‘Robocop’ Trailer: There’s a Man Inside The Machine

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 6th, 2013 at 6:13 am,

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The Robocop remake has been a point of contention amongst fans of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven film – as far back as the remake’s announcement over half a decade ago. The road to theaters has been just as bumpy, with Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) having to battle studio demands in order to shape his vision of a modern-day Robocop story. Now fans are getting their first look at the Robocop remake trailer, but the reaction is likely to remain the same, given the footage.

While you may be familiar with the original, be sure to read the following synopsis for 2014 version, which will explore things from a different angle:

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.

The 1987 Robocop is one of those films that  people can watch and take away very different interpretations and experiences. Like many of Verhoeven’s films, it was a finely-tuned mix of conventional action movie tropes, gleefully trashy exploitation, and scathing social commentary and/or satire. It’s that latter bit that some people overlook: Verhoeven’s condemnation of American consumer culture, the rise of corporate oligarchy and an over-indulgence of violence within media entertainment is as relevant now as it was 26 years ago(!); however, Jose Padilha’s film seems to be a different sort of machine.


If you couldn’t tell from the trailer, the 2014 Robocop is a more philosophical tale, centering on the question of the nature of the soul, and what makes us “human.” While Alex Murphy’s fight to override central command programming was a minor plot-point in the original, it looks to be the major focal point of this new film. So the Robocop remake isn’t without a brain – it’s just a brain that is pondering thoughts and themes that other films – many other films – have covered before.

…And there doesn’t seem to be anything revolutionary or new about how this new film will cover that material. Given that we’re nearly 30 years on from the release of the original, it’s somewhat disappointing to see that this trailer doesn’t really offer anything new or interesting on either the visual, technological or directorial fronts. There are no neat concepts or thrilling action sequences introduced at all – beyond a Robocop armor upgrade we already knew was coming – and even appearances from actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch), Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), Gary Oldman or Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) inspire more “How did he/she lands in this?” question than excitement. (PS – Joel Kinnaman is not going to be able to touch the iconic performance of Peter Weller, if this trailer is anything to judge by…)

Unless they’re holding back something great,  this new Robocop feels like it will be yet another unnecessary remake (see also: the recent butchering of Verhoeven’s Total Recall). By the way: Did you know the new Robocop comes with wifi and a PG-13 rating?

SILVER LINING: the original film will get dusted off and paraded around again as this remake nears theaters – so we can at least enjoy that much.


Robocop will be in theaters on February 7th, 2014 (not a good sign).

Source: MGM

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  1. Putting my foot in my mouth.

    • hm?

  2. I mean offense, but I have no intention in watching this cash-grabbing remake. The original is all we needed. What a great movie that was.

    • Indeed.

    • But Ant-man, that is going to be a deep, not for profit, philosophical movie eh?

  3. Interesting.. thats all ill say for now..

  4. No…

  5. This looks Freaking Awesome!!!!!!

  6. I’d buy that for a dollar.

    • Knowing that there’s no way they can come close to the 1st two movies, I’m open to these guys doing their own thing and from the trailer, I’m excited!!

      If it’s PG-13, I’m sure it’ll still be better than the 3rd movie.

      Not gonna lie, “I’d buy that for a dollar!” even tho it might just be a mediocre movie. Only the nostalgia will play as the good part to the movie.

      Now I can’t wait to see what Deus Ex does without having to seem like they ripped off Robocop, in regards to the people who don’t know Deus Ex.

      Tbh as soon as they showed him as a cyborg, the 1st line to pop into my head was, “I didn’t ask for this.”

      • Actually interesting point. No matter how bad this one is it can;t be worse than Robocop 3. Which I had actually erased from my mind completely.

        * shudder *

  7. Hope this isn’t “Robo-Flop”!

    • I hope it is.

  8. I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m pretty hyped about this movie. As long as it’s Robocop, I don’t care how they’ve modernized it.

    • Eh?
      “As long as the title says ‘Robocop’ I like it.”
      What happened to basing it on content or visuals or whatever?

