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YMMV / RoboCop (2014)

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  • Anvilicious:
  • Awesome Music: The wicked digital remix of the original's iconic leitmotif.
  • Broken Base: The reboot has received mixed reviews with the positive praising it for re-imagining RoboCop for today's era while the negative bashing it for not being like the original film. On the other hand, the movie did become the top-grossing film in the franchise, to many a fan's surprise, albeit unadjusted for inflation.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Despite not having that much of an active role in the main narrative, Samuel L. Jackson's character gets a lot of praise for stealing the show.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film 's North American box office gross ultimately amounted to slightly under $60 million, well short of its $100 million production cost (presumably due to competition from The LEGO Movie among others), but has grossed over $120 million abroad, most of which has been from China. The director's native Brazil comes afterwards.
  • He Really Can Act: When Joel Kinnaman was cast as Alex Murphy, the response from most fans was "Joel who?" and "Why?" Then we got to see the scene where Murphy sees what he's become, and everyone realized "Oh. That's why."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Japanese dub, Tessho Genda voices Pat Novak. The hilarity came with the fact Novak claims in his show why America is so robophobic, a very odd choice of words from someone who voiced one.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Subverted by Dr. Norton when he's asked to terminate Murphy; he even demands funding and resources in exchange. It turns out to be a ruse so he can get to Murphy and save him.
    • Sellars crosses it unambiguously by lying to Clara about her husband, then outright threatening to murder her and her son just to mock Murphy for being unable to stop him from doing so.
  • Narm:
    • Murphy grabs a worker in the factory where he wakes up and awkwardly yells at him "What am I" before pushing him away making it look like he doesn't actually care about the answer.
    • RoboCop dramatically turning the lights on after shooting everyone in Vallon's stronghold complete with musical stinger.
    • The machines removing Murphy's robotic components starts out as Tear Jerker Nightmare Fuel but the sheer extensiveness of it, with the right hand seemingly randomly being one of the few human pieces left, gets silly.
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  • Narm Charm: The sheer extent of Murphy's disassembly might be a little extreme (particularly the slightly cartoonish touches like the seemingly random inclusion of one hand, or the question of how the hell he can still talk like this). Doesn't stop it from being completely gut-wrenching and horrifying.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The sheer state of Murphy's condition after he's converted into RoboCop - there's nothing left, and nothing he can do about it either. Arguably, it's one of the few places where they actually improved on the original movie - the eerie cleanliness of it all is, in a way, far more disturbing than the cartoonishly over-the-top gore of the original.
  • Signature Scene: "Show Me," when Murphy is disassembled and he sees the full extent of the Body Horror he went through before he became a cyborg and just how little of his original body remains. This is damn near universally seen as the highlight of the film.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Most who have gone into the film felt it to be okay, if certainly not as ambitious and memorable as the original. Taking the whole franchise into account many have noted that it's not necessarily bad, and far above the sequels, tv shows and cartoons, which set the bar low enough that the remake could simply step over it.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Pat Novak is a pontificating blowhard who wants Dr. Norton in prison for blowing the whistle on exactly what OmniCorp did and was prepared to do to Murphy. While the whistleblower angle is obvious nonsense for anyone who doesn't think corporations should be allowed to do whatever they please, Norton seems to escape any legal repercussions for his own part in OmniCorp's actions, even though he testifies in front of Congress that it was his research that made it all possible. It's possible that he negotiated for immunity in exchange for his testimony, or that Senator Dreyfus pulled strings on his behalf in return for the support of the Dreyfus Act.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While it may not hold up to the original, it's almost certainly better than other RoboCop franchise installments. As for how it relates to the original, one could argue that it's a sterling example of how to do a remake correctly: not treading on or rehashing the story of the original film, but taking the same ideas in a new direction more in-line with modern culture and and problems. RoboCop's design in particular was based on Rule of Cool in-universe in both films, the remake just updates it because what corporate executives perceive as cool and marketable has changed in 30 years.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Sellars decides to taunt Murphy on his inability to arrest him by threatening to kill Murphy's family; Bond Villain Stupidity at its highest order. In all fairness, he really shouldn't have been able to do anything about it, but the Heroic Willpower trope has always been able to do the ludicrously impossible.
    • OmniCorp having the database of all open criminal cases in Detroit (which amounts to over a thousand) uploaded into Murphy's brain, apparently without doing any kind of test runs previously, right before his first official public appearance. And they either can't or won't interrupt this process, or the thought of doing that just doesn't occur to anyone.
    • Not to mention the on-the-lam murderer/arsonist who decided to take an afternoon off and enjoy the unveiling of the city's new law-enforcement cyborg.


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