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The more human robot promises peace

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Reviewed by Kunal Khandwala


The war on terrorism saw the rise of drone warfare that not only saved lives of soldiers on field but also improved the military's attacking prowess. The future portrayed by director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) is much more sophisticated with droids and weaponized machines taking the place of real soldiers in combative warfare. The essence of both the original Robocop and its remake is that they are reflective of their times. Padilha exposes the need for human emotions and sensibilities that are lacking in even the most advanced machines and how that need becomes completely irrelevant when politics and mean businesses are in control of who or what is on the street, protecting civilians. Alex Murphy is as human as a robot can get and the movie deals with his conflict between a controlling software and the brain's emotional impulses. His family wants the human, Omnicorp desires the Robot while American citizens are shrouded in political darkness.

In a live report covering Operation Freedom in Tehran, Novak (Samuel L. Jackson) asserts the success of robots in peacekeeping abroad while questioning America's reservations against employing the technology within its borders. Novak maybe overly patriotic but his allegiance to Omnicorp soon becomes ridiculously obvious. Sellars (Michael Keaton) brilliantly plays the head of the robotics conglomerate Omnicorp that employs Dr. Norton's (Gary Oldman) genius in robotic prosthesis to create the most human-robot peacekeeper that can win over Americans. After a suspicious explosion, Murphy's salvaged organs are then given a Robotic body that keeps him well alive but devoid of sensibilities that often try to overcome his programmed actions. His wife, though glad of his survival, is cynical of Omnicorp's real intent and Murphy's whimsical attitude towards his family. Meanwhile, Robocop is a hit for the citizens of Detroit as he nabs numerous law breakers in a short period. As he investigates and closes each crime incident, the inevitable occurs when his own accident comes under his scanner. Murphy's persistence in finding the mastermind makes him a nemesis of both Omicorp and the law. That's when Robocop goes crazy.

Jose Padilha's screenplay and direction question morality, justice and freedom in the application of robotic warfare. Constantly, it is Murphy's inquisitive human nature behind the stoic and methodical Robocop that becomes the distinct feature of this installment. The battle between man and machine is well delineated in both emotional and physical aspects. Jose's take on this 1987 franchise is of course technologically advanced and while the shoot-out sequence in the abandoned warehouse is thrilling enough to be the best of the movie, there's little else that impresses much. Today's suit could be loaded with weapons but we mostly have Murphy pulling out the gun from his thigh as expected. But damn! That Motorbike......

Joel Kinnaman doesn't create the greatest appeal in Robocop's shoes but give him time to play the emotions that range from shock, devastation and anger to see what he is capable of. Gary Oldman is excellent in his dedication to helping mankind rather than supporting malpractice and he would be quite a pillar in this franchise. Samuel Jackson is lavishly over-the-top but that's not his fault. Michael Keaton convinces us of his ambition, greed and confidence in his technology to the extent that he is at times, not wrong. You dislike what he does to the Murphys but you still support his initiatives for America.

Murphy's inability to be with his family and his struggle to overcome the shock of his accident are the emotional platforms on which, corporation evil and politics make up for
dirty business. The proceedings get predictable and may even drag the film between action sequences but clearly, MGM & Sony Pictures' intention is to tease with sequels that can build on the platform.

- 6.882 on a scale of 1-10.



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All In The Camera

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Reviewed by Stephen

In this nihilistic portrayal of American society in the 1970s, we are told that if you want to get ahead you have to lie, cheat and steal. Ethics are turned on their head as we are lead to believe that the con artists are good and the law enforcers stupid and incompetent. The audience is supposed to loose respect for all the institutions of Western civilization and be lured over to a culture of deception and hypocrisy. All of the personal relationships portrayed in this movie are tainted by cheating and are always dysfunctional.

Humour is the weapon used to attack the FBI, who try to mount a sting operation involving a Mexican FBI agent pretending to be an Arabian Sheik Investor. In a meeting with an ominous Mafia boss played by Robert DeNiro, DeNiro's character begins a conversation with the ostensible Sheik in Arabic! This shows the Mafia man to be more educated and resourceful than the clumsy crew of FBI clowns who are trying to entrap him.

The protagonist Irving, is a Jewish businessman played by Christian Bale who, in addition to running a dry cleaning chain, cultivates a more lucrative embezzling operation, on the side as his so called “real” business. He is made up to look and sound reminiscent of meat-head in the 1970s TV Show All In The Family. Even his wife played by Jennifer Lawrence is made up to look like a hybrid of Gloria and Edith from the same sitcom, which is very funny and well executed by the actress. But it is still a throw back to the subversive shows of the 1970s like All In The Family and MASH, whose goal was to ridicule patriotism and trash conservatives.

All in all it is mediocre socio-political conditioning but it is laced with some sarcastic humour. Everybody is a hustler or con artist, even if most are unaware of it, according to Irving.

