Robocop [2014] [PG-13] - 2.6.5

 
 

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A Detroit police officer (Joel Kinnaman) suffers life-threatening injuries in a car bombing but receives a second chance by becoming a cyborg in OmniCorp's Robocop Program. To his wife's (Abbie Cornish's) dismay, he becomes emotionless as the police department's number one crime fighter. Also with Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael K Williams and Jackie Earle Haley. Directed by Jose Padilha. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - In the background of one scene a woman wearing a shirt that ends at mid-thigh and a man fight in an alley; he pushes her down and the scene ends (a possible rape is implied).
 A husband and his wife kiss and he removes her sweater to reveal a bra and cleavage; he lies on top of her on the bed, kisses her and they are interrupted by outside noises that cause him to leave the room. A husband kisses his wife briefly. A wife hugs her husband while he is wearing heavy body armor and he does not respond.
 A woman wears a low cut black suit that reveals part of her bra and cleavage. Robots scan people for weapons and can see the outline of breasts.
 We hear that a male criminal was convicted of rape.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man leaves his house at night to see why his car alarm is going off and when he opens the driver's door the car explodes to fill the screen with flames; we see the frame of the burning car, a blackened body lying on the porch steps and a hospital photo later shows the man's blotchy red and scarred body missing the left leg from mid-thigh to foot, the right arm and most of one eye; we hear that his spinal cord is severed and he suffered 4th degree burns on 80% of his body and could die.
 A mother, father and teen son argue about a war and about whether to kill enemies; the father leaves the house, meets comrades who gather rifles and they go into the streets to fight; the father wears wires and explosives on his shirt and the streets fill with smoke and fire as guns are discharged and hand-held cannons are fired; robots and people fall (we see no blood), drones fly overhead and the teen boy jumps from a roof onto the top of a jeep and pulls out a large knife; a robot walker targets him, shoots him several times with automatic gunfire, killing him (no blood is seen) as his mother screams.
 At an outdoor press conference, a cyborg jumps into the crowd to arrest a murderer and shoots the man, who falls dead (no blood is shown); we hear that a child saw the incident and was traumatized. A cyborg enters a police department accompanied by his partner and confronts two detectives; the cyborg shoots both detectives after arresting them and presenting the evidence; then he confronts the police chief and nearly shoots her, but his supervisor cuts off his power. Corporate soldiers take a cyborg to a laboratory and place him on a stand when a scientist runs in, shouting, and wakes the cyborg up; other soldiers try to break into the lab by shooting the bulletproof glass around the lab and when they break the glass the cyborg shoots them (they all fall, presumably dead) and we see some blood in patches on the cyborg's face. A cyborg shoots robots, jumps on top of a walker robot and shoots into its body, destroying it, followed by a police SWAT jeep running over it; the cyborg is shot in the back and he falls, and another man shoots the shooter in the back, presumably killing him; a man receives a leg wound and we see some blood and the cyborg loses one arm and part of his visor. A cyborg shoots a man as the man points a gun at the cyborg, his wife and little boy and the cyborg collapses (we see a large blood spatter behind the dead man's head). Three men make a drug deal in an alley when a cyborg roars up on a motorcycle and shoots one man as he climbs a wall (no blood is seen), then threatens a second man with heavy electroshock that will make him lose control of bladder and bowels; the man gives the cyborg information.
 A cyborg arrives at a warehouse at night where dozens of thugs inside wear night vision goggles and hold large caliber rifles and handguns; gunfire breaks out and we see many sparks, flashes of fire, red lights and we hear some men grunt as they fall, presumably dead; at the end of the fight, the cyborg turns on the lights and we see men lying on the floor, dead. Two undercover detectives meet with illegal gun dealers in a restaurant; gunfire breaks out, one man jumps through a glass door (shattering it) to the street and another one is blown through a glass window when he is shot (we see some blood).
 A cyborg shoots a man's exoskeleton with a shot set on "stun" and the man falls, writhing in pain as sparks travel around his body. A cyborg approaches a car and punches through the driver's side window, breaks a man's arm, pulls him out, and steps on the man's hand to obtain information; the man screams and gives the information.
 In the background of one scene, a woman and a man fight in an alley; he pushes her down and the scene ends (a possible rape is implied). During the upload of a police department database, a cyborg becomes agitated, having a seizure until his power is cut off (he flashes back to the car bombing that injured him several times).
