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I’m not entirely sure I’d buy that for a dollar.

Robocop remake – it’s happening.

Continuing Hollywood’s firm “If someone has already made a movie, let’s not waste time coming up with something original” stance, MGM will be rehashing the 1987 classic Robocop.

Even though the addition of Samuel L. Jackson with his unnecessarily loud dialogue delivery and extensive f-bomb use generally brings forth amusement, I still don’t feel comfortable about this happening. Joel Kinnaman will take on the title role, Gary Oldman will play Norton (the genius behind the techonology) and aussie Abbie Cornish has been cast as Mrs Robocop. Hugh Laurie is also in talks to join the cast as one of the film’s main villains. Again, Hugh is good value, but does that really make this OK?

Apparently José Padilha’s (the genius behind this re-imagining) is a massive fan of the original (I should bloody hope so) “…everybody that’s involved in this movie loved the original and we have a lot of respect for it. We’re going to have a lot of throwbacks and there’s going to be a lot of fun stuff for the fans of the first movie. It’s a new story within the old one.”

Hmm…we’ll see.

Meanwhile: let’s enjoy some of Samuel L’s best work

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You ate my bird!

If, in an attempt to cure a disease, you had to enlarge an animals brain (making them bigger, smarter, faster and meaner) wouldn’t you choose something innocent and weak like a little hamster? Surely you wouldn’t choose something that could already tear humans to shreds? Am I right?? Of course I am, and that’s why your movie would blow and this movie is amazing.

To be honest, I felt quite ripped off at the beginning of Deep Blue Sea when a group of good-looking young people managed to walk away from a shark encounter with no serious injuries at all. They were dumb, drunk and horny – all the traits that would generally see them killed off immediately. When no blood was shed I got a little worried that this wasn’t the kind of movie I thought it was. Luckily, that early analysis was so very, very wrong. It was exactly the kind of movie I thought it was….and so much more.

Basic plot – a couple of scientists are trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by enlarging the brains of sharks (of course!). The movie is set in the isolated research facility that houses these brainiac sharks…and a few puny humans. During the super important test they have all been waiting to conduct, a shark wakes up from his snooze (probably a little pissed that someone has been jabbing needles into his head) bites off a dudes arm and shit gets real.

The character’s involved are Dr Susan McCallister – main scientist who is immediately annoying, her lab partner – old one arm, his wife/girlfriend – not really of any value, a nerdy guy – he knows a lot about the structure of the building, a hero – brooding and generally doing tough stuff, LL Cool J – wise-crackin’ jesus lover…oh and for some reason Samuel L. Jackson is there.

About an hour in,the facility goes up in a massive explosion, there is a huge storm/cyclone, sharks are partying, all the characters are thrown around the place and it seems as though it’s all over, but it has only just begun.

I was so sure LL Cool J’s character, Preacher, was a goner. He was a wise-crackin, African American who talked about Jesus, surely he’d be one of the first killed off – it’s textbook! Well clearly the writers of Deep Blue Sea skipped class as LL managed to kick some shark ass! Good old Samuel L. Jackson, however, suffered a very different, and thus awesome, fate. I nearly cried tears of joy as a shark tore his ass up mid speech. I think the super intelligent shark realised Sammy’s character was bringing nothing to the table and decided to rid us of his pointlessness. I appreciated this.

My eyeholes highly enjoyed the crappy shark animation and the fact that pretty much everyone gets killed. So much blood! I think my favourite part is that the love connection going on between hero and the annoying scientist chick doesn’t come to fruition. I have the sharks to thank for that yet again. Good work guys.

A bad movie night CONTENDER.

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