For those of us of a certain age. the word Robocop conjures up memories of the old 80's action movie franchise better known for its stark (some would say excessive) ultraviolence, bleak, sardonic humor and the warning of an oppressive future where conglomerates take control of entire cities in order to stop crime. In some ways, that future has played itself out with Detroit declaring municipal bankruptcy, but we still don't have the 6000 SUX parody of poor American auto manufacturing, or a conglomerate like Omni Consumer Products as the company managing Detroit (yet).
Now, and most likely due to the fact that Hollywood really can't let go of the 80's for some reason, the movie is getting a timely reboot with the plotline now revolving around MILITARY DRONES and its related technology being used to create a new kind of crime fighting tool to make money for investors. However, unlike the old Robocop where Peter Weller threw random bad guys through windows and spoke in a robotic monotone allowing for one-liners, this new one has the hero speaking in more of a synthesized human voice and exploring the humanity that still remains after becoming half-machine. The film is described as such and nods back to the first film in the original trilogy:
In RoboCop (2014), 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.
The movie comes out next February 7th and stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Samuel L. Jackson. The biggest change to this remake is the fact that the film will be rated PG-13 whereas the first film was a pretty hard R-rated action film and that was just the theatrical cut. Anyone excited for the new Robocop, or am I being overly nostalgic for what ended up being a middling film series?