José Padilha (2014)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Brazilian director José Padilha (Elite Squad) brings visceral grit and propulsive punch to this slick reboot of the 1987 sci-fi masterpiece. Joel Kinnaman confidently steps into Peter Weller's formidable shoes as the Detroit cop-turned-cyborg who, once customised by scientist Gary Oldman, targets both the villains responsible for his murder and the corrupt corporation that created him. Tweaked into a political and philosophical treatise on the use of drone technology more than anything outlandishly futuristic, the film is less satirical and subversive than the original. But the set pieces are impressive, and the driving raw intensity is only lost during the scenes with Kinnaman's wife (Abbie Cornish) and young son, which provide the sappy human element. This is smartly updated with sleek CGI, night-vision trickery and video game-style visuals, making it a must for action fans.


A corporation that creates military robots seizes a chance to diversify into law enforcement when a Detroit cop is critically injured in a bombing. He is rebuilt as a crime-fighting cyborg, but struggles to regain his free will from his creators' control. Sci-fi thriller remake, starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L Jackson.

Cast & Crew

Alex Murphy / RoboCop Joel Kinnaman
Dr Dennett Norton Gary Oldman
Raymond Sellars Michael Keaton
Pat Novak Samuel L Jackson
Clara Murphy Abbie Cornish
Rick Mattox Jackie Earle Haley
Jack Lewis Michael Kenneth Williams
Tom Pope Jay Baruchel
Liz Kline Jennifer Ehle
Karen Dean Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Antoine Vallon Patrick Garrow
John Lake Daniel Kash
Senator Hubert Dreyfuss Zach Grenier
Director José Padilha
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Feb 2014