Brazilian director José Padilha’s divisive remake of RoboCop opens in three months, provided it doesn’t get delayed, again. While the first trailer looked terrible, a second looked decent, and this new international trailer, with some additional photos, makes the movie look interesting. While the concept remains the same as Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic, there are enough changes that it at least looks interesting.
The latest trailer gives RoboCop, a refined look and feel. Officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnamen) wakes up after a terrible accident, and he still has his memories, but encased in a new, robotic body. He remembers that he has a wife (Abbie Cornish) named Carla, and a son named David, whereas in the original he has no idea who he was, but eventually discovers his former identity.
It seems that one of the big themes is the dangers of drone technology. While Omni Consumer Products had their hands in a lot of different areas in the original, OmniCorp in the remake has their minds set on bringing their autonomous combat technology to the United States, after pacifying foreign countries. There are even new characters, like Pat Novak, advocating for mechanized crime control in America.
Another departure in RoboCop is the exploration of Murphy’s family life. In the original, RoboCop didn’t have a family, just vague memories of a former-life, but in the remake he remembers everything about his family. If Padilha doesn’t play his cards right, this could come off as awkward and silly.
Sony also released new images from the RoboCop remake. A few of the photos feature Mattox (Jackie Earle Haley), a military tactician responsible for training RoboCop. RoboCop is more human than machine, otherwise he wouldn’t need training, his operators and engineers coul simply program him. He also wouldn’t need guidance and moral support from Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman), the scientist who creates him. You also more looks at RoboCop in his brand new black suit and armor.
Despite negative reactions to the RoboCop remake, there are some surprisingly good early reviews. Reports say that Padilha has captured Verhoeven’s vision for a bleak future, but with an updated look and tone, and with a PG-13 sensibility.
In addition to Kinnaman, Oldman, Cornish, and Haley, the movie also stars Michael Keaton, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. em>RoboCop hits theaters everywhere on February 12, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.