‘RoboCop’ Trailer #2: Meet the New Model of Police Officer

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 29th, 2014 at 4:44 pm,

Sony has premiered a second trailer for RoboCop online, after having released a preview clip for the new theatrical preview earlier this week. Indeed, the marketing campaign for acclaimed Brazillian filmmaker José Padilha’s Hollywood debut – a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult sci-fi classic – has begun to heat up in general of late, to coincide with Thor: The Dark World hitting theaters; and thus, get the film’s geek target audience to take notice (or so the plan goes).

Here is a shortened version of the official RoboCop synopsis:

In RoboCop, multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. 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.

The new RoboCop trailer forgoes the human drama – the emphasis in the first theatrical preview – in favor of more nonstop action and sociopolitical commentary. That includes more footage of Samuel L. Jackson hamming it up as a caricature of a modern news commentator, as taken from a longer sequence that was shown at Comic-Con 2013. In addition, we get a better glimpse at the various OmniCorp robotic products in motion, be it Robo himself or a higher-tech version of the iconic ED-209 mech.

It’s a fitting strategy too, given that Verhoeven’s original film has long been acclaimed for being an ingenious mixture of satire and exploitative violence – on the SRU podcast our Kofi Outlaw observed that RoboCop (1987) is the closest thing yet to a live-action version of Frank Miller’s landmark The Dark Knight Returns comic book, in that respect. Hence, drawing attention to those aspects of the remake may help to win over skeptical longtime RoboCop fans, while still drawing in newcomers who are less familiar with the history of the sci-fi property.


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The 2014 model of RoboCop features updated references to modern warfare and strife in both the Middle-East and here at home in the States, even though the film takes place in the (sorta) distant future of 2028. Problem is, the script – credited to relative newcomer Joshua Zetumer – just seems too on-the-nose with its commentary and philosophical dialogue. Meanwhile, the more pop-action entertainment aspects (see: the ultra-slick action sequences) seem to lack the grisly and pulpy edge that makes Verhoeven’s film so effective.

On the other hand, the RoboCop remake seems to share a good deal in common with the best installments in the franchise, as far as the elements in play are concerned. Similarly, the cast is quite exceptional, with a lineup that includes Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel and Jennifer Ehle. Maybe that will be enough to rescue this movie from being an ambitious, yet ultimately generic action romp?


RoboCop opens in regular and IMAX theaters in the U.S. on February 12th, 2014.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. robophobic hahaha jesus

    • Dude, I love your handle/name. Fits with the avatar…

  2. this trailer was less impressive than the first. will probably check it out on dvd.

    • Ya on DVD it will be titled RoboCrap…and robophobic was the dumbest thing I have EVER herd of. Come on SLJ cut out your eye and got on the right political thriller show!(aka Captain America:Winter Soldier)

  3. *throws rocks*

    • Clarence Boddicker, is that you?

  4. wow that looks awful


    • And that movie up there^ (RoboCop) is gonna suck and I’ll be back to say I told YOU so.

  6. Jesus i want to belibe but this looks like Sh***

  7. “We are going to make a lot of money”

  8. I think it looks good

  9. “on the SRU podcast our Kofi Outlaw observed that RoboCop (1987) is the closest thing yet to a live-action version of Frank Miller’s landmark The Dark Knight Rises comic book”

    This is supposed to be The Dark Knight Returns, right?

    • *facepalm*

      Yep, my bad. Thanks for the catch, though!

  10. The whole drone warfare/man machine thing could be interesting.

    I’ll just have to watch it, and see.

  11. This trailer makes me “Robophobic”.


    What if he falls over and needs to do a push up to get up or pull himself up??

    His flimsy human hand wouldn’t be able to support the weight.

    • It probably isn’t really a human hand. Just to make him think he can still be “fixed”. But sorry buddy, it’s a lie and you’re stuck a robot forever.

  13. Nope, I still can’t see any parallel between Robocop 1987 and Dark Knight Returns, but maybe it’s just me.

    The 2014 version still looks rubbish though that I do get for sure. Seems lessons weren’t learned after the Conan and Total Recall flops.

