ANDREW COLLINS:FILM OF THE DAY PREMIERE RoboCop★★★★ 9.00-11.20pm C4
A surprisingly self-justifying remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 dystopian satire (and thus a reboot of the franchise), the new RoboCop is darker, noisier and less subversive, in line with developments in technology in the intervening years. (Both RoboCop and The Terminator felt dazzlingly original in the 1980s, now they are the norm.) Brazilian director José Padilha, hot from the violent Elite Squad films, is a dab hand with the 2028-set action, as Joel Kinnaman’s Detroit cop is blown up in the line of duty and rebuilt as a law- enforcement cyborg by Gary Oldman’s boffin. Amid the CGI-reliant armoured mayhem, debut screenwriter Joshua Zetumer delivers both social comment about corporate might and an emotional story involving RoboCop’s wife and child. And some of the acting from Oldman, Michael Keaton (as a wicked CEO) and Broadchurch’s Marianne Jean-Baptiste elevates the wham-bang material to a higher plane. A sequel has been spoke of. Hope it’s better than the original RoboCop 2.
Scourge of the tabloids, Hugh Grant, is in fine fettle as a slacker who uses single-parent support groups to pick up women. Nicholas Hoult (in his awkward-looking adolescent phase) soon changes his mind.
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