By Jorge Figueiredo - July 5th, 2014
I have mixed feelings when it comes to film remakes. When it was announced that director Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 splattery classic, Robocop, was to be remade, I wasn’t sure how to feel. The bloody, futuristic sci-fi gore-fest was probably one of the most (if not the most) violent and visually graphic films that I watched in my youth. It was also one of the most socio-politically charged, delivering an unflinching commentary on America’s inability to deal with crime, thanks to the amount of corruption that was (and frankly still is) present in so many levels of the corporate and government worlds. Even after being disappointed by remakes of other films that I had previously enjoyed from my past, there was still a small part of me that was hoping for a win in José Padilha’s take on a cyborg working against a system that created him – a system that he was made to protect. I’ll be perfectly honest; Padilha’s film, which uses some of the same story notes as the original, is not as shocking or hard-hitting as Verhoeven’s Robocop – but I think that it is a better film once the goggles of nostalgia are removed.
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