Pause for kids 14 & under
Lots of gun violence in super-cop sci-fi remake.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Robocop is a remake of the 1987 action classic that's less bloody than the original, but still fairly violent, with intense, frequent gun battles, thousands of bullets flying, and dead bodies (with very little blood shown). We briefly see gory photos of the main character after an accident, and his organs are shown inside the RoboCop armor. There's one moment of sexuality as the main character, still a human, kisses his wife and falls onto a bed with her (she is shown wearing a bra). Language is infrequent, but includes a few uses of "s--t," as well as "bitch" and "a--hole." (One use of "motherf----r" is bleeped out.) In one scene, RoboCop arrests some drug dealers/users and then busts a drug lab. Overall, it's not nearly as good as the original film, but it's a solid effort.
- Families can talk about the movie's violence. How intense is it? What can make violence in a film feel more intense? Is it blood, realism, close-ups?
- How does the remake compare with the original? What are the main themes of the two movies?
- How human is the RoboCop character? How does his humanity compare to that of the movie's villains? Where does the movie draw the line at being human?
The good stuff
Messages: The movie has two big themes. One is a question of humanity: how human is human, and where is the line drawn? The sub-theme is one of politics: how much freedom should one give up for the promise of safety? The movie also has something to say about greed: the employees at the company building the robots seem to be more interested in profits than in making safe machines.
Role models: It's hard to argue for RoboCop as a role model, since he's both so tormented and so emotionless, and also because he's sometimes prone to unprovoked violence. But on a very surface reading, he's a pretty cool superhero, and one that tries to uphold the law.
What to watch for
Violence: The movie is filled with guns, shooting, and dead bodies, but it just barely achieves a PG-13 rating by showing hardly any blood. There are a few cuts and scrapes shown, and when one character is shot, we see a spray of blood (and a pool of blood from under his corpse). Thousands of bullets fly in this movie. Suicide bombers are part of the story. A robot shoots a teen boy holding a knife (he's determined to be a "threat"). The hero is caught in an explosion, which ravages his body. We see brief images of his wounds as well as his organs inside the RoboCop armor and some creepy "operation" footage. RoboCop sometimes beats people up with his hands, rather than with his guns.
Sex: Before the accident, when the main character is human, he is shown passionately kissing his wife. He removes her top, and she is shown wearing a black bra. They fall onto the bed, kissing, but they are interrupted.
Language: Language is infrequent, but includes a few uses of "s--t." Other words include "a--hole," "holy Christ," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "ass," "crap," and "bitch." A TV commentator uses the words "motherf----r" and "horses--t," but these words are bleeped.
Consumerism: Not applicable
Drinking, drugs and smoking: RoboCop catches some young men doing a drug deal. When he scans one of them, the readout comes up as "totally stoned." This arrest leads RoboCop to a drug lab, and we see quick images of various workers making illegal drugs before the hero arrives and shuts it down. Additionally, in an early scene, the hero (as a human) is seen having a beer at home after work.
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Saw the pre-screening by wcarino03
It's a decent movie. Not bad, not good, but I think it's worth to check out to compare to the original. Basically same premise except Murphy has a male partner whereas the original had a female partner. The 2014 Robocop is sleeker, slimmer, & faster. I would see this again because it seemed the pre-screening was in standard definition.
Good effects, fantasy about politicians by eyeseemovie
It was good to see the transition from person to robocop, though he wasnt that injured to be left with the organs he was left with. You will ask what is the point of Morgan Freeman, annoying and explaining the movie wasnt necessary.
The fantasy concerning politicians, they seem to be honest and want to do what the public wants, as opposed to what they do automatically, do what the corporations want, so it would be easy for a company like Omni to get its laws passed with no problem in current times. Overall was decent to watch.
Robo cop by lquixdra
As a regular, female-type movie-goer, I couldn't disagree with all these high-falutin' critics more - when I go to see a movie, I want to be ENTERTAINED, and this movie definitely was entertaining. The most memorable part of the first Robocop was the emotional struggle that Murphy went through as he tried to reestablish contact with his humanity and his past-that is what stuck in your mind afterwards. And that was successfully carried out again in this movie but with just enough of a difference to make it interesting again. I thought the lead actor, Joel Kinnaman, did an excellent job in portraying the horror of seeing what the medical staff had done to him, his struggle to adapt to his new circumstances and his ultimate fight, again, to re-embrace his humanity and his family. As a nurse, I was poignantly reminded of working with young spinal cord victims, particularly quadriplegics, suddenly robbed of their bodies as they used to know them. Gary Oldman was marvelous too.Go see it.
Better than the Original by vulcanfuryL10
More special effects, more cursing. This was kid friendly? No. There was a lot of violence inside the movie, so I wouldn't recommend taking your kids unless you absolutely have to.
Not so great by tmazzone
I thought it was very juvenile,..My 14 y/o thought it was great. I resent having to wait till 6:45 for the 6:20 movie to start because of the insane amount of trailers,..
Slept Right Through It by frozenleafmedia
The previews were more exciting than this Robocop Remake. Don't waste your time or money going to see this future Razzie winner in the theater, just wait for it to come out on DVD! Zzzzzzzzzzz
Very Good Remake by egutierrez1
Had a lot of action but could have been a bit longer with more detail. Overall it was a good movie and I would watch it again.
If you think your interested in this concept you should go & see it by Viperd650r
I have seen the original Robo Cop and I though it was good. But it has been years since that movie came out so i hope people realize hollywood has the ability to make this movie more futuristic then when the original came out. Robo Cop is much more as you would expect him to be in the future than before, quick and efficient. The story for the movie is good enough that even if your not a action buff you might enjoy it, even my girlfriend liked this movie and romantic movies are more her style. The movie has a great mix of each. Hopefully great efforts like this movie come out for the future remakes studios have planned.
Robocop by wdouglas728
I really liked the human aspect of the film. Unlike the original Robocop, where Alex Murphy seemed to just wholeheartedly accept his new life as a cyborg, this new person reveals potentially real human interaction.My wife compared this film to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. Strangely, I find this film not to far from such text. I would see it again. By the way, this Robocop is a million times faster, stronger, and much more suited for modern day warfare. I'd be scared if this guy were after me.
ROBOCOP is REBORN by rogerwoakes
I liked this movie because it honored the original film which I totally loved. It has a slightly different twist to the original premise and indeed even expands upon the original themes of the consequences of medical high-tech and the question of the human soul. It even paid homage to some of the great lines from the original franchise such as "I'd buy that for a dollar!" and "Dead or Alive, You are coming with me!!" The great stars Samuel Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Michael Keaton all have interesting characters who are the principal participants of this movie's moral questions. Sam Jackson plays the national reporter/commentator who is named Novak and may or may not be modeled after the late Robert Novak, as I will let each viewer decide for themselves. There is an abundance of action and video game-like action to satisfy the heartiest millenial's appetite for shoot'em up sights and sounds. Because it is a remake I give it a GO rating not a MUST GO!