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Trailer for RoboCop (2014)

RoboCop (2014) poster

RoboCop (2014)

When I first heard about this reboot of the original RoboCop (1987), I just had to laugh.  Hollywood continues to run out of ideas and therefore they continue to recycle old ideas.  I disagreed with this remake at first, but after seeing the trailer, I changed my mind.  Obviously technology has come a long way in the last 27 years and that could help to make this RoboCop better than the original.

The film takes place in Detroit in 2028.  A cop (Joel Kinnaman) gets badly injured and is fixed up with robot parts in order to function again.  OmniCorp is the company responsible for putting him back together again.  Instead of simply doing the bare minimum to put the cop back together, OmniCorp decides to go all out and make this part man, part robot a supercop.  The result is RoboCop.

The film is directed by Jose Padilha and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Jay Baruchel, Jackie Earl Haley, Miguel Ferrer, Aimee Garcia, Michael K. Williams, and Zach Grenier.

The film looks sort of like a cross between Dredd (2012) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).

This new RoboCop has a better cast than the original and far better technology to work with.  The deck is stacked in favor of this reboot being better than the original.  It is bound to have tons of good action and awesome special effects.

The film is set to release on 02/07/2014.

This is the End (2013)

This is the End Poster

This is the End (2013)

When you get a cast together that includes James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson, you just know that you are in for a raunchfest.  The rest of the cast were basically all cameo appearances and they included Channing Tatum, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, David Krumholtz, Chritopher Mintz-Plasse, Jason Segel, Rihanna and The Backstreet Boys.

This is the End Group

The movie is written and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, but based on the short film “Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse” by Rogen, Goldberg, and Jason Stone.

Seth Rogen basically took a page from Adam Sandler’s book and got all of his buddies together and decided to make a comedy about the end of the world.  Arguably Sandler has been doing this at least once a year, but his movies lately have been making you wish that it was the end of the world.

This is the End room fire

Each actor plays themselves in This Is the End.  They all go over to James Franco’s house for a party.  The rapture crashes their shindig and they are forced to stay holed up in Franco’s house trying to survive.

The film started out a little stale and immediately I was worried that it was going to be a complete disappointment.  Eventually the god of laughter smiled upon me and I found myself convulsing with amusement.  However, it seemed like I was simply having laughing spells.  The movie would be really funny and then it would get too cheesy and stupid and then funny again.  The Comedy seemed to cycle through all types of humor.  Sometimes it was hilarious and other times, not so much.  It was crude, crass, vulgar, stupid, tasteless, and just plain dumb.  Sometimes these things worked and sometimes they didn’t.

This is the end kitchen

Overall the movie was too inconsistent.  After a while, the inconsistency caused the film to drag on.  The humor dissolved and all that remained was tacky stupidity.  I did have a good time laughing while it lasted.

This is the End Party

I rate this movie a 6 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.