Sony Pictures has unveiled one of the more controversial remakes of the last couple of years: Jose Padilha’s RoboCop. The remake concept seemed to divide the internet in two important, but vastly opposing groups. Those who were excited at the opportunity to revamp another Paul Verhoeven film (Total Recall was the first) and those who felt their childhood was being ripped apart. Personally, I’m siding with the former. While I loved the original RoboCop, it hasn’t exactly stood the test of time. Being that it’s an effects-based action film, the VFX of 1987 are sure looking dated.
The new trailer also suggests that the film is exploring its options. In an attempt to broaden the scope of character development and give us an Alex Murphy worth giving a sh!t about, he’s being portrayed as a family man who never gets to know his young child following events that leave him crippled, burned and near-death.
So far, the internet continues to be divisive following the trailer’s release. Is it too early to call this out as faulty when Total Recall (2013) ended up being just okay? Yes. I bet you that if director Jose Padilha includes some moments of supreme badassery from his RoboCop, all the fanboys will turn their heads. We don’t always need a complicated story; just some characters we can get behind. That, and some awe-inspiring action mementos.
Then again, I could be wrong. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
The film stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel and Jackie Earle Haley. It opens in theatres February 7th, 2014.
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.