It’s 2028 and robot drones enforce the peace everywhere – except in America. Robotmaker, Omnicorp, needs to sway public opinion in order to muscle in on the profits – but how?
Enter Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), the clean Detroit cop just taken out by a car bomb. We have the technology to rebuild him but is he man or metal? Ethical threads inevitably give way to lots of special effects action and a body count – though very little actual blood. Acting is not so much ‘wooden’ as ‘metallic’.
This is a very different Robocop to the late eighties original – less cult noir and with more emotional intelligence. Samuel L. Jackson’s right-wing talk show host keeps his tongue firmly in cheek but doesn’t quite save the film. (GW)