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Robocop (2014)

Published in R
Saturday, 22 February 2014 20:27
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    M: Science fiction themes and violence.

  • The pitch

    The tin man has no heart.

  • Starring

    Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Samuel L. Jackson

  • Directed by

    José Padilha

  • Running time

    117 minutes

  • Rated

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are shot (military weapons, handguns), thrown through the air, severely burned, near-choked, maimed, pushed, tasered. Shootouts, explosions, military ambush, gunfire, suicide bombers, car bomb, grenade. Broken glass, property damage, buildings destroyed. Military setting (Tehran). Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan mentioned. Rape, arson, murder, domestic violence, loss of American lives mentioned. Screaming, arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody clothing, bleeding, blood splatter, bloody face. Decapitated head (robot), corpses, dismemberment. Severed spine, 4th degree burns, paralysis mentioned. Damaged red eye (close-up), exposed brain, lungs, exposed body parts, diagrams of human exoskeleton.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    Kissing, undressing. Woman in bra, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Drug deal, drug lab, bags of white powder seen. Alcohol (wine, spirits, beer). Totally stoned mentioned. Dopamine, antidepressants mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-word (bleeped), s-words, a-words, b*tch, crap. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES

    Robotics, drones, cyborgs, technology, safety, law enforcement, war, Middle East, weapons dealing, rehabilitation, dirty cops, free will, protocol, family, jingoism, security, criminals, justice, trauma, disability, greed.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Deceased child (shot). Military jets/aircraft, helicopters, officer down. Hospital setting. Patients with missing limbs (photos), patients in hospital beds, patients hooked up to tubes, brain surgery, medical examinations. Divorce mentioned. Spitting. Some Farsi (subtitles). Some shaky camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Timely, satirical, creative, compelling, exciting, pacy, thoughtful, grounded, kinder, gentler, updated, rearranged, slick, solid. Cool CGI, stylistically retro, character-based, brisk direction, competent execution, well cast, low-key finale, pitch-perfect tone, big ideas, smarter than expected. Fight scenes are effectively choreographed.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Shallow, misguided, creaky, deafening, boring, heavy-handed, witless, cheap-looking, muddle-brained, illogical, tedious, overwrought, plodding, lifeless, frenetic, dull, flat-footed, humourless. Underdeveloped subplots, some dull action sequences, melodramatic storyline, murky cinematography, poorly paced.