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Fast-Paced Coupled with Stellar Performances | Review of ‘The Dark Tower’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba & Matthew McConaughey
Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.” —IMDB

You know, I went into seeing this film knowing all the bad reviews that others had given it and I can 100% say this: they are wrong.
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Remaking 1980’s Action | Cyn’s Movie Review of RoboCop (2014 Film)


By: Cynthia A.

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Directed by: José Padilha

Screenplay by: Joshua Zetumer

Based on Characters by Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle & Jay Baruchel

Genre: Action

In the year 2028, a multinational conglomerate, OmniCorp, after expanding their reach of mechanical soldiers by supplying them to the US Military, they want to bring their product home and sell their products for use in civilian law enforcement.  OmniCorp CEO, Raymond Sellars, asks his marketing team to create a new law enforcement product by combining human and machine to sway public opinion.  Their candidate: any civilian officer injured in the line of duty.  And when Detective Alex Murphy is severely injured by a car bomb, he makes it to the top of the list, becoming Robocop.  Part man, part machine, but all cop.

Fans of the original have no worries. RoboCop us a loosely based remake on the 1987’s film RoboCop that spawned a trilogy and created a franchise.  Nevertheless, make no mistake, while the movies share many common elements, this movie is a new RoboCop is more story oriented and character driven.

As the movie opens, moviegoers are introduced into the world of tomorrow and the base incentive to for the creation of a human inside of a machine before introducing viewers to who Detective Alex Murphy is and why viewers should care about him and his predicament.

As a fast-paced movie, the writers and directors decided that they were going to focus on the character development and the human component.  The movie takes a strong focus on the creation of the RoboCop and the psychological element that would come into play after such a drastic turn of events.  One moment he’s a man with a loving family, the next moment he’s more machine than he is man, his whole life completely altered.  That gave the movie a powerful undertone as viewers travel alongside Det. Alex Murphy.  Nevertheless, it wasn’t just the writers and the directors who made that aspect so powerful but also the actors.  Each actor was able to bring to light a completely new part of the story and give the viewers’ something tangible to grasp, giving these characters life and bursts of captivating energy.

Joel Kinnaman was, easily, an amazing choice as the actor to bring new life into this RoboCop revitalization.  He was able to capture the pain that the character felt, the intense emotions that Alex Murphy felt with his incredibly expressive eyes and demeanor.  Even with the visor down, his voice and charisma vibrated off screen making him amazing.  He shows more character than the original had, and I love the original, don’t get me wrong, but this movie just had more substance behind it and the actor gave more to the part.

Additionally there was the family element.  In the original, the family thought he was dead, in this one, the family is very much aware of what he is.  The tension between the family and OmniCorp, between the wife and the doctor, brought out a lot in the other characters and gave the movie such a heart gripping tension.

This movie, aside from the beginning, which was a little disturbing, was awesome.  The script, direction and story behind all the action was  put together amazingly.  Oh, and Michael Keaton as the corporate bad guy, that was perfect.  That man is a very talented actor.  ★★★☆ (A-)

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The Robocop Remake Adds Marianne Jean-Baptiste To The Cast


By: Eric Eisenberg

Marianne_Jean_Baptiste_32531Marianne Jean-Baptiste is joining the cast of RoboCop. The actress, who is best known for her Oscar-nominated work in 1997’s Secret & Lies, will play Detroit Police Chief Karen Dean in the action movie remake. The rest of the cast includes Joel Kinnaman (as the titular hero), Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, Michael K. Williams and Jackie Earle Haley.

The film recently got some rotten PR when a journalist who received a copy of the script reported that the movie would have RoboCop being a Transformer who battles Al-Qaeda. The script was written by written by first-timer Joshua Zeumer. Variety says that production is gearing up start next month in Toronto with Elite Squad director Jose Padilha taking the helm. The film tells the story of a police officer who is shot and murdered by criminals on the streets of Detroit and is brought back as a crime-fighting cyborg. The original was directed by Paul Verhoeven and came out in 1987.

Recently Jean-Baptiste’s career has been mostly taking place on the small screen. From 2002 to 2009 she played Vivian Johnson on the long-running cop drama Without A Trace and recently played a judge on Harry’s Law and had a guest appearance on Son’s of Anarchy. She will, however, be back on the big screen soon enough. In September 20th Century Fox will release the education drama Won’t Back Down, which also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Holly Hunter. She is also gearing up to star in Ray Giarratana’s The Tiger Rising and Barry Alexander Brown’s Son of the South.

Source: Cinema Blend