Research Project – Robocop vs Robocrap

Fali Mistry

This document will be addressing the original 1987 Robocop as well as the 2014 remake. This review will study the movies content and the topics they address; it will

“This is my perception of the USA, this is what I feel is happening in the USA. I dont condemn it or admire it its more that I see it and I want to portrait it.”
Paul Vanhoeven

in 1987 the original Robocop came to audiences and was met with much appreciation. Director Paul Vanhoeven an unknown director to Hollywood at this point. He had made a series of good European movies such as;- ‘Soldier of Orange’; ‘Turkish Delight’; ‘The Fourth Man’ and ‘Flesh and Blood’. Robocop would be his key to western cinema and push the rising theme of sci fi to new heights.

The film at first was passed through studios like a bad joke, it seemed no one wanted to give it a chance. The name Robocop sat uncomfortably with producers as they felt it was cheesy and stupid. But the fact was that a movie that sells the story in the name is an attractive quality. Paul Vanhoeven agreed with this and also gave it a miss, it was only until his partner at the time read over the script and suggested there was more to the story that the robotic enforcer would be given a chance.

Robocop seen from one eye is just another American action hit, but once dissected it becomes something a little harder to categories. Writers Edward Neumeire and Michael Miner with precision, had in inserted all the elements wrong with American society. With that I mean they had taken a dig in a big way at the countries ideology; it’s consumerism condition that seems to be so fierce; and capitalism which today is treated as a natural and unnoticed way of western life.

This would be the line and sinker that would pull the European Director to the project, and who’s work has made it the hit it is today. Why is it you may ask? Well Robocop for many film students and critics maintains that multilevel narrative that film makers hope to achieve. Since the time of the Kuleshov affect and the times of pioneer film makers; it wasn’t enough to poke audiences in the face with the plot and once realising every subsequential detail need not be included it was apparent that ‘film’ needed to follow the basis of good story telling i.e. being able to tell multiple stories inside of one narrative.

This being something that will be looked at with more detail later but for now we will analyze key topics of the movie and later use them as part of an active comparison to the 2014 remake. One big

Amended Research Project Plan:

Working Title: Robocop to Robocrap:

A formal comparison of an original film and it’s subsequent remake to identify the reasons in negative critical responses:

This is a report that hopes to get to the bottom of why the new 2014 remake ‘robocrap’ has been criticised as such a bad film by audiences and movie critics:

“An action adventure that’s graphics-rich, logic-poor, coherence-challenged and pleasure-impaired”
The Wall Street Journal

The report aims to follow respected critics to gather three different answers for each movie to help direct the reasons for negative responses.

Both movies will be studied to give an alalitical report of the movies features with statements of critics kept in mind i.e. Vanhoeven’s comedic element and the palet of visual effects seen in the remake. Together this should bring a respectable report where an indepth conclusion can be met.

Chapter one: Movie Report

Paul Vanhoeven prehaps concidered a pioneer of the sci-fi genre imerses you in a very believeable furthureistic Detroit;- where the city has been over run by crime and the justice system has been privitised by conclamorates OPC. The movie poutrays capitalism and seeks to show it in a hysteric and benine way.

The introduction without over explanation sets up the story: Theres a new officer in town; detroit is over run by criminals; OCP has gain ownership and local officers are being murdered with talk of a strike.. The directors with ease has almost given us the entire set up with a sneaky advert which runs harmoniously.

The trick to Paul Vanhoevens work here is taking an underline meassage of consumerism and capatalism and hiding it with the over glow of an american action / thriller / ‘knight in shining armour’ tail. He does not over load you with notions but keeps the story to the point.

The first opening minutes of the remake how ever had a completely different method, instead it shows the work of the US millitary “keeping the peace” and “upholding freedom” and in seems to take longer to tie in with the storyline.

The film is obviously trying to take a different approach on the original concept and using Robocop as a plate to feed new audiences. The idea is to raise the importance of robotic engineering and how we now see unmanned drones and machines being used in warfare which raises a concerns about war and predictions of it being integrated with domestic society.

Story Line

The story of both movies holds the issues for most critics with The New York Journal stating that the remake has; “Overburdened their story with underbaked notions” where many would say the original has cleverly implimented the meaning of the story

  • Critical Reception – compare Rotten Tomatoes scores:Then filter down to 3 core Critical Journals/Newspapers/publications: Roger Ebert; Sight & Sound; Cahiers Du Cinema

Abstract: your abstract is a short (500 words max) overview of what you explored and why, what you found out and your conclusions.

The new remake of 1987 original Robocop has received a abundance of complaints and bad reviews from movie critics around the world; with many stating that a remake is too soon as well as giving a glimpse into the clear animosity for restructuring classics. This report has analysed a list of responses from respectable critics that has shown a common problem with the new movie: The new ‘Robocop’ is ‘Robocrap’.

The report has been done to help highlight the issues with the new movie as it shares a well as looking into the truth behind remakes, that is;- that most are ill advised and exist solely because they are seen as a healthy option of meeting the profit margin.

this will call for both films to be pulled into a critical report that will be active throughout the research.  that will often call the film into a critical review. responses from movie critics does not support the success or failure of both movies alone;- but rather realising their quality and reasons for either possitive or negative critical responses. This should give an idea of how the remake has effected audiences and if the concept is

This report intends to compare both movies with a scene by scene report which will be used as an active comparison to direct the concerns of critics. Roten Tamatoes (an valid online cmovie crtic website) will have a large number of posts so the report must first explore and sort through, until a manageable number is made. Although quotes from other critics may be called in to better explain and support any comments made. The validity of critics will be explained with examples of their work to give strength to their argument. Also the respected film makers that have worked on the projects to give insight into the areas that are being discussed.

