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:
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