During the doldrums of winter, there are not many high-quality movies opening in theaters. While we can still watch Academy Award-nominated movies such as Gravity, Her, American Hustle, and 12 Years a Slave in theaters, the new pickings are mighty slim. While Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit failed to hit the mark, the new RoboCop remake could be the first hit action blockbuster for the new year. With only a few weeks until it’s release, Sony is pushing RoboCop for a big opening weekend, releasing two new clips and an IMAX poster.
The first clip comes courtesy of Yahoo! Movies and shows off the remake’s version of ED-209. While the original had one slow-moving, yet menacing, ED-209 machine, the remake has a couple of faster versions. It seems that this clip might come from the end of the film, with RoboCop possibly challenging the higher-ups at OmniCorp, including Michael Keaton’s Raymond Sellars, the corporation’s villainous CEO. The action looks pretty good, with director José Padilha throwing some video-game-style POV shots into the mix. It’s harmless enough. You can even hear ED-209 growl!
The second clip comes from on Empire Online, which features Alex Murphy dreaming while he’s slowly becoming RoboCop. Murphy remembers slow-dancing with his wife Clara (Abbie Cornish). Interestingly, when the dream starts to disappear and reality slowly trickles in, Murphy calls Clara “Lewis.”
Of course, “Lewis” was the name of Murphy’s partner in Verhoeven’s original RoboCop, played by actress Nancy Allen. From what we can tell, there is no specific new version of her in Padilha’s film, but Michael K. Williams is playing a character named “Officer Jack Lewis.” It’s unclear why Murphy would say Lewis’ name as he’s coming out of a dream involving his wife, so we’ll just have to wait and see if that has any significance.
As for the scene itself, the special effects look good and convey RoboCop’s humanity and the struggle he has inside. The remake looks to have Murphy/RoboCop retaining more of his humanity from the start, so his wife and son David will play heavily in the new film. At least it’s different from the original movie, right?
Sony also released a giant IMAX poster for RoboCop. The poster looks very old school, as if it were from the ’80s. It features RoboCop’s four prime directives: “Serve the Public Trust,” “Protect the Innocent,” “Uphold the Law,” and a classified fourth directive. If you’ve watched the original film, then you know directive four is “Never Oppose an OCP officer/executive,” so it’ll be interesting to see if that carries over to the remake. It will most likely be the same, but we should give the filmmakers the benefit of the doubt.
Set in the year 2028, RoboCop envisions a time when a multinational conglomerate called OmniCorp has become the worldwide leader of robotic and drone technology. OmniCorp is winning wars around the world with drones, and now the corporation now wants to bring the robotic technology to the home front, to protect cities across the United States. Then along comes Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father, and honest cop in Detroit who is critically injured after a car-bomb attack. OmniCorp utilizes their robotics technology to save his life and turn him into RoboCop.
RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Kenneth Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Miguel Ferrer, Jennifer Ehle, and Jay Baruchel. The new remake hits theaters everywhere on February 12, in 3D and IMAX.