Reviewed May 30, 2012
Jonathan Stigter’s review:
Finally I have seen Robocop and I am definitely happy I did. About two or three times I have tried to watch Robocop it just didn't work and I couldn't get past the first half hour. Recently I decided to give it another chance and watch the whole thing and I enjoyed it thoroughly the whole way through. Just saying the title Robocop to anyone sounds a bit on the nose and sounds like a terrible B-rate action film from the 80's, but it is so much more than that. We start off following the story of Murphy as a honest, hard-working police officer who by extremely brutal means comes inches close to death, but through a government project becomes Robocop, a badass robotic shell of the man he once was. It's a story that's not totally original but it manages to really come off genuine with it's realistic characters. Even though it can come off a little cliche' at times the scenes that take place in the police department feel like how a real one would actually function even if the chief character has become a major stereotype. I'm not going to lie and say there is so much more to the movie than the surface layer and that it has hidden themes and good messages but I will say that for an action movie it really enthrals and keeps you wandering what the title character is going to do. I actually found myself enraptured in the story about how Murphy and all his memories are still inside of Robocop somewhere and they go to really interesting places with it and really shows you what drives him to continue in his police endeavours. It really shows the tragedy of what has happened to this character and what is left of him...which I was really surprised by. The sub-plot revolving around the man that creates the project that spawns Robocop is also very interesting and works on it's own as a story of betrayal and how these huge corporations work and what success can sometimes lead to in certain situations. Even all that stuff aside the action is also lots of fun and most of it still holds up and they do a great job of making Robocop seem like a total badass even now after 25 years. So what doesn't hold up after all this time ? The main thing I have to mention would be the dialogue. Most of the time it's pretty fluid and works quite well even for our standards today, but sometimes a line will be delivered and it'll just come off as extremely clunky and a little forced. Another thing that bothered me a little was the news scenes. Everytime when of these popped up I rolled my eyes a little, at times they were humorous but I felt for the most part they were distracting and didn't need to be there at all. So apart from a few minor problems Robocop still holds up even if you have to watch a little bad animation here and a bit of clunky dialogue it is still entirely worth it when you get to see awesome action, interesting stories, engaging characters, and amazing makeup and practical effects. Robocop is worth checking out if you are a fan of action movies at all.