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He Is Not RoboCop; He Is Kingsman

Some people have commented that Kingsman: The Secret Service is a mash-up of Harry Potter, James Bond and bloody Kill Bill, which I cannot agree more.

The story follows a young man, Eggsy played by a relatively fresh face, Taron Egertonwho has been selected by Harry Hart/Galahad (Colin Firth) as a candidate to join Kingsman. What is Kingsman? A great question! Bravo!

Kingsman is a tailor shop and literally at this very moment, you can find pieces just like Colin Firth has worn in the film from Mr. Porter. However, under the disguise of a tailor shop, Kingsman is a secret organization that is beyond the systematic and bureaucratic corporations and governments, and they do things to keep world peace , to fight the evil. The round table is replaced by a long conference desk surrounded by dazzlingly suited English gentlemen. Even though, they are still called by those ancient knights’ names. The leader of Kingsman himself is called Arthur ( Michael Kane) who you may find him too familiar as Alfred.

The antagonist of the film is a genius billionaire Valentine played by Samuel L. Jackson , who strangely reminds me of Tony Stark. Valentine creates a special SIM card that is free to claim and free to use for the entire world; however, later it is revealed that the SIM card can broadcast waves that make humans aggressive and kill each other. Valentine’s plan is to reduce the world population in order to save the planet. World leaders, many of them, get on the same boat with Valentine, and they are implanted by another chip on their necks to counter the wave broadcasting from the SIM card. Hart and his bunch later discover that those chips can also blow those implantees’ heads off.

Hart (Colin Firth) and Eggsy (Taron Egerton)

Hart is accidentally exposed to the wave and kills an entire church of people. When Hart confronts Valentine outside the church, Valentine shots Hart at the head. Some people may start to cry at this moment seeing Colin Firth lying there liveless. Of course, Hart’s death devastates Eggsy, but even worse, Eggsy finds that Kingsman Arthur is one of Valentine’s allies. Eggsy kills Arthur and destroys Valentine’s plan with help from Merlin (Mark Strong) and  Roxy (Sophie Cookson).

The film starts with some really comicy touches, and the opening scene definitely reminds me of Kid Spy except that someone dies right away, who later is revealed to be Eggsy’s father. The fire between Kingsman and Valentine becomes wild when Lancelot, a Kingsman agent, is killed by Valentine’s assistant, body-guard and, maybe, butler Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) who has artificial limps that can turn into lethal weapons. The entire film is action driven and sometimes, there is a good laugh and Director Matthew Vaughn has done a brilliant job to bring out the quirkiness that his fans adore him for the most.

Kingsman might not have a powerful storyline like the Imitation Game or the Theory of Everything, but it is a social satire stunningly done. Even though, the film focuses on to bring visual enjoyment, the focus on an environmental cause is quite inspiring. Is Valentine evil? Is he too self-righteous to play God? However, without effectively controlling the world population, there may not be a planet called Earth in the near future. As well, the deadly weapon in the film is not the artificial limps from Gazelle or those gadgets from Kingsman, but the SIM card providing services free of charge, which I, personally, will be attempted if there is one. How much we have been depending on cellphones and the Internet can be concerning, and Kingsman might serve as a wake-up call for those who cannot live without their cells for a single second.

Neo-Robocop

Robocop is back! Not only did the metal suit get some face-lifting, but also did Alex Murphy himself become much prettier. The story happened in Detroit, 2028, which was pretty much the same locale as the original. The film transited so well from the roaring lion of MGM dubbed with Samuel Jackson warming up his vocal to his character, Pat Novak’s broadcast. The debate between the left and the right on the age of machines was brought up non-shyly at all. Step away from the screen, a similar situation in the real world American politics, there is the silly debate about global warming. Director, José Padilha, was not shy at all showing those machines and robots less than 10 minutes into the film. Stunning special effects! Soon, the protagonist, Alex Murphy, played by Swedish actor, Joel Kinnanman, who is modelly pretty, revealed himself and glorified his bad luck by gunning with automatic weapons with a pistol. In this neo-take of the sci-fi classic, Murphy was blown to pieces instead of being shot at head (and all over his body).

The good doctor working for the bad guys, Dennett Norton, played by Gary Oldman, was another crucial element progressing the story. Murphy was taken away his emotions, but his tragic accident haunted him, his son was upset, and ,voila, Murphy got his own emotions back, overrode the machine protocols, and killed the bad guy.

Remaking classics is quite risky unless it was Jugde Dredd, but Neo-Robocop was fairly enjoyable. The satirical portray of media was so explicit that I wanted to punch Jackson at his very face. The hypocritical side of Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) was so disgusting that people would forget Keaton used to be the Dark Knight all at once.

Murphy’s son (John Ruttan) was another thing done so right. In the original Robocop, Alex Murphy was a loner, and later became a dead loner brought back to life in a metal suit. The new Murphy was married, and an amazing father. Kinnaman did so well to portray a more multifaceted and more disturbed Alex Murphy.

However, the film was far away from being great. The second half of the film when Murphy went on to revenge was rushed through. Despite Murphy being basically bulleted to a beehive, people might still feel it was not enough. Showing the dangling remaining parts of Murphy once again before Audiences losing their hopes for a sequel did not culminate the film to its full potential.