We interrupt our regular Scalzi-related review to bring you this important news bulletin: we have seen Robocop, and we have found it Good.
I went in having only seen a few trailers and otherwise knowing nothing about the movie. I’d expected to see a poor reboot of the original; I’d thought it would be a bad action movie that would try and fail to recapture the fun that I’d had before. What I got instead was a deeply critical commentary on the perils of the militarized police state and the inadequacy of force when it comes to establishing peace, with additional treatises on the dehumanizing influence of unrestrained and unethical corporate practices. Also, Samuel L. Jackson as an O’Reilly-esque opinion-show host.
I am very satisfied with this.
The short version without spoilers? It’s great, go watch the movie. If you want more, keep reading.