Wednesday, 12 February 2014

MPOV: Robocop

In 2028, multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of military "robot soldier" technology, supplying the US Military with mechanical soldiers that are used overseas. OmniCorp wants to sell their products for use in civilian law enforcement in the United States but public opinion, embodied by the Dreyfuss Act, prevents this. OmniCorp CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) asks his marketing team, in conjunction with scientist Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman), to create a new law enforcement product by combining human and machine that he believes can be "sold" to the American public, and cause the Dreyfuss Act to be voted down in Congress. They begin looking for a police officer who was permanently injured to act as the core of their prototype.
Policeman Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is critically injured by a carbomb planted by crooked cops under the payroll of local crime boss Antoine Vallon. Norton picks Murphy for the RoboCop program, and after getting consent from Murphy's wife, Clara (Abbie Cornish), has him outfitted with the RoboCop body and software, which gives him enhanced strength along with instant computing information in his brain. Alex at first rejects his current condition, but is convinced by Norton to be strong for his wife and son. Rick Mattox (Jackie Earle Haley), OmniCorp's military tactician, is skeptical of Alex's abilities and points out he will never be as efficient as a fully mechanical robot. In order to make Alex perform better, Norton tampers with Alex's brain, making him believe that his tactical decisions are his own when he is actually executing programs.
While preparing for a public press conference to unveil RoboCop, Alex is emotionally overwhelmed and has a seizure while Norton is downloading the police database information into his brain. Pressed for time, Norton has Alex's brain chemistry altered, lowering his dopamine levels until he no longer displays any emotions. Under control, Alex attends the press conference, where he ignores his waiting wife and son, and efficiently apprehends a criminal in the crowd. RoboCop is a public relations success, and afterward Alex is successful in drastically reducing the crime rate in Detroit. Public opinion on the Dreyfuss Act begins to turn. Norton is told to prevent Alex from seeing his wife and son to disguise the lowered dopamine changes.
The above taken from Wikipedia.
When I first watched the trailer, it wasn't attractive enough. I thought I was going to give it a miss. How wrong I was! The movie was entertaining, filled with action balanced with drama and the CGIs were superb! Totally realistic! I was so immersed in the movie, albeit a headache! Can't believe my eyes when Alex realized his actual condition and then amazed at his will to live again for his family. If it was me, I would definitely be devastated and thinking of 101 ways to kill myself. I know it's just a movie but you know, just saying lah. Hubby said the storyline is slightly different from the original (can't remember though) but I'm good with this version especially the cooler looking suit. Really awesome!
Rating: 4/5
Directed by: José Padilha
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L.Jackson, Abbie Cornish
Genre: Science fiction action film

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