First ‘RoboCop’ Clip Shows Off Murphy’s Battle Prowess

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 29th, 2014 at 4:31 pm,

As beloved movie titles go, you’d be hard pressed to find one more iconic than Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop (1987). A well-judged mix of action and satire, it’s still regarded as one of the best action movies ever made.

Understandably then, the announcement of a RoboCop reboot initially drew a lukewarm reaction. Indeed, nostalgia combined with other underwhelming sci-fi reboots of recent times – one of which was Total Recall, another Verhoeven brainchild – make RoboCop a risky box office proposition, regardless of how many big names (Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton) are present.

Though there will be a number of differences between the remake and the original, the basic premise is more or less intact: Detroit cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is critically injured and then resurrected as a cybernetic law enforcement officer against his will. There is one major difference though; whilst the 1987 original had Murphy slowly becoming self-aware that he is a machine, here our protagonist will be very much aware of what he’s become.

The marketing campaign has been on a big push of late, as Josè Padilha’s remake nears its release next month. Following the recently released TV spots, we now have our first extended look at the newly suited and booted Alex in action courtesy of IGN (you can watch the clip at the top of this post).

robocop movie 2014 trailer 570x294 First RoboCop Clip Shows Off Murphy’s Battle Prowess

For all the reservations that have been voiced about Padilha’s remake, one advancement seems all but guaranteed; the action sequences will be much slicker. That notion is certainly exemplified in the above footage, with Robocop dispatching drones with ease in a field test supervised by Gary Oldman’s scientist and Jackie Earle Haley’s military tactician.

In some ways, it’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t quandary for RoboCop. Too close to the original and be accused of lack of creativity, but too altered and face the wrath of fans for being too irreverent. Whether Padilha’s remake has successfully walked that tightrope ultimately remains to be seen, but what we’ve seen so far hasn’t done much to raise hopes, and the new clip won’t do much to change sceptical minds. With that said, the fresh ideas at play in addition to some well-executed action may yet gel into a worthwhile movie.


Josè Padilha’s RoboCop remake gets its US release on February 12, 2014.

Source: IGN

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  1. Looks fine, even with the dodgy effects here and there. What’s up with the ridiculous soundtrack, though?

    • This particular scene is soundtracked by Focus (The track is called ‘Hocus Pocus’). The cinematic score will be composed by Pedro Bromfman.

    • Here’s hoping it’s still a temp track, because that music is absolutely terribe. Was that yodeling, right before the clip cuf off?!

  2. wow. when will it be on cable?

    • Cable??Don’t you mean to ask “when is it gonna be on MyNetwork 13(former UPN)??”??Ha! :D

  3. B*tches Leave!

    • “Can you fly Bobby?”

      • “Well, give the man a hand.”

        • “IIIII LIKE IT!!”

          • “I’d buy that for a dollar!”

            • “Your move, creep!”

              • “State of the art.. Bang Bang”

                • “Just give me my f*cking phone call.”

                  • “ne ne ne ne ne ne ne ne ne ne ne ne” *gun shot*

                    • I’m Melting

  4. Looks pretty sweet to me. I like the way he’s actually pretty quick as opposed to his blocky movement in the original

  5. 99% of this article can be summes up as: “I hate this movie.”

    1% look at this clip of this movie I hate, you’ll hate it too so don’t bother watching it. Did I mentioned I hate this movie? I hate this movie.

    • You cant hate it, its not even out yet, stop being overly prejudice.
      Im definitely seeing this the week after the lego movie.

      • I was talking about the author of the article. Pretty much all of it is him saying that this movie will suck, that this clip won’t change anyones mind and stuff like that.

          • I dont think his comment was clear about what he felt actually and how he felt about the article.

      • I don’t think its a huge leap, to asume anyone over the mental age of 12, is going to hate this, but as luck would have it, modern audiences from 13-25 are not hard to please, and think satire is somthing you put on fajitas. So this is going to be a massive hit.”Me no want have think plot, make brain hurt, me want shiny shiny go bang bang”

  6. I’d buy that for a dollar!

  7. It looks OK but the soundtrack is a little too rodeo for me.
    Too bad Zimmer wasn’t available. This soundtrack is awful.

    • I suspect that we’re hearing music selected for the trailer. The actual film score is probably going to be different. I hope.

  8. Normally I hate reboots, but this looks good… Although I don’t know about dodging bullets…lol

  9. This film will only give more power to the original.

    Something similar of what happened to some fans when they(we)watched Nolan´s Batmans – we appreciated even more the Burtons batfilms.

  10. New Robocop needs to dodge bullets… xD

  11. Another one for the Netflix list.

  12. i’m not a robot…not that there’s anything wrong with that

  13. Looks pretty cool, but, um, that music needs to go. Hopefully this is from the rough cut or something.

  14. Great, another character that hollywood turned black. LOL

  15. Ahh, turning RoboCop into a CGI sh*tfest. Lovely.

  16. I love the original, and i’m completely fine with them making a remake, but i’m still not going to watch. Not because i hate the thought of a remake, but because it looks so boring!

  17. RoboCop was an amazing movie – full of ideas & dark subjects for a superhero movie – years before Batman tried to do it.

    It had great actors – great story – great suit design & a great director.

    How do you reboot a classic ?

    You can’t !

  18. Am I missing something or is the new Robocop is just a guy in a rubber battle suit? What happened to the robo part of Robocop?!

    • It should be called “RubberCop”

  19. Rubbercop ducking from gunfire to yodeling. Yea, fail.

  20. “Ok, fun times over….”