 An injured cop wakes up and finds his body transplanted into a computerized, armored machine; he becomes angry, wails, shouts and grabs a scientist by the throat (he drops the scientist, unharmed), then runs into the street, jumping over a high wall; outside, his electrical power cuts off from a console in an office and he collapses unconscious in a rice paddy; the cop later says to tell his family that he is dead. We see an injured cop in a hospital room with an oxygen tube attached to his nose and we hear that he will recover as a machine reads his vital signs beside the bed (his face appears somewhat abraded). When a scientist manipulates part of a cyborg's brain tissue with an instrument, he causes the cyborg to say that he tastes peanut butter, which he does not like.
 A cyborg enters a weapons room where there are dozens of large caliber handguns along the walls, two of which are given to the cyborg and he is put through a shooting obstacle course to fight robots with guns; a lot of loud shooting, sparks and flames from gun barrels are seen and the cyborg defeats all the robots. During a second obstacle course, the cyborg has received "combat mode" software and reacts faster against a larger number of robots, decapitating one of them in a shower of sparks; his supervisor threatens him with pain and malfunction if the supervisor would shoot the cyborg with the largest caliber gun, especially in the face.
 A cyborg spends each night plugged into hoses equipped with sensors to read vital signs, a dialysis unit and liquid nutrition; during sleep, his blood runs through the hoses for cleaning and to receive nutrients; in one scene, he stands in front of a mirror as his robotic parts come unattached and we see the organic parts that consist of his face and brain (visible through a glass upper skull), lungs (visible and breathing under glass), throat organs and one hand; he receives new robotic parts twice in this manner and during one brain operation, we see into the top of the brain, which is moderately bloody, as a scientist removes some small metal parts. We see photos of patients that show an ex-cop without legs from mid-thigh to foot, another ex-cop paralyzed and slumped in a wheelchair and an overweight ex-cop with only stumps for arms and legs.
 A detective argues with two other detectives about whether they are corrupt; the police chief says she will take care of corruption through internal investigations. Men argue about black market gun sales. One man asks another man to kill a police detective and the first man says it's too dangerous. We hear that a male criminal was convicted of rape. During a senate hearing a senator asks a robotics CEO what a robot feels if it's killing a child and the CEO replies, "Nothing." A training officer calls a cyborg "it" and Tin Man, telling everyone who will listen that cyborgs are inferior to robots. A news reporter declares that America needs more cyborgs on the streets to cut crime rates to "0" and that cyborg technology can save more wounded law enforcement officers. The media calls for the use of androids on US city streets to fight crime.
 A little boy looks scared and breathes heavily when he meets his father who has become a cyborg. Numerous tall robots and security droids that look like Star Wars Imperial Walkers flood onto the streets in several locales and frighten people; a woman screams at one of the walkers (she is unharmed). Robots scan people for weapons and can see muscle and bones. American troops in wars of the future are replaced by drones and heavily armed robots.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word and 1 not fully-enunciated F-word derivative, 10 scatological terms (1 not fully-enunciated), 3 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, exclamations (shut-up), name-calling (idiot, "it," Tin Man, robophobic, monkey, clown, monster, bullying imperialists), stereotypical references to corporations, CEOs, reporters, corrupt police officers, scientists, mercenary soldiers, families, Detroit, Blacks, the Chinese, 1 religious profanity (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Holy Christ, Oh My God, Christ, For Christ's Sakes). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Anesthesia is used during a brain operation (we do not see it administered), a scientist adjusts a cyborg's dopamine levels to eliminate his emotional responses, a scientist states that drugs are affecting a cyborg but we see none administered, we hear that a cyborg received antidepressants in order to have good dreams, and three men in an alley make a drug deal and pass small packets of gray powder. Glasses of wine are shown on dinner tables in a restaurant (no one is seen drinking), a man drinks a bottle of beer in his kitchen, men and women drink from bottles of beer at a garden party, a man drinks from a glass of whiskey at an outdoor bar, and a man sits before a glass of whiskey and the bottle that are on his desk (he is not shown drinking).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Corporate greed, politics, media influence, technology, crime, consequences, robots, emotions, relationships, justice, reconciliation.

MESSAGE - Bionics can be used for good with community and corporate support and adequate regulation.

Special Keywords: S2 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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