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Jennifer Ehle

REVIEW: 'RoboCop' ★★★

REVIEW: 'RoboCop' ★★★

Intriguingly ambiguous in its rooting interests, the "RoboCop" remake doesn't really believe its own poster. The tagline "Crime has a new enemy" suggests little more than point and shoot — the same old cyborg song and dance. While nobody'd be dumb enough to reboot the original 1987 kill-'em-up franchise by holding back on the scenes of slaughter in favor of sly political satire about arm-twisting Fox News jingoism or American business ethics, Brazilian-born director Jose Padilha manages to do all that and still deliver the product.

That first, excitingly sadistic "RoboCop," directed by Paul Verhoeven, paved the way for one of the...