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Movie Review

‘Robocop’ remake doesn’t hold a candle to the original

With its acrid vision of Detroit in chaos, mindless infotainment on TV, and an all-powerful corporation outsourcing public services for profit, Paul Verhoeven’s “Robocop” was plenty ahead of its time in 1987. That the movie was rudely funny and brutally well-made was icing on a cybernetic cake.

The new remake is content to just be of its time. Set a few steps into tomorrow, it opens with a scene of US Army robo-warriors “pacifying” the people of Tehran and closes with a rousing, satiric pro-drone warfare speech, delivered by a strutting faux-Fox News demagogue played by Samuel L. Jackson in what looks like Al Sharpton’s hair.

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