The original Robocop was a quirky, eccentric take on the cop/vigilante film genre, but with a science fiction spin. It was also the first mainstream Hollywood film from Dutch director Paul Verhoeven. The film featured many of his own unique touches and independent/foreign film sensibilities. Many people credit Verhoeven’s anti-Hollywood view for the success of the seemingly formulaic project. So when it was announced that a new version of Robocop was in production, it was met with some skepticism.
Do audiences really want a Hollywood blockbuster take on a story about a cop that is turned into a robot?
That is left to be seen. But what is exciting about this production is the outstanding cast that director Jose Padiha has assembled. With Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, and Samuel L. Jackson we can expect some acting fireworks. Not only that, but the film stars the affable Joel Kinnaman of The Killing fame, in the title role. It’s great to see a talented performer like him get work in a high profile project like this.
So how’s the trailer? Well it feels ambitious, and it obviously wants to be cutting edge…but in all honesty it feels very Hollywood. At least to me.
We’ll just have to wait and see what the final product reveals.
Robocop stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Samuel L. Jackson. The film is directed by Jose Padiha. Robocop is scheduled for release February 7, 2014.
In RoboCop, 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.