Both the movie report and the work of selected critics will give us an outcome of the movie;- relating to success and audience (critics) opinion. Once this has been achieved we will look further into the nature of this topic by reviewing key components of the movie industry as well as other movies that have been remade and how well they have faired and been critically reviewed. This will act as a sub-research component which may justify the bad critical responses and will glimpse into the topic of movie remakes and how they have given effect.

The conclusion will find why the 2014 Robocop is badly reviewed and why it’s original is seen as a more credited piece of work in the film industry.

Once there is a number of issues at hand there will be chances for further research. The credibility of the movie directors and critics may be explored; as well as and reasons behind the remake. The success of the remake will also be taken into account and how it has effected audiences and fans of the franchise. Comparisons from other movies being remade in the industry will also help give an insight into the trends of remakes. This will conclude with an overview of movie remakes which will give further clarity to the critical responses covering Robocop.

Introduction: This section is where you introduce what you intend to explore and why. You need to introduce the original film and the remake, the filmmakers, and also the negativity in relation to the new film. You should also discuss the 3 core individuals whose reviews you will be referring to and why you have chosen them.

This report looks into the classic 1987 Robocop and why it’s newly made version has suffered a vast amount of bad press from movie critics. The plan is to explore a range of critics to see if there is a common problem amongst Jose Padilha’s work / the concept of robocop.

Once there is a number of issues at hand there will be chances for further research. The credibility of the movie directors and critics may be explored; as well as and reasons behind the remake. The success of the remake will also be taken into account and how it has effected audiences and fans of the franchise. Comparisons from other movies being remade in the industry will also help give an insight into the trends of remakes. This will conclude with an overview of movie remakes which will give further clarity to the critical responses covering Robocop.

Literature Review: This section is not a book review. This section is where you look at literature (books, internet, journals etc) on the topic you are exploring and examine the value and validity of the source material. For example, books are published documents and therefore very valid. However, some websites have no author and so validity of data can be called I to question.

 —–NOTES——NOTES—–NOTES—-NOTES—-NOTES—-NOTES—-NOTES—-

ROBOCOP GROSS —— ROBOCOP GROSS—–ROBOCOP GROSS—–

top 10 

past 5 yrs remakes

Method: How are you going to conduct your research? You are going to compare the two films and make comparisons at key moments in the films. These key moments could be designated by the review of articles that you explore in your lit review. You need to explain in this section why this is the best approach.

The best way to analyse

Findings: what have you discovered through you lit review and also the comparison of the 2 films?

(THREE MOVIE CRITICS OR CRITICS WHO ARE BEING USED)

Movie Report

Paul Vanhoeven prehaps concidered a pioneer of the sci-fi genre imerses you in a very believeable furthureistic Detroit;- where the city has been over run by crime and the justice system has been privitised by conclamorates OPC. The movie poutrays capitalism and seeks to show it in a hysteric and benine way.

The introduction without over explanation sets up the story: Theres a new officer in town; detroit is over run by criminals; OCP has gain ownership and local officers are being murdered with talk of a strike.. The directors with ease has almost given us the entire set up with a sneaky advert which runs harmoniously.

The trick to Paul Vanhoevens work here is taking an underline meassage of consumerism and capatalism and hiding it with the over glow of an american action / thriller / ‘knight in shining armour’ tail. He does not over load you with notions but keeps the story to the point.

The first opening minutes of the remake how ever had a completely different method, instead it shows the work of the US millitary “keeping the peace” and “upholding freedom” and in seems to take longer to tie in with the storyline.

The film is obviously trying to take a different approach on the original concept and using Robocop as a plate to feed new audiences. The idea is to raise the importance of robotic engineering and how we now see unmanned drones and machines being used in warfare which raises a concerns about war and predictions of it being integrated with domestic society.

Story Line

The story of both movies holds the issues for most critics with The New York Journal stating that the remake has; “Overburdened their story with underbaked notions” where many would say the original has cleverly implimented the meaning of the story

Conclusion: Based on your research what have you found to be the reasons why some remakes are not as successful or critically appreciated as their predecessors.

References: Any book, article, film you refer to in text needs to fully referenced here in this section.

Bibliography: This is where you reference book, articles, literature that you have looked at but do not refer to in text.

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/robocop-1987

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-07-17/entertainment/8702220474_1_corporation-sour-aftertaste-screenwriters

It`s a technique inherited from the Schwarzenegger films (and from the Bond movies and spaghetti Westerns before them), and it`s one that never fails to get a laugh, perhaps because the sarcasm provides an immediate distance and relief from the shock and exhilaration of the violence, a way of tamping down whatever unruly passions are aroused by the display of force.

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/robocop-2014

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/at-the-movies/a517069/robocop-re-viewed-the-pinnacle-of-80s-action-science-fiction.html#~oTNYpQ340Cu0QS

http://academic.evergreen.edu/u/unselj/robo/

DRONES:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/us-should-hand-over-footage-of-drone-strikes-or-face-un-inquiry-8061504.html

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