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‘RoboCop’ review: meet the new model

12
Feb
2014

Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop was a singular work of pop art thanks to its sharply defined future, incisive satire of 1980s commercialism, and the almost comically patriotic idea of a savior being manufactured out of a deteriorating American industrial center. José Padilha’s new update may ultimately be unsuccessful as a remake of that 1987 classic, but it’s far from a failure. Living in Detroit circa 2028, Joel Kinnaman (TV’s The Killing) stars as Alex Murphy, a quick-tempered cop who lands in the crosshairs of an arms dealer named Antoine Vallon (Patrick Garrow) when he proves incorruptible and unrelenting. After falling victim to a car bomb, Murphy is transformed into a cyborg named RoboCop at the behest of Omnicorp CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), who wants to literally put a human face on the peacekeeping drones his corporation builds.

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