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RoboCop (2014): Part Man. Part Machine. All Boring.

Robocop remake poster

Contrary to common social media wisdom, remakes aren’t always a bad thing.  From John Carpenter’s The Thing, to David Cronenberg’s The Fly, to any number of 1960’s westerns that were just unauthorized rehashes of Akira Kurosawa films, a lot of good has come out of taking preexisting ideas and filtering them through the mind of a different director.  And that, in essence, is what’s so troubling about the new RoboCop.  By all rights, it should have been good!  By no means was this a project automatically doomed to failure.  The original is a certified genre classic, far better than a lot of people give it credit for, and the concept might be even more relevant now than it was in the 80’s.  There’s so much fertile ground there, so much that could have been done with this (mostly) great cast and super-talented Brazilian director José Padilha at the helm.  Instead, we got a few frustrating moments of promise mixed with a whole lot of soul-crushing boredom.

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