    • Yeah, I’ve been listening to the podcasts, but I don’t remember Kofi saying that, nor do I understand how he could justify a statement like that…

      I think it’s unfair to judge this new Robocop movie based on the trailer. This is the director of “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” working on this and I am confident that he is going to give us something special. I think he’s sacrificing similarity to the original Robocop in favour of political commentary that is actually relevant to today. For example, of COURSE they would use ED209 in third world countries before anyone would even consider allowing them to use robot policing in the US. That’s a really interesting idea and shows that they aren’t just being lazy with this one.

  14. you KNOW you wanna watch, you bunch o’ RoboPhobics…

    • Do not talk bad about me! :) Don’t see this movie if you want to live!

    • I have nothing against the Robo’s. It just this movie has one too many blacks in it. Not to mention the speaking roles for women. PG-13 means toned down violence and no T&A.

    • They are trying to do something new with Robocop rather than just redoing what Verhoeven did. This new director, Jose Padilha, has already made movies about military policing in Brazil. He has his own take on the more up-to-date political points they are making here and he’s not just going to lazily rehash what we already saw and loved in the past.

      I think this is preferable than someone coming in and trying to do the exact same thing all over again. Sure, it might be nice to have a high budget version of the Robocop we are familiar with using more up-to-date effects, but often those sorts of remakes feel like they are missing the spirit of the original and feel hollow as a result. And do we really think the original has been superceded? I think with a remake that takes the premise in a whole new direction, watching them both back-to-back will give you two drastically different stories rather than one good movie and one expensive-but-tacky knock-off.

  15. Hmmm. . . The First teaser trailer really got me excited for the remake. After this trailer, I really don’t know what to think. Great cast, though.

  16. I have a bad feeling about this one.

    And I ´ll keep saying the black suit is rubbish..
    The grey one looks so f***** awesome.

    The original 87 suit just needed a little update, thats all.
    but then, they had to come up with something unnecessary.

    Being different or do things different is not always in the way to success.

    • +1

      This trailer does look better than the first; it at least has a little style to it. But dang… that black suit. Ugh. It’s gotta go!

  17. One thing I dislike about this new Robocop is how Murphy looks like a guy that is WEARING a robotic suit instead of a guy who was maimed badly and integrated into a robotic suit.

  18. Lacking something
    Lacking heart

  19. Anybody missed the producer cameo ?
    “We’re gonna make a lot of money”

  20. I’ll rent that for a dollar (Redbox)!!

  21. Funny how the author criticized the script based on the trailer that showed much more of the story. Smart. I know people are going to bash me for saying this but…I honestly don’t understand why you’re putting the original Robocop on an altar claiming it’s a masterpiece. C’mon! The social commentary wasn’t anything new that other films haven’t done (even by its time) the action was obviously trying to appeal the dumb masses that wanted blood and gore and while the execution of the story is pretty good it’s stil a standard plot.
    Will this remake do something better? I don’t know, I haven’t seen it. Because judging something before seeing it it’s really stupid, but considering the writers of the script (Zetumer wasn’t the only one who wrote the script, y’know) the director and the cast it seems like it could do something good with the story of Robocop.

    • Shhh… nobody wants to hear the voice of reason.

  22. I think it looks completely awesome!

  23. Yeah, this film will not be as successful as the original because of the PG 13 RATING. This film should have been rated R or NC-17.

    Studios must make films that are meant for more adult audiences. As somebody mentioned before, that’s why Conan didn’t succeed.

    That is also a problem that Guillermo del Toro had to face when he tried to make At The Mountains of Madness. The studio didn’t want to make a film for an adult audience.

    • Um, the Conan remake was rated R.

      I’m surprised nobody over here liked it, it was just like the original! Over the top violence, dumb script, plot points that went absolutely nowhere, mediocre acting.

  24. Looks good.

  25. The director seems to be good, the cast is great and the trailer seems all right to me but I’m not that excited; going for a PG-13 rating was a terrible idea, movies like this benefit so much from gory violence like the original RoboCop, Dredd and Neill Blomkamp’s movies, they’re a lot more fun and exciting because of all the guts spilled on screen.

  26. flop guarantee it. looks like a b movie. hope im wrong

  27. There must be something wrong with me because I thought this trailer was awesome!

    • Ditto

    • I don’t know about awesome but I thought it was pretty good. I’m in.