Friday, 6 June 2014

“RoboCop” Needs Oiling

Reviewed by Nancy Snipper

Boring and silly, the film gives us Alex Murphy, his loving wife and young son. Alex is a Detroit cop who ambushes a drug ring. Retaliation means setting off his car alarm at night, and as he goes to fix it, the car explodes on him. He is burned completely, except his face. Enter a robot doctor who works for some big corrupt corporation, and like Humpty Dumpty, Alex is fixed up in a machine that behaves as an automatic cop whose sensors and reactions detect and bring down any criminal. Things go wrong and Alex loses his human side, and goes rogue, trying to find the very people who tried to kill him. Of course, the crooked cops with whom he worked, even the chief of police were in on the attempt to take his life – for reasons totally unclear in the film – other than drug pay-off. In the end, Alex returns to his former self – well whatever is still left of him body-wise, but he remains in his shiny new cop full-proof suit and he is reunited behind closed lab doors with his wife and child. The plot was silly; the characters tin-like and the emotions vacant in the actors. Directed by Pedro Bromfman, the film roll ought to be boxed, put on the shelf and labelled as a cold case that need not be reopened.
What a bad film. The first one was great. It just goes to show how the entire cop force of Hollywood has deteriorated.

This film was viewed, compliments of Le SuperClub Vidéotron, 5000, rue Wellington Verdun, QC.
 Ce film a été visionné, avec les compliments de Le SuperClub Vidéotron, 5000, rue Wellington Verdun, QC.