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Love love love!

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This is the best movie from a book that I have ever seen! It stayed south with the story line! Great actors, the best movie I have seen in forever! Cannot wait to be on DVD!

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A unique story about a man and his laptop.

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Reviewed by Picture James Sheridan

Jon Martello (Joeseph Gordan-Levitt) is an Italian American stud. This handsome, charming gentlemen known by his friends as 'Don Jon' due to the ability to 'pull' exceptionally beautiful women with ease is dedicated to many things such as his family, church and 'pad'. But something else dominates his life. This film is a story around the love life of a 'porn addict' and the difficulties this obsessive compulsion leads to. Throughout the film 'Don Jon' journeys to discover true happiness with a women and battle the problems with his obsession.

Joseph Gordan-Levitt portrays the 'Porn-a-holic' stud exquisitely, crafting the perfect character for the feature. He tackles the generic conventions perfectly, from the New Jersey accent to the short temper of Italian Americans as he shows us through out. Scarlett Johansson performs exactly how she's supposed to and nails the characteristics of 'Barbara Sugarman' to an effective manner. Her stuck-up, careless character is brilliant for Scarlett to give an award-winning performance in which she did deserve.

This unique feature allowed pornography to become legitimised in the world we live in today and showed the repercussions and benefits of internet. I found it remarkably outstanding, showing how this type of addiction can release them from very stress it causes.

However every movies comes with its criticism: Firstly I felt that at times the movie in itself wasn't gripping enough. Not to detest the inner brilliance of this orginality, I just think that the movie could've contained more drama (seeing how it is based on an Italian American family). Obviously we do see a few specks of aggression such as in the numerous car scenes and 'family fights' but I believe that under the circumstances the character is in, not enough emotion, regret and sadness is shown. BUT you could say that Joseph Gordan-Levitt decides to construct his character on an emotionless foundation, thus allowing him to has consistent 'sex out of wedlock'.

Overall I believe this film is worth watching as it shows the true colours of a mans rivalry and friendship with the three most important things in a mans life...love, sex and porn.

Sheri-Stars: 7.2/10

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Tough On Steroids

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Reviewed by Stephen

This is one of the best political thrillers ever shot on film. Intellectually rigorous, suspensfully superlative and emotionally moving, there are very few films that can hold a candle to this masterpiece. We are convincingly swept up into the world of Panem, a dictatorship or tyranny of a select class of privileged apparatchiks in the Capitol, who rule over a much larger population of workers in 12 less equal districts. The ideology however, is not specified. You can read fascism or communism into it, take your pick. In this society everyone is under total coercion, death being the punishment for disobedience. This aspect is vividly portrayed in refreshing contrast to so many Hollywood "message" films that don't bother with the most salient flaws of the messages they are pushing. If you haven't seen it yet, treat yourself to this incredibly meaningful adventure movie. The acting is also unbelievably good, by all who are in it. Beautiful!

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The Lego Movie

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Reviewed by Ivy

Can't believe why they still make this kind craps. The story lines are so confusing. Can't understand a single thing about it at all. Felt asleep on the whole movie. Wasted my money and time to watched this. Won't watch this movie again.

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Frozen

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Reviewed by Ivy

Frozen was the best movie I've ever seen in so many years. It was the best movie ever. We'd saw this movie for like 4 times already. First we watched the 2D one 2 times and love it so we went back for 3D. Then they have sing along so we went back for the sing along. It was awesome. Love it. Love it. Wanted to go back again but cost too much money. Really hope they will show this forever.

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The Lego Movie

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Reviewed by carolyn tran

Don't understand this movie at all. Wasted my money on this movie. Won't watch this again.

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Old Wine, New bottle , great bods but lack of suspence

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Reviewed by Picture Amriten Chatterjee

If I start asking you do you remember the freedom of Bangladesh and the plight that the people faced during that time, you will tell me " please go on " and then I go on bringing in two kids who walked the wrong path to make sure they are given their rights, then you will tell me go on go on and I bring in 3 HOTTTT bodies ( 2 super hot , 1 ok ok hot ) and make then do a few dance and action moves together, you will sit back and think whats going on and at last you will find i just mixed up everything and now you know whats going to happen, thats Gunday for you.

Although the actors were great in what they were paid to do, Ranveer & Irfan were the only guys who stood apart, if you are someone who has been related to Bollywood you will understand how the movie is going to end as soon as you reach half of the movie, but do not try to give the suspense out.

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Better than the first one, Its immortal

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Reviewed by Sonic

How did this film not make over a billion dollars? Its a improvement on the first one and perhaps the best Middle-Earth film out [my opinion] Go watch this film go buy it on blu-ray when it comes out and then buy the extended edition on blu-ray i would pay 100$ to see this movie

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