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.
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.
Gangster Squad (2013)
With a huge squad of big name actors, Gangster Squad definitely had enough firepower and got the job done right. Although with such a high caliber cast, one would have to try very hard to not make a good film. With Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, who could go wrong? The supporting cast is an endless number of recognizable awesome character actors and I couldn’t name them all if I tried. Every other scene I recognized another face. I kept saying; Wow he’s in this too? Or, I like that guy. What else have I seen him in?
This could just be perhaps, Josh Brolin’s best performance. He was excellent! His role fit him like a glove.
Ryan Gosling was his usual suave and slick self. Once again he was paired with Emma Stone as they were in Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011). They were a great couple again, but her character in my opinion, did not get much of a chance to develop. She was the big love interest, but she really was not in much of the movie.
Gangster Squad is Sean Penn’s best movie since Mystic River (2003). He has quite honestly been pretty disappointing on and off the screen in the last decade. This is a solid comeback movie for him. His character far exceeded my expectations.
Speaking of comeback movies, Nick Nolte surprised us all with a major comeback and Oscar worthy performance in the movie Warrior (2011). Even though his role in Gangster Squad was pretty minor, he reminded us that he can still act.
Giovanni Ribisi never ceases to disappoint and he continued that tradition once again.
Robert Patrick’s film career peaked when he played the T-1000 robot in the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He has been in many movies and TV shows in the last 22 years since then, but none of his roles have ever lived up to T2. He gives a good supporting role in Gangster Squad.
Michael Pena and Anthony Mackie have both been up and comers for a while. The two of them were both fun additions to the film.
The filmmakers did a remarkable job recreating Hollywood in the 1940s. Everything about the movie seemed real and believable. The clothing, the cars, the buildings and surrounding landscapes, and even the way people talked and acted were all works of art in themselves.
Gangster Squad is one of the best movies that I have seen in the last year. I was only a little disappointed that Emma Stone did not get much of a chance to develop her character. Even the much lesser known Mireille Enos, who was Josh Brolin’s wife in the film, seemed to have a bigger role than Emma Stone. If the film was a little longer and had developed its female characters a little more, I think that it would have been even better. The film was pretty amazing though, and if you have not done so already, you should check it out!
I rate this movie an 8.5 out of 10.
Buy, rent, or run? Buy.