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Movie Review: RoboCop Could Be Worse, But That Doesn’t Make It Good

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robocop-pics-press-kit-14Here’s the thing about the new RoboCop remake: more than a rehash of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, this film is a retelling of RoboCop via a device used in another Verhoeven joint, Starship Troopers. Samuel L. Jackson pops up throughout as ultra-conservative talk show host Pat Novak. His broadcasts punctuate the narrative like the “Would You Like To Know More” segments in Troopers, and they function the same way. Director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) tries for the same effect, but, like with the rest of the film, misses the mark.

Novak argues in favor squads of armed drones patrolling the streets in what amounts to a militarized fascism, much like the government in Troopers mimics that of Nazi Germany. The thing is, RoboCop doesn’t go far enough in that direction; super timid, it never pushes into the extremes that it needs to in order to get this point across. You know that there are people in the theaters nodding along, going, “the man has a point,” totally missing what the film is trying to get at.

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RoboCop Remake Early Reviews Are Mixed, Maybe A Drinking Game Would Help

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RoboCopThe new RoboCop remake will hit theaters next week. The film was originally supposed to be released back in August 2013, but Sony decided to push the release date of Neill Blompkamp’s Elysium from March to August 2013 to capitalize on a bigger box office. In turn, Sony then moved RoboCop from August to February 2014. When the project was announced back in 2011, fans of RoboCop were worried that a Hollywood remake would merely be a watered-down version of the ultra-violent original from director Paul Verhoeven. Hollywood has a bad track record with lukewarm remakes of popular genre movies such as Total Recall, Straw Dogs, and The Thing, but now that Sony has screened the film early, it seems that film critics are divided on the new remake from Brazilian director José Padilha.

According to a few early reviews such as Guy Lodge from Variety, the remake goes in a different direction than the original and is a surprising upgrade from the original’s sequels.

Shifting the prime target of its satire from corporate greed to post-9/11 jingoism, this well-cast, smarter-than-expected remake repairs much of the damage done to the iron-fisted lawman’s reputation by meat-headed sequels and spinoffs; it’s a less playful enterprise than the original, but meets the era’s darker demands for action reboots with machine-tooled efficiency and a hint of soul.

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Two New RoboCop Featurettes And A List Of Everything Wrong With The Original

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Jose Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 tech-noir classic RoboCop is almost here. Next week we’ll learn whether or not this worth our time, or a huge waste and another toothless remake of a movie we love. With the release date fast approaching we’re getting a rush of new RoboCop propaganda, including two new behind the scenes featurettes that dig into the technical and ethical ideas from the new film, and a video that catalogs all the faults and flaws of the original outing.

Yahoo debuted this two part look at the technology of RoboCop called “Man and Machine.” As with most looks behind the curtain, these videos are a mixture of footage from the movie and interviews with key members of the cast and crew. In addition to Padilha, you hear from stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, and Jackie Earle Haley, as well as various producers and off-camera players.

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RoboCop’s Joel Kinnaman Talks PG-13 Violence (Plus, Sample The Film’s Score)

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RoboCopThe RoboCop remake is only two weeks away. It’s been more than 20 years since a new RoboCop movie has been in theaters, so a whole new generation of fans can discover the character. While it’s unlikely that the remake will be better than the original 1987 film, let’s just hope that the new movie will be better than the sequels. One thing it won’t be able to compete at is the R-rated violence of Paul Verhoeven’s film. The brand-new Officer Murphy, actor Joel Kinnaman, recently discussed the remake’s PG-13 violence during an interview with Collider. Kinnaman spoke about how the tone of the film is darker than you’d expect from a PG-13 action movie, even comparing the remake’s tone to The Dark Knight. Kinnaman said:

“I didn’t really know that The Dark Knight was PG-13 as well, I didn’t know what you could get away with with PG-13…. after seeing what we got away with with PG-13 that battle became quite irrelevant. And the original RoboCop by Verhoeven, he has a very specific idea when it comes to violence and how you portray violence. I mean, he grew up in the whirlpool of WWII and was very affected by that, and he had this idea that when you treat violence way over the top it becomes comedic.

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New RoboCop TV Spots Highlight The Action And The Humanity

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After delays, angry fans of the original, and some promos that left us cringing in fear for what is in store for us, Jose Padilha’s RoboCop remake is almost here. With less than two weeks to go before we find out if this is a worthwhile revisiting of a modern classic or a complete pile of garbage, Sony has released another two TV spots, one domestic, one international.

This first new video definitely wants to highlight the action component of RoboCop. Let’s hope there’s more substance to this than just non-stop high-octane shootouts and robot fights. Though robots fighting robots is always a promising place to start, we’d like to see some actual character and story. That would be nice. From what we’ve seen, and what we know about the plot, we get the impression that this iteration of RoboCop is more human the first, more aware of who he was, and has more of a connection to his family. If nothing else, at least they’re trying to do something different. We’ll have to wait and see if it works out, but kudos for the attempt.

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RoboCop Remake Gets Some Crowd-Sourced And Home-Made Competition

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“Somewhere, there is a crime happening”

That snarky little dig at the upcoming high-profile remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult classic RoboCop kicks off the teaser video above for a project called, simply, Our RoboCop Remake. Not that RoboCop remake. Not the one with the dude from The Killing and the visor that won’t slip flip-flopping up and down and up and down and up and down. No, Our RoboCop Remake doesn’t need drones and black tactical armor and Michael Keaton. It just needs a brain trust of devout RoboCop fans and filmmakers on a mission to chop up Verhoeven’s film and have those pieces remade by a bunch of different people in a bunch of different ways.