‘RoboCop’ lacks heart, creativity

By Josh Alfrey

Producers of the action-packed “RoboCop” destroyed all creativity and fun in sight.

I love reminiscing on the pre-CGI, saturated Hollywood 1987 “RoboCop.” The director and producers made do with what they had and created a funny, action-packed, blood-drenched and ridiculously camp film.

Behind all that metal and cybernetic implants, the original “RoboCop” had heart.

This new film features boring writing that made no conversation believable. The film bolstered an incredible cast, but the actors seemed in pain as they performed their lines. I do not know who was holding Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) hostage throughout this film, but I will do anything if you let this man free.

Besides poor writing, actors Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton still made “RoboCop” bearable.

The movie continued a Hollywood trend of having overly intrusive music play throughout the film. The music drowned out some of the dialog — I’m still debating if that was intentional or not. There is nothing fun about being told when to feel sad or anxious through blunt music.

I can only assume the studio had a CGI quota for the year that they wanted to get out of the way early. One of the most memorable parts of the original “RoboCop” was its practical effects. This is an element that can never be recreated in modern movies.

Now, the CGI wasn’t necessarily bad, but it flooded every corner of the film. While “RoboCop” could be a decent popcorn flick, it is impossible to not see the shadow of its former self.

“RoboCop” was one large meta experience. The big bad corporate giants took something beloved and tore its heart out and put it into a new, slick, ergonomic, manufactured machine.

I agreed with Keaton’s character as he said, “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” After watching “RoboCop,” I wanted to leave and watch the original.