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Dead or alive, you're coming with me in this first trailer and stills for ROBOCOP

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They’re remaking Robocop? Sacrilege! Blasephemy! I won’t stand for it! Next, you’ll tell me that Ben Affleck is going to be the next Batman!

That’s pretty much the consensus that has been following the film around since it was first announced, as the classic tale of a brave police officer who was gunned down in the line of duty and reborn as a murder machine designed for sporadic WCW appearances has been considered off limits by fandom. The first trailer has dropped though. And it might change your mind.

In “RoboCop,” the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

That…wasn’t so bad at all, was it? It’s clear that director Jose Padilha is going in a completely different direction, compared to what Paul Verhoeven did in the original. Verhoeven basically made a Detroit Jesus movie back in the eighties, but Padilha is making a film that questions just what such a cybernetic process could to the human mind, and who is really in control when the man and machine cross paths.

Even if the story ends up disappointing, I’ve got to say that this is one slick-looking film when it comes to visuals. And speaking of which, here’s a bunch of new screenshots from the movie:

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Joel Kinnaman

Robocop will be dispensing justice OCP-style next year February. It stars oel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel and Jennifer Ehle.

Last Updated: September 6, 2013

24 Comments

  1. I’m quite happy to give this a chance & am actually starting to look forward to it.

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 6, 2013 at 09:18

      Agreed, though the best one will always be the first movie with evil Red Foreman.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 6, 2013 at 09:24

        Yip, it’s like the first Highlander or Crow movies. The original is always the best.

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        • Hammersteyn

          September 6, 2013 at 09:25

          Including Total Recall.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 6, 2013 at 09:31

            I enjoyed Total Recall until the end, that just ruined it for me.

          • Hammersteyn

            September 6, 2013 at 09:33

            I missed Mars.

        • Tbone187

          September 6, 2013 at 16:27

          Although Terminator 2 proved that to a variable.

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  2. Hammersteyn

    September 6, 2013 at 09:17

    Why is his right hand uncovered???

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    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      September 6, 2013 at 09:22

      To give the impression that he is still human underneath there, and to make it easier for the public to embrace this product. It’s easier to shake a real hand attached to a cybernetic shell, than a cold, metal one according to OCP marketing.

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      • Hammersteyn

        September 6, 2013 at 09:32

        So that’s also why his visor can seamlessly slide open? Also they turn his suit black to make it more “tactical” which gives it a updated look I guess but the hand sticks out like Geoff’s missing beard. I always thought he was rocking a awesome beard going on his profile pic.

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    • James Francis

      September 6, 2013 at 14:23

      Yeah, it looks rather dumb. Does that mean his entire arm is still there and just armored? Maybe they did it as a counterpoint to the “lose the arm” bit in the original…

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      • Hammersteyn

        September 6, 2013 at 14:40

        Darryn gave an explanation below but it still sounds kinda dumb…

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  3. James Francis

    September 6, 2013 at 09:26

    This actually looks good! But you aren’t entirely correct – the man overcoming machine theme was strong in the original, specifically through the Prime Directives. I just hope it paces well – there seems to be a lot going on before Robo becomes Robo. We don’t need another origin movie.

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    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      September 6, 2013 at 09:49

      Fair point. But I do like the man vs machine bit going from sub-plot to driving theme in this version of the film.

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      • James Francis

        September 6, 2013 at 10:14

        I’d still disagree – man vs machine was the main theme of Robocop, at least as far as the director was concerned. Specifically, it was about Murphy turning into Robocop turning back into Murphy. The confrontation scene with Lewis in the hallway is a big part, as are the Prime Directives and the response by some of the cops in the ambush scene, where they refuse to open fire on Robo. It’s also key, as the main villains are both human and the main machine facing Robo is largely a satire (Ed 209 is pretty useless at his job). And the very final line of the film (“Nice shooting, son. What’s your name?” “Murphy”) cements this transition back into being human. Contrast that with the crotch shot scene, where the woman he saved tried to embrace him.

        The Detroit Messiah theme instead belongs to the second and third films, particularly in the second when you consider the Cain character as a false messiah and Robocop’s resurrection after they cut him to pieces.

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  4. Skyblue

    September 6, 2013 at 09:30

    So I am a big fan of the original and I am fucking giddy after watching that trailer!

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  5. Lourens Corleone

    September 6, 2013 at 09:35

    No thank you. Murphy doesn’t get shot to pieces anymore? PG-13? His family is still around? I just don’t think it is going to be good….oh no! He’s overriding his programming!

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    • James Francis

      September 6, 2013 at 10:36

      I have to agree that some of it doesn’t sit well with me – and the trailer appears to give the whole plot away. Then again, it is in essence still the plot of the original.

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  6. Lardus-Respect the beard

    September 6, 2013 at 09:54

    I was not interested in this movie at all, but this trailer sure looks enticing! Will add this to my wait list. THIS is what trailers are meant to do!

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  7. Kromas

    September 6, 2013 at 10:17

    Erase all traces of this movie. You have 30 seconds to comply!

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  8. WernerE

    September 6, 2013 at 10:30

    I guess it will be one of those films where the fan boys who saw the original will cry sacrilege, and the newbies who never saw the original film will say it’s pretty cool. I can’t deny the trailer looks pretty slick.

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  9. Tbone187

    September 6, 2013 at 16:22

    I was sceptical at 1st but damn, that looks wicked!

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  10. SaintsRowLee

    September 9, 2013 at 09:41

    It seems they stuck to the core Robocop story, but alas, I just cannot see them beating ole Peter Weller’s Part Man, Part Machine, All Cop…

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    • Nothappy99

      February 12, 2014 at 11:06

      The film is a Joke !!! A stain on the movie world I feel Robbed !! Mugged !!! The trailer is even different to the film !!! I payed to watch the classic line that was in the Trailer gonna sue I want my money back !!!

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