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Everything Actioncast: Robocop (2014)

This week on the Everything Actioncast, Zach and Chris revisit the 2014 remake of Robocop, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Starring Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy, 2014’s Robocop sees the Detroit cop almost killed by a car bomb after he gets too close to taking down the local crime boss, Vallon (Patrick Garrow).  Luckily (or maybe unlucky) for Alex, he’s selected to be the first cyborg police officer for Omnicorp. They have robotic drones in war zones around the globe but are legally prohibited from deploying them on US soil.  Omnicorp CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) believes Robocop can help turn the tide of public opinion and help him deploy robots in every major US city.

Zach and Chris talk about some of the things this new version does well, including the horrific view of what’s left of Murphy’s body, the action sequences, and the complicated arc of Gary Oldman’s Dr. Norton along with some of the things that pale in comparison to the original, like its self-serious tone and lack of hilarious satire, the PG-13 rating and the uncharismatic villains.

You can watch Robocop on Max if you want to get refreshed on the remake.

Next week we’re talking about Darkman, which is coming to 4K for the first time on Tuesday, 2/20.

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