Reboots are all the rave in Hollywood right now without a care if the source material is an untouchable classic or part of a trilogy that ended last year. Robocop is the former; an ultraviolet 80′s action romp with brilliant social commentary on corporate greed and gritty gang violence. Above all else it was shockingly graphic with unprecedented levels of gore.
Earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con it was announced that the remake would be PG-13, essentially admitting up front that they’re taking the soulless bombastic blockbuster summer route leaving the modern stab a shell of its former self. Earlier today, the first theatrical trailer was released and well… it looks somehow worse than Hollywood’s reboot of another classic Paul Verhoeven sci-fi masterpiece in last year’s catastrophically mindless remake of Total Recall.
As evident from the trailer, Murphy’s iconic death has been retooled into something much quicker and far less graphic. Characters are sporadically thrown at you as suits decide whether Robocop should be his recognized silver color or jet black. None of the action sequences look particularly interesting either with most of the trailer playing up some melodramatic nonsense about Murphy’s humanity, an theme which was handled naturally, smarter, and more subtle in the original. Finally, there’s also a really annoying voice modification making the classic “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me” line sound ridiculous instead of forcefully intimidating.
This movie looks terrible but we did get a release date of February, a general dumping ground of movies studios lack faith in. Watch the trailer and tell us what you think below!
RobCop is due for release February 7th, 2014 and stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
This article was first posted on September 6, 2013