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RoboCop [2014] (1 disc)
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Director:José Padilha
Writer:Edward Neumeier
Joshua Zetumer
Michael Miner
Composer:Pedro Bromfman
Length:117 minutes
(1 hour 57 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:49%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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  • CG
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Synopsis: In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.


Reaction: A bit of a generic film at times, but it's not bad. A few interesting concepts that aren't fully explored.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
José Padilha => Director
Edward Neumeier => Writer
Joshua Zetumer => Writer
Michael Miner => Writer
Pedro Bromfman => Composer
Abbie Cornish => Clara Murphy
Aimee Garcia => Jae Kim
Daniel Kash => John Lake
Douglas Urbanski => Mayor Durant
Gary Oldman => Dr. Dennett Norton
Jackie Earle Haley => Rick Mattox
Jay Baruchel => Tom Pope
Jennifer Ehle => Liz Kline
Joel Kinnaman => Alex Murphy / RoboCop
John Paul Ruttan => David Murphy
K.C. Collins => Andre Daniels
Marianne Jean-Baptiste => Chief Karen Dean
Marjan Neshat => Sayeh
Maura Grierson => Kelly
Meysam Motazedi => Arash
Michael Keaton => Raymond Sellars
Michael Kenneth Williams => Jack Lewis (as Michael K. Williams)
Noorin Gulamgaus => Navid
Patrick Garrow => Antoine Vallon
Philip Akin => Dr. Alan (as Phillip Akin)
Samuel L. Jackson => Pat Novak
Zach Grenier => Senator Hubert Dreyfus

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Director José Padilha and actor Joel Kinnaman fought hard for an R rating, but due to the ever expanding budget, which went from a modest $60 million and ballooned to $120 million, studio executives were forced to deliver a PG-13 rating in hopes of recouping the money the studio had spent on the film. Throughout the course of filming, studio executives kept a close eye on Padilha, making sure he was going to deliver a PG-13 rating.
  • During production of the film, director José Padilha phoned friend and fellow Brazilian director [?] Fernando Meirelles to confide in him his frustration in the lack of creative control he was allowed by the studio for the project. Padilha estimated that for every ten ideas he brought to the project, the studio refused nine, and went on to the describe the making of the film as "The worst experience of [his] life". When word of this conversation became public, in an effort to appease the studio Padilha released counter statements expressing satisfaction with the film.
  • In Raymond Sellars' office, in a display case, is a suit reminiscent of the RoboCop suit that Peter Weller wore.
  • RoboCop having one human hand in his final form is a nod to the original RoboCop, in which the technicians argue with Bob Morton about whether to salvage Murphy's arm after he was "killed" in the line of duty. In the original film, Morton callously nixes the idea and the decision is made to remove Murphy's surviving arm.
  • Jackie Earle Haley as Rick Mattox at one point says 'I wouldn't buy that for a dollar'. This is a reworking of a line in RoboCop during a fictional sitcom wherein the star of the show regularly uses the catchphrase 'I'd buy that for a dollar!'.
  • Edward Norton turned down the role of Norton.
  • The line "Dead or alive, you're coming with me." is said by Murphy in both this film and the original RoboCop.
  • Tom Pope (the PR-guy played by Jay Baruchel) tells Raymond Sellars about a focus group done at Ryan Correctional Facility, where the Combat Mode design "really put the fear of God into the prisoners". The design seen on the screen is the design of the original RoboCop from RoboCop.
  • Hugh Laurie was in talks to play the role of Raymond Sellars, but contract negotiations broke down between him and the film's producers. Clive Owen was seriously considered as a replacement before Michael Keaton was cast.
  • At the end of the movie, Novak mentions Omnicorp's parent company OCP. In the original RoboCop, OCP built RoboCop.
  • [?] Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct at one point.
  • Rebecca Hall turned down the role of Clara Murphy, while Jessica Alba, Keri Russell and Kate Mara auditioned.
  • Michael Fassbender, [?] Matthias Schoenaerts and Russell Crowe were considered to play RoboCop. Chris Pine was considered for the role of Alex Murphy/RoboCop. He had also appeared in Star Trek Into Darkness with the original RoboCop, Peter Weller.
  • Sean Penn turned down the role of Novak.
  • [?] Gael García Bernal, Alexander Skarsgård and Logan Marshall-Green were considered for the role that went to Michael Kenneth Williams.