Summary: The theme for the film is what will make the project a success in my opinion, because it will be a topic that will most likely be discussed well after you leave the theater; I know I was still thinking about it. The reality of it is bound to become a hot topic of debate in years to come as technology advances: is it better to be efficient or to have emotion?
Conclusion: Paul Verhoeven's 1987 RoboCop remains an unsurpassable classic, partly because it came first and partly because Verhoeven's cheerfully offensive visuals have a unique panache that no one else could hope to equal. But Padilha's 2014 version offers its own pleasures, if one approaches it with an open mind and doesn't expect it to replicate the Verhoeven experience. If the original is what you want, it's readily available .
Excerpt: The movie was ambitious beyond its budget, but thankfully all involved brought their A-game, from the cast’s inspired performances to Basil Poledouris’ operatic musical score to the innovative use of old-school special effects, to Rob Bottin’s landmark RoboSuit and makeup work. At its core were an audaciously original script and the unique filmmaking voice of Paul Verhoeven, an accomplished Dutch director making his big-screen Hollywood debut.
Excerpt: Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop was not a film that needed to be remade. With its countless memorable lines and scenes, over-the-top violence, and awesome, original sci-fi world building, the 1987 movie remains an action classic to this day (even if some of the effects can’t compare to what modern Hollywood can do).
Excerpt: The year is 2028. Robot technology is at the forefront of defense, thanks to multinational conglomerate OmniCorp. Terrorism is down with the advent of robotic drones and statistics would seem to place favour on this new line of policing. However, the Dreyfuss Act, set up to prevent drones from bearing firearms, additionally prevents this system from being used within the United States.
Summary: It�s surprising that it�s taken this long to get a definitive home video presentation of RoboCop � and only then because of the imminent remake � but MGM�s 2014 Blu-ray edition finally delivers, with very nice video quality, solid if unspectacular audio and a splendid selection of extras old and new. Paul Verhoeven�s satirical action masterpiece is just as scathing nearly 30 years after its release, and it comes very highly recommended on this remastered Blu-ray.
Excerpt: Oh man…I’m getting old. I can remember seeing RoboCop in the theaters in 1987 and being aghast at the graphic violence in the film. Granted I’ve become so desensitized to it since, it’s a mere afterthought, but at the time I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t view the film as a “good” or even “great” movie, rather I was entertained and some of the images stayed with me for years. What images?
Conclusion: Peter Weller has played a wide range of characters in his varied career, ranging from the hallucinating writer/exterminator in Naked Lunch to outright villains in 24 and Dexter to ambiguous figures such as Admiral Marcus in the recent Star Trek: Into Darkness . But RoboCop remains his signature role, and Paul Verhoeven concludes the 2012 Q&A session by paying tribute to Weller for his contribution to the film's success.