Robocop (2014)

Theatrical Release: February 12, 2014
Robocop (2014)


In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before

Dove Review

This movie features a definite upgrade in special effects when compared to the original version. And it presents interesting moral questions: should this man/robot cop be constructed with more of an emphasis on police duty or should his humanity be retained as much as possible; after all, he is a husband and a father.

I found the story to be fast paced in a good way with a lot of action and yet settling down to feature Alex Murphy’s (Joel Kinnaman) wife and son and what happens when an attempt on his life results in him being turned into Robocop and how he and his family subsequently deal with it. The film also features a scene of a man with a robotic hand playing the guitar. One man states that America wants a machine with a conscience as far as law enforcement. Much of the plot takes place in futuristic Detroit. The acting is excellent including Kinnaman as Alex Murphy, Gary Oldman as Dr. Dennett Norton, Michael Keaton as Raymond Sellars, Jackie Earle Haley as Rick Mattox and Abbie Cornish as Murphy’s wife Clara.

The question of how much a machine can make moral decisions based on criminal moments which demand instant decisions is an interesting theme in the film, as is the question of if Murphy should be treated more like a robotic cop or a human being. However, despite the good points of the film, it contains some strong language in addition to violence which places it outside of our Dove perimeters for a family friendly film. Therefore, we are unable to award the movie our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Passionate kissing and a husband and wife begin to make out before they are interrupted.
Language: GD-1; G/OMG-2; J/C-1; Holy Ch*ist-3; For Ch*ist Sake-5; I swear to Ch*st-1; S-4; BS-4; H-10; A-3; Mother F'er-1; Horse (rest bleeped)-1; D-1; B-1; Crap-1
Violence: A lot of explosions and a man is basically killed in an explosion but brought back as a part man/part robot; naked brain seen which is made part robotic; some blood seen on doctor's hands; man's lungs seen breathing; a kid is shot although it is not graphic; several shootings; some people die.
Drugs: Drinking; drug deal money seen; a person is classified as "totally stoned".
Nudity: Strong cleavage; woman in bra and panties; shirtless man.
Other: Tension between characters; a man's death is plotted; man spits; man has a seizure; a woman mocks regarding the RoboCop having a soul; a few characters lie.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Joshua Zetumer & Edward Neumeier
Director: José Padilha
Producer: Marc Abraham
Genre: Action
Runtime: 118 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter