Robocop

Liked the orig­i­nal but dis­liked its hu­mour and mem­o­rable char­ac­ters? Here’s your dream re­make

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So this re­boot. Would we buy it for a dol­lar? Yes, just about. Its prob­lem is that Paul Ver­ho­even, who helmed the 1987 ver­sion, is a play­ful ge­nius, whereas 2014 di­rec­tor José Padilha ( Elite Squad) is merely a very com­pe­tent maker of vi­o­lent, ma­cho movies. So, all the hu­mour is stripped out (apart from, weirdly, an end­less stream of winks back to the orig­i­nal), Sa­muel L Jack­son’s Glenn Beck-style ran­ter ousts inane, ’80s-style news chimps Casey Wong and Jesse Perkins, and the de­mented vil­lains of the first Robo are re­placed by a Michael Keaton per­for­mance so re­strained he’s barely there and a com­i­cally tiny Jackie Earle Ha­ley (pic­tured). How­ever, the cen­tral ques­tions – “What makes us hu­man?” and, “Just how do you take down a 3m-tall ro­bot with rocket launcher arms?” – re­main eter­nal, and com­pelling enough to make this per­fectly ser­vice­able. $40 BD, $25 DL, out now

“Why are you stand­ing in a trench?”

Where the orig­i­nal’s Robo/ED209 bat­tle was played as stop-mo­tion com­edy, here it’s all steely CGI pre­ci­sion

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