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  # 988193 16-Feb-2014 13:03
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urban: Eagerly awaiting to hear what you fellow geekzoners think about the new Robocop...   ;)


I saw it on Friday night.  5/10  I had the choice of American Hustle or Robocop, and I reckon I made the wrong choice...

Like a couple of others here, I'm a Verhoeven fan, so I was always going to be a bit cautious about a Robocop remake.  I went in knowing full well that it would struggle to match the original.  But even with that foreknowledge I still struggled to like it.  It just seemed to lack a soul - the wife and kid story didn't really resonate for me, and the "evil-ness" of Omnicorp just felt really bland.  Perhaps that says something quite disturbing about how we view modern multinationals, that they didn't seem that evil.  In the original, Omnicorp felt "omni", whereas this new version just came across as the Apple of the robotics world.  

(potential spoilers ahead)

Also - in the original it was the failures of the ED-209 that prompted the fast-tracking of the Robocop project, but here all the other robots are "perfect" and faultless, and it's the absence of humanity that is the impetus for the new Robocop.  So their "evil" plan is to spend $2.4bn to create a human cyborg to make the people love the idea of a robot, thus driving popular opinion to sway political opinion and repeal the legislation to allow them to make $600bn by deploying a bunch of robots which bear no resemblance to the Robocop that the people love? Uhhhh - what?  As "evil" plans go, it's about as evil as the trade blockade story at the start of The Phantom Menace...  And while the return on investment looks pretty good, it's probably just as simple to "not be evil" and invest that money in cybernetics prosthesis and make a "killing" in the medical industry.  Without any kind of real villain, the whole movie lacks a focus.

In the end, there were just too many things that didn't work.  They were trying very hard to bring a new take on the ideas that the original presented, but couldn't really come up with anything interesting to say.





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  # 990064 18-Feb-2014 23:13
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Well I finally got around to watching the Robocop remake last night...

Firstly I'm a fan of Padilha's work, especially Bus 174 and the Elite Squad series. 

Sure the Robocop remake lacked the intensity and grittiness of his earlier work, and the reshoots/script problems didn't help but I actually enjoyed it for what it was.  Flawed sure. Fun? Hell yes!

7/10


 
 
 
 


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  # 990179 19-Feb-2014 09:53
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The Birds - 8/10 Enjoyed this classic. Would have been nice to have a reason for the birds acting in that way otherwise good story. Effects held up well also.

Public Enemies - 6/10 While the story was interesting I struggled with being entertained. I also found it hard to hear the speech as audio quality seemed very poor.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - 6.5/10 Again interesting but I just found it a hard watch. Found it a bit odd/confusing at the start which put me off.

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  # 990562 19-Feb-2014 15:52
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Robocop 2014 - not as awful as expected but still pretty feeble 4/10

Hero BD - arghhh Disney screws over another foreign film - so-so video, poor sound - only the dubbed track gets hd treatment, original language is compressed dolby digital 4/10

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  # 994090 25-Feb-2014 13:20
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- The Wolf of Wall Street. 9/10

Great movie, really enjoyed it, which is rare for me these days. I've become a real hardass on movies, most Hollywood rubbish just won't do. 

- The Matrix!

Need I say more?

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  # 994382 25-Feb-2014 19:39
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Stripes. 9/10

First thing I did when I got home from work. RIP Harold Ramis!

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  # 996931 1-Mar-2014 11:15
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ditto, ghostbusters - 8/10

also;

inside llewyn davis - i'm not the biggest cohen fan but this is a superb 9/10.
if the idiots at the academy awards had any film nous this would have garnered major nominations instead of getting snubbed. my pick for film of the year over fluff like american hustle and wolf of wall street.

frozen - 4/10
another syrupy disney dreckfest, even the little kids i screened it for got bored and went outside to catch cicadas.

damage - 7/10
luis malle film of creepy jeremy irons going full retard over son's fiance juliette binoche.


 
 
 
 


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  # 997082 1-Mar-2014 15:10
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Dallas Buyers Club - 8.5/10.

Easy Oscar material from Matt Mc whom I normally avoid because he has a history of wishy-washy rom-com roles. He is excellent in this excellent movie and certainly somebody I will now take seriously.


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  # 997169 1-Mar-2014 16:48
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12 years a slave. 7/10.

Experience weakened by having read (free) the book which gave a better impression of passing of the years and how lucky he was in many respects. Ie musican made him more valuable. Mentioned how he became oversear in the fields and whipped others ( more gently)

Should have also included references to how the north had legislation to encourage the governor to getup a group to get him back.

A postscript / epilogue showing how difficult it was to actua lly find him once the were in the south as he had a different name. Would have been a chilling to have scene where they rescuers are unable to find him and are about to give up... Only to track him down because the carpenter was known to be anti slavery and the sheriff guessed he might be the author if the successful letter so they searched the plantations where he worked....

Brad Pit is too famous for me to suspend disbelief unfortunately...

A.

Read the book from the internet as copyright is well expired

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  # 997666 2-Mar-2014 17:53
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Restrepo. 10/10

seriously, f*** that stuff.

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  # 997677 2-Mar-2014 18:13
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myusername:
- The Matrix!

Need I say more?


Never seen it / them, but rumouredly they are working on new Matrix movies, possibly prequels.

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  # 997940 3-Mar-2014 08:49
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Buzz Bumble:
myusername:
- The Matrix!

Need I say more?


Never seen it / them, but rumouredly they are working on new Matrix movies, possibly prequels.


There is no spoon!

Cool, more Matrix.

I didn't like 12 Years a Slave. 5/10. Came off like a series of events, not a story that enveloped.

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  # 997965 3-Mar-2014 09:50
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American Hustle: 6/10 - Bit long for my liking, good acting though.

Dallas Buyers Club - 8/10 - Great performance by McConaughey, and a pretty good well paced story too.

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  # 998006 3-Mar-2014 10:45
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Rush - 8/10

A very enjoyable film about the "rivalry" between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, focussing on the 1976 championship.  As someone who knows almost nothing about F1, it was easy to watch - the focus was less on the sport and the racing, and more on the characters and their motivation.  Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth do great jobs of bringing the characters to life.  What I especially liked is how they contrasted the different approaches of each driver - the romanticised ideal of the reckless, seat-of-the-pants Hunt vs the calculated, straight-as-an-arrow Lauda - but didn't moralise on which was "the right way."  Instead, both approaches are shown to have advantages, and Hunt and Lauda are shown to be different sides of the same coin.

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  # 998120 3-Mar-2014 12:59
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Not as good as the original, but Terry Crews does a good job as the lone police officer on the island again.

Scene stealers are the various foodimals. And Steve.

5/10




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