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MOVIE REVIEW: A new, and somewhat improved, 'RoboCop'

By: Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee
February 13, 2014 Updated: February 13, 2014 at 9:27 am
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photo - Joel Kinnaman plays "RoboCop" in the remake. Courtesy  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
Joel Kinnaman plays "RoboCop" in the remake. Courtesy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). 

Starring Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish; directed by Jos?Padilha; 110 minutes; PG-13 for disturbing images, language, drug use; B

The reboot of "RoboCop" uses the basic blueprint from the 1987 movie starring Peter Weller. It's been modified and updated to create a sleeker design, but it is not as intellectually cutting-edge.

Big business has become the new go-to villain now that the Russians aren't as scary, making the film less of a cautionary tale about how machines are taking over our lives and more one focused on the evils of corporate America.

Just like the original, the new "RoboCop" focuses on Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), a first-rate cop who becomes the target of one of the top criminals in near-future Detroit. After an explosive attack, his brain and the few other remaining parts of Murphy worth saving are put into a robot body.

The new "RoboCop" shows we have the technology to build a sleeker, faster and more powerful version of the original film. But the new movie isn't as crisp when it comes to its political and social messages.

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee

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