Whether you like it or not, another classic sci-fi film from the 80’s has been given a futuristic make-over, this time in the hands of director José Padilha who gives an introduction explaining the context of his ‘Robocop’ remake and his method of bringing the concept to the big screen:
“It’s based on the original [movie} and I’m a fan of the original movie because it was a head of its time, which was ahead of its time both aesthetically and thematically. Back in ’87 there was talk already of automated violence… we already have the drones and now we’re going to have automated robots doing law enforcement and replacing soldiers on the battlefield. So, we had the chance to make this movie and talk about that.”
Check it out below:
In ‘RoboCop’, the year is 2029 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 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.
The film has a very sleek futuristic look and it gives a pretty good idea about some of the details in the film like how Murphy dies (this time from a car bomb and not with bullets) and the training that went into creating Robocop. There also are some great action scenes too!
However, a sleek look and some explosions aren’t enough to make a good movie. The trailers for Verhoeven’s other remake, ‘Total Recall’, had movie goers excited for the film but when all was said and done, the movie was a disappointment.
‘Robocop’ is one of those films that can certainly work as a reboot but if rumors of the details of the leaked script are true, this may be a reason to trust your robophobia from keeping you out of this screening.
‘Robocop’ stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldmann, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley and will be in theaters on February 7th, 2014.