As you may know, RoboCop is getting the reboot treatment and I have to admit that I’m a little excited for it. It doesn’t look that great, but it looks like a lot of fun, and at the end of the day that’s what movies are all about.
To prepare for the new movie, I decided that I would watch the original trilogy, starting off with 1987’s RoboCop. My thoughts: I loved this movie. I was really surprised that I enjoyed it so much.
One of the things that really impressed me was actually the cinematography. It was very well and interestingly shot. There were some great long(ish) takes where two people would be having a conversation and then when another pair of actors walked by the camera would shift to focus on them and their conversation. There were some interesting POV shots that could seem like the beginning of a first-person video game which sounds like a bad thing, but I thought that it worked, especially because it left you in suspense wondering what you looked like. There was one great shot that I can remember when RoboCop shows up to stop a crime and you see his shadow on the wall behind the criminals before they show him.
A lot of this movie is satire, and it works really well. That being said, if you weren’t aware of it ahead of time the violence could be really jarring. The first really violent scene actually shocked me. It isn’t expected and can be frightening. However, the fact that I’m saying this shows that it works. It is supposed to be shocking and jarring. You are supposed to feel uncomfortable. There is also some great lighter satire to be found in the fake commercials sprinkled throughout the film.
I don’t want to say much more because it’s better left to the viewer. I loved this movie and I highly recommend it. It succeeds at being both a fun action movie and asking interesting questions.