Trailer for the 'RoboCop' remake is here to save us

Posted Friday, September 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM Central
Last updated Friday, September 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM Central

by Tim Briscoe

I really doubt anyone is eagerly anticipating the upcoming remake of 1987's sci-fi/action flick RoboCop. I believe we've all kept our expectations in check, assuming it will be yet another disappointing re-imagination.

The just released trailer may just change your mind. It certainly did mine.

Even if you missed the original, you probably know the story. A cop in the near future is critically injured. He's saved from death and turned into an android crime-fighting machine. The film was successful enough to produce two direct sequels and several forgettable made-for-TV and/or made-for-video installments.

This new movie reboots the series in a new yet very familiar way. Take a look at the trailer. You know you want to.

Perhaps your first response is the same as mine: how'd they get such a good supporting cast? Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbie Cornish, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Michael Keaton are all solid actors. Heck, Gary Oldman is probably in the top 10 of actors working today. No offense, but what are they doing in this movie?

Speaking of Oldman's inclusion, that's the other thing I thought of watching this. It all seems very Batman-ish. This RoboCop has dark vibe than the somewhat campy original. Painting RoboCop's suit black makes it look Dark Knight as well.

That comparison aside, this movie does look promising. It's been forever since I've seen the old version but I do not recall the protagonist's struggle between human and machine that this trailer indicates.

Oh, if you're wondering about the man in the suit. It's Swedish-born actor Joel Kinnaman. He's had roles in TV's The Killing as well as Safe House and the American The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He had a head-turning performance in the Swedish action film Easy Money in 2010.

What do you think? Does this trailer have you excited for the film? This new RoboCop is set for release on Feb. 7, 2014.

Do you see any similarities?


4 years ago
I am not holding my breath after some of the recent re-makes that really sucked (i.e. Judge dredd et al).
4 years ago
@Taxman-> Dredd was not a 'remake'. It was a totally different story altogether from the first film (Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone). Comparing the two is in error. Besides.. The 2012 Film 'Dredd' was fantastic! I have it on Blu-Ray and have watched it many times on my HD Home Theater System. The picture quality and sound quality are both top notch as well. In fact, it supports up to 11.1 DTS-HD Surround! A very rare attribute at this point! Stallone admitted himself in an interview that his version sucked (not necessarily compared to the new film, but in and of itself - I believe that interview was before the new film was even in production). Please give the 2012 'Dredd' another shot keeping in mind that it is NOT a 'remake', and maybe it'll resonate better with you this time around. Happy viewing, fellow movie buff! 
4 years ago
I am excited about the remake of RoboCop, but I'm taking it with a grain of salt. I too, am concerned that it may not have the emotional impact of the original film. I've purchased the original on Blu-Ray a few Months ago, and watched it then. I do recall Alex Murphy struggling with the idea that he wasn't quite human anymore. He was devastated to learn about what his current non-human state, and it was equally devastating to deal with us former family life after 'the transformation'. I saw the original film and its first sequel in Theaters, but I'm not entirely certain I saw the 3rd film. I know that part 3 didn't star Peter Weller (of the 1st two films), so, if I did see the last sequel, it definitely couldn't have made much of an impression (at that time, anyway) for me to not remember seeing it (at the moment). Sorry for the lengthily (and possibly somewhat erratic) comment. But, in short, yes. I await the new version. Only on Blu-Ray, of course. 


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