As a self declared film geek and serious lover of Paul Verhoeven’s classic filmography, I know that every single time somebody mentions the new Robocop reboot, I should be hacking their internet connection, finding out where they live, and then pelting them with eggs and/or bricks as they exit their stronghold of bad taste. My street cred demands it. And yet, I can’t help but be kind of intrigued by what I’m seeing.
Yes, there’s lots to be worried about (the human hand, the PG-13 rating, the potentially mopey Alex Murphy, etc), but they are taking the character and story in unexpected directions, which has my interest piqued. Not to mention, shit blows up real good. All of which can be seen in this new trailer.
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.
I can’t be the only one who thinks that the updated version of the classic metallic-grey suit you glimpse a few times in that trailer actually doesn’t look half bad. Like I said up top, there are things I’m still pretty skeptical on (Robo-jack-rabbit-cop leaping around on everything still doesn’t look or feel right to me), but the new angles of using the robots and drones in war are appealing to me. Also the film has some very talented people in front of and behind the camera in director Jose Padilha, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Keaton and more.
All of this leaves me cautiously optimistic – emphasis more on the “cautiously” than the “optimistic” – to finally see it. Either that or I was just blinded by all the shiny explosions.
Dead or alive, Robocop will be hitting cinema screens on February 12, 2014.
Last Updated: November 8, 2013