ALEX MURPHY - Robocop 1987 cost a mere $13m dollars to make and took over $53m at the domestic box office. The 2014 reboot did better worldwide than domestically with a total gross of $242m against its £100m budget – but was not particularly well received by the critics or by the audiences. The 2014 film received a 49% rating by Rotten Tomatoes against an 88% rating for the original. Sometimes classics should be left well alone, but in this case we think that the later film is in many respects better than the original, most especially on the technical quality.
The original RoboCop movie was absolutely superb is concept and execution as far as we are concerned. You are taken straight into the action such as to keep you entertained. The models of the robots are good for the time and the acting, mainly from lesser know actors is also of a high standard. It is hardly surprising then that the movie was a great success.
The sequels were not so good and reduced the impact of the original, mush the same as Jaws 2 and 3 were also pretty awful, until the 2014 remake, when finally they cast some A list actors and really got their act together with superb CGI, direction and artistic visualization.
is a 1987 American cyberpunk action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and
written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. The film stars Peter Weller,
Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, and Ronny Cox.
Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, RoboCop
centers on police officer Alex Murphy (Weller) who is brutally murdered by
a gang of criminals and subsequently revived by the megacorporation Omni
Consumer Products (OCP) as a superhuman cyborg law enforcer known as
ED 209 - A toy version of the very popular droid that malfunctioned and killed an OCP executive. We think the design is rather good. It looks to us to be based on a bipedal dinosaur with muscular arms from a weight lifter, of course with the lower arms replaced by machine canons and rocket launchers. This stocky special effects art could be made to work. We are not sure about the feet that have more sideways balance than is needed and perhaps not enough fore and aft provision to compensate for the small pivot point area.
ROBOCOP (2) 2014
To our mind the 2014 movie is a masterpiece, made really special by the performances of Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L Jackson. The supporting cast is also well chosen, working together to give us a thrill a minute and really draw us into the action, such that you can almost believe the technology is real. That is of course what the fans want to believe - and this film delivers. The truth is that robots and cybernetics will one day be something like that we see.
ED 209 - Dick Jones, the ambitious and ruthless head of Omni Consumer Products, who wants his baby to be the money maker for OCP despite the moral and legal implications.
DICK JONES - Presents his robot project to the OCP board. Unfortunately for him the droid malfunctions, leaving the way clear for a rival project to go ahead - enter Alex Murphy and RoboCop.
ALEX MURPHY - Robocop 1987 movie scene where Robocop is badly shot to bits by fellow officers and has a bad encounter with one of the ED 209 droids. Dick Jones does his best to eliminate RoboCop to regain his position as too dog in OCP.
ED 209 - A revised version of the classic law enforcement droid. It looks as though the design brief has been given to an aircraft manufacturer.
ROBOCOP - A revised version of the classic law enforcement cybernetic dream machine. We love it and we like the robots that Alex Murphy finally outperforms when he software is re-written to take out the thinking time of his human brain.
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