Dead or alive, this movie is coming out. Die-hard fans of the original Robocop seem pretty divided by this remake, so the impending release of the reboot might feel like an ultimatum. However, Columbia Pictures has released a second, harder-hitting trailer full of solid action and cheesy lines worth saluting.
Director José Padilha is attempting to fuse message and motive with this update, stating at the San Diego Comic-Con that he’s attempting to approach the concerns of technological warfare. We’ve seen great science fiction achieve this, so we’ll see if this Robocop can be a vehicle for these philosophical intentions.
Robocop stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Michael K. Williams, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel and Jennifer Ehle. Even with such a great cast, I’m still concerned about its February 12, 2014 release date. A studio’s desire to dump it in the cold winter months of the New Year doesn’t inspire confidence.
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.