded. However, this new story spends hardly any time on the internal moral conflict and does not feel like it was rewarded. The satirical portrait of a global culture dependent on law enforcement operated by machines seemed to be the larger overall theme, but the pacing of the film doesn't do that much justice either and seemed like it ended two or three times before the credits rolled. It was overall fun to watch and definitely better than Robocop 3, but this movie would justifiably be a rental or guilty pleasure DVD or Blu-Ray purchase.
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