Director Jose Padilha’s Robocop remake was always going to be an uphill struggle. Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original is adored the world over, and was a stunning piece of chaotic and anarchic cinema. Fans knew in their hearts that there was no way you could ever recreate that magic, and naturally there were concerns for Padilha’s remake.
When the first images of the new Robocop suit emerged, before the digital enhancements, fans went mad with anger, and the film was not looking very promising. However, Padilha is the man who directed the classic cop films, Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, and deep down I was expecting him to turn out a very impressive Robocop film.
Well, Sony Pictures have just released the trailer, and you know what, its actually not too bad. Granted the madness of the original is lost, and the gritty feel is gone, but this polished, more emotive take actually looks quite good. The suit. now in menacing black, is actually pretty cool and I quite like the added emotional take. Here we seem to really get in to the problems of Alex Murphy’s (Joel Kinnaman) brain controlling the machine, and hopefully it will make for some impressive viewing.
I also love Samuel L. Jackson in this trailer, and while Jackie Earle Haley’s Maddox is no Clarence Boddicker, his brief moment in the trailer as the possible villain looks good. While the trailer did not blow me away, I was definitely impressed.
Director José Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, with Abbie Cornish playing his wife Ellen, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, Jackie Earle Haley as Maddox, the man who dispenses the military training to Robocop, Michael Keaton will play Raymond Sellars, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak, and Aimee Garcia will play a scientists who helps put Robocop together. RoboCop is being produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Eric Carraro as Executive Producer.
Robocop is expected in UK cinemas 7th February 2014.
In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre 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 utilises 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.