February 6, 2014 6:04 pm

RoboCop – film review

Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton star in a leaden, needless remake of the 1980s movie
Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman in 'RoboCop'

Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman in 'RoboCop'

Leadenly manufactured – or perhaps from binned leftovers of the alloy used for biomechanical policemen – RoboCop is the remake no one needed. Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton as semi-mad scientist and corrupt tycoon chew the scenery, only to find it as synthetic and flavourless as everything else. That includes a super-dull Joel Kinnaman as RoboCop and the human policeman he supposedly is/was before being reduced to a head, a hand and two lungs. Brazilian director José Padilha (Elite Squad) brings Latin fire to the action scenes, none to the long ones between.

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Nigel Andrews


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