This Rotten Week: Predicting RoboCop, Winter's Tale, Endless Love and About Last Night Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-02-09 14:32:59discussion comments
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Not a great week of movies. This is for sure a quantity over quality thing happening. And except for a robotic police officer, there is plenty a cornball love-dovey stuff for the Valentineís Day crowd with tales of winter, endless love and stories about last night.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

RoboCop
For some reason, a scene from the original RoboCop that has always stuck with me is the moment in the board room when they are testing the original machine and it malfunctions, killing the junior partner in the demonstration. I always felt so bad for that guy. It probably explains why I never sought employment in a Fortune 500 company. When youíre climbing that corporate ladder in these huge companies, there stands a good chance youíll at some point get lit up with a thousand bullets by the latest in crime-fighting technology. So, lesson learned. Donít suck off the corporate tit. Youíll end up as bullet-riddled Swiss cheese in in the crossfire ... all in the name of profit-seeking. See what RoboCop was doing? Teaching us life lessons.

Usually Iím completely against remakes, thinking they offer nearly nothing in the way of entertainment value, wishing a malfunctioning RoboCop would have lit up the movie studio exec meeting as they talked each other into greenlighting another cash grab. Itís no different here. Why do this? I mean, I know why on a surface level: money. But the real reason revolves around ideas. In that, Hollywood is running out of Ďem. And damn quick.

The new RoboCop seems a lot like the old one, with a few modern day updates, a suit with a few more curves, the color black and the same is-he-human?/is-he-machine? question nobody really cares about. The original was a critical darling (89%) full of commentary on the state of government control and freewill. This one is trending down the middle with critics split. In some ways, this is better than I expected. I guess thatís encouraging, but doesnít solve the initial issue. Come up with new ideas! Stop producing mediocre remakes of decent originals. Whereís that malfunctioning killing machine when you need one? The Rotten Watch for RoboCop is 42%


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