By Steven Cayer, Senior Columnist
The Detroit Police Department received a welcome addition to the force in 1987’s futuristic RoboCop. This year, in a remake of the film, a multinational conglomerate named OmniCorp is sending its robot soldiers overseas to keep the peace in the year 2028.
Meet Alex Murphy (played by Joel Kinnaman), a Detroit cop who’s chasing down a ruthless crime boss named Antoine Vallon (Patrick Garrow). On Vallon’s orders, Murphy gets blown up by a car bomb, and the event changes his life forever. With consent from Alex’s wife Clara Murphy (Abbie Cornish), OmniCorp puts what is left of the cop into a high-tech suit.
There are many differences between the original RoboCop and the remake, such as the story. The biggest difference in the plot is that the new movie focusses more on RoboCop’s humanity, and his family has much more of an impact on him and his actions. The whole first-half of the movie was fantastic for this reason.
Another big difference between the two films is the visual effects, which have grown by leaps and bounds in the past 27 years. The new movie has robot soldiers and drones everywhere, just to look cool. Interestingly, the original had more graphically violent scenes than the remake, something that rarely ever happens.
I loved this movie because it made you care about the man inside the suit. Plus, the action scenes were loud, plentiful, and fast-paced, unlike the original movie. Whether or not you’ve seen the original, you’re sure to have a good time at RoboCop.