I’ve said on many occasions, re-makes are a very tricky element. It doesn’t matter if it’s the re-make of a good movie or a bad one. Unfortunately, every writer and director thinks they can improve on a film or make their movie better than it was originally done. Usually the reason a film was successful in the first place was because of originality. When you remove a key aspect of a movie’s success, you are already starting from behind.
One of the many re-makes is the recently released Robocop. Robocop is based on the 1987 movie in which a badly injured police officer is used as an experimental new hybrid robot/human police officer in an effort to clean up the streets of the violence in futuristic Detroit. With Peter Sellers in the original and almost iconic role, as far as action fanatics are concerned, the original Robocop was cool and inventive. It was law enforcement’s answer to The Terminator.Directed by action film director Paul Verhoeven it had all the right pieces.
That brings us to the present day where we now have a new Robocop… Unfortunately. Alex Murphy is critically injured and a giant defense corporation takes on the experiment of turning him into the first super robocop. With a Washington Senator with a lot to lose opposing the experiment and production of the robocops, it sets up a battle that popular talk show host Pat Novak, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Alex Murphy soon discovers the unfortunate truth behind his injuries and the corporation and police station that saved his life. The depth of the corruption on all sides soon threatens Murphy’s family leading to a showdown with Omnicorp’s weapons and Murphy.
The action is bigger and the special effects are better, but it’s just not the same. Robocop is a very predictable story with weak acting, even from respected actors like Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton. Not to mention that Samuel L. Jackson is so out of place as a talk show host it’s disturbing. I just kept waiting for Jackson to plug a Capital One card.
Despite a notable cast the film feels very flat. If you don’t care much about story and chases and shootouts is your thing, you will definitely be entertained by this movie. If you are hoping to see it usurp the original, think again. It’s another big budget re-make that crashes hard.
It’s a little late but, we recorded our thoughts on the passing of the great Phillip Seymour Hoffman and wanted to get it posted for you to listen. Hope you enjoy. Feel free to leave your thoughts on him as well in the comment section or on our Facebook page.
Tom Cruise is still one of the most bankable stars in the world, despite what people think of him personally. That being said, his last few movies have been a far cry from the hits that made him the star that he is. His last film, Oblivion was just flat out not that good.
Cruise looks to re-enter the sci-fi genre with his newest film, Edge Of Tomorrow. Cruise will play Lt. Col Bill Cage who, while fighting extra terrestrials is stuck in a time loop of his last day of the fight. This leads him to become better skilled at fighting his foe. Directed by the underrated Doug Liman and written by the talented Christopher McQuarrie, it has all the makings of a hit. One problem though, it sounds like Groundhog Day with aliens. We shall see if this team can pull out a hit or not.
Eight years ago, Zach Snyder made a name for himself with the most revolutionary film since The Matrix. When Zach Snyder made the, somewhat historical, 300. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, who was still riding a high from his success from Sin City, it took special effects and a vision unlike any other to make people stand up and notice. Snyder made a star out of Gerard Butler along the way of telling the story of the Greek state of Sparta, that was proud and had the greatest infantry ever assembled and their fight against the Persians. It was a film that seemed unlikely to produce a sequel, but it got the creative minds in Hollywood working overtime. Behold! A sequel was born. I use the term “sequel’ lightly, it was a sequel like The Godfather II was a sequel. It was part prequel, part parallel and part sequel.
300 Rise Of An Empire tells the beginning of Sparta and their epic fight with Xerxes through the narration of Queen Gorgo (Lena Headly). We are shown the rise of the powerful army and their single fight with Persia, that lead to Greece uniting as one and becoming the most powerful world power of it’s time.
The sister of Xerxes, shows to be the one pulling the strings of the powerful Persian Naval force. Once she decides to take on Themistocles in a battle after a failed attempt to turn him to her side. A massive battles ensues resulting in battles unseen in the original 300, yet going on at the same time that unites a powerful Greece to take on the Persians and establish its reign.
With a story more in depth and a much larger cast and budget than the original film, it leaves graphic novel fans and even history fans with, much to love. Eva Green without a doubt steals the movie as the evil Artemisia she exudes the power and hunger someone in her position can have.
The film doesn’t live up to the original for one reason, the original has already been made. That is not to say it’s not as entertaining or as action packed. It is a perfect follow up to what was truly a sleeper hit of the year it came out. This film will not sneak up on anyone but it will have you enthralled and enjoying every stylized minute.
On our triumphant return to podcasting, Ben and I discuss and debate the career of Leonardo Dicaprio and whether or not he has earned an Oscar yet. Go here and save the page to get our app: http://loveyourmovies.podbean.com
9 years ago Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and a little help from Quentin Tarantino made one of the most visually stunning films, Sin City. Staying so true to the book that it was literally a moving, breathing version of the graphic novel.
Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Miller are back at it again with new characters and old ones. They are looking to improve on what they did 9 years ago. And the new teaser trailer gets you excited for another trip to Sin City.