RoboCop: What You Need To Know
Reprogrammed and rebooted, the remake of sci-fi classic RoboCop is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (June 9th), here is what you need to know about it.
What’s the plot?
We’re in 2028 and we’re in Detroit, a broken, corrupt Detroit. Corruption that Alex Murphy, a good, solid cop, finds himself in the middle of. Attempting to root out a rotten colleague, Murphy is targeted by a vicious gang and after being caught in a bomb blast under his car, is minutes away from death.
Meanwhile, technology giant OmniCorp is attempting to persuade the US Senate to legalise its robotic security drones and allow them out on the streets. Seeing a chance to make a fortune, OmniCorp head honcho Raymond Sellars offers Murphy’s family the chance to keep him alive, inside one of the company's brand new robotic suits, using the same technology his drones use. Thing is, his offer isn’t as generous as it first appears…
Who’s in it?
Joel Kinnaman, star of the US reimagining of The Killing, takes the iconic role of Alex Murphy, the man inside the suit. Gary Oldman plays scientific genius Dr Dennett Norton, who creates RoboCop, while Michael Keaton portrays Raymond Sellars, the CEO of OmniCorp, billionaire owner and dangerous man. Abbie Cornish plays Clara Murphy, Alex’s wife, while Samuel L. Jackson has a brief, but memorable role with a magnificent wig as Pat Novak, a TV personality and passionate supporter of OmniCorp.
Does it deliver?
The original RoboCop was a trend setter for modern sci-fi and this updated version is very reverential, sticking to the plot almost beat for beat. The suits are shinier, the explosions are louder and everything looks that much more expensive, but in actual terms, very little has been changed. Like the original, this is a great watch.
RoboCop is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (June 9th) in hmv stores all over the UK.