  9. I wonder if you would’ve said the same thing when the original came out, considering that the themes of satire and violence where explored thousands of times before that movie came out in many other films. Something tells me you’re the modern day equivalent of that old man who complained about movies with sound.

    • +1

  10. Some good, some bad.

  11. I don’t really remember the original because I was so young when I saw it. This trailer makes me want to check it out so, this video did a good job in getting me interested.

    • Honestly I have a hard time believing you haven’t seen it since release. Almost everyone I know has it on disc

  12. Good or bad, it appears to be channeling the original Robocop more than I was expecting. How much that really is…still a big question mark.

  13. Lets see its a pointless remake of a classic film. It is going to be released in February and it has a PG-13 rating.. Yea I am going to avoid this. Only thing remotely cool is the supporting cast of characters.

  14. Judging the original with no bias, it’s not a great film. It is good in that it’s great nostalgic fun. The new RoboCop doesn’t seem to be any better as a film put to the same judgement. I just hope people can get past their bias and enjoy the film for what it is.

    • Some will, some wont. See the recent Man of Steel for a good example of the inability of some to move on from previous cinematic versions.

      • With Man of steel, I was open to a more serious intrepation of superman. However, some of the decisions they made go against character.

  15. That looked terrible.

    I’ll pass.

    • … I wish I had something positive to say …

      …but I don’t like to see Robocop whored out like this either…


      Hollywood is an @$$H0LE

  16. Sometimes people just want to hate on something. As a fan of First Class, it’s funny to see people hate on its sequel without and real evidence one way or another on how good it will be. Here we have a movie whose trailer makes it look like one of the few good remakes. Of course it’s repeating themes and story ideas. Name any movie from the last 25 years and ill give at least one example of a movie that has a similar plot points or themes. As far as I’m concerned a remake is no less original than turning a book or comic into a movie. Still just a regurgitation of what we already have. A movie should only be judged from its opening scene to the end credits. Not what came before or what it’s based on. It may be just a cash grab, but all movies from major studios are.

  17. This is reminiscent of the recent Total Recall, another Verhoeven film that was remade so shallowly.
    It kills me to see this because it’s playing in the trailer more as a remake of a misconcepted Robocop.
    For anyone who doesn’t love these films, Robocop was a 80′s action movie icon. But really most people miss the subtext and black humor that was so brilliant in these films. The style was satirical, funny, gruesome, extreme and very creative.
    It’s look and feel are so different than anything else.
    I feel the opposite about this trailer. This remake looks like everything I’ve ever seen.

    The model 6000 SUX.
    The misfunctioning ED-209.
    I’d buy that for a dollar.

    I’m super bummed about this.
    Open to the positive arguments though.

    • Did you know which other movie had a great subtext, black humor, with satirical, funny, gruesome, extreme and creative style? Bloodsucking freaks!

  18. I liked the first one but this one promises a fresh prefecture and new generation will love it too!

  19. looks cool, but where’s Clarence J. Boddicker!!!!!!

    • This!

    • He’s still waiting for his “F*****g phone call”.

  20. 10 Other pointless remakes of movies that didn’t need a remake, yet somehow whenever they’re brought into discussion about remakes people will always ignore them:

    The Last house on the left (the original one)
    The Wizard of Oz
    The man who knew too much
    A Fistful of dollars
    The Departed
    The Maltese falcon
    Fatal Attraction
    We’re no Angels
    No way out

    • +9000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

      A Fistful of Dollars is the most greatest remake of all time!! Mostly nobody knows about Yojimbo.

    • “Oz, The Great and Powerful” isn’t really a remake. MGM still has the rights to the original film and a lot of the Baum books, and Disney had to pull teeth in order to do their own Oz film aside from “Return to Oz”.

      All they did was do everything Wizard of Oz strayed from in canon. Which I thought was really awesome, but the Dorothy story might not be as effective when the time comes to do it. Unless they do venture into the dark origins of characters like Scarecrow and Tin Man, both with very emotional back stories.

      • I wasn’t talking about OZ, The Great and the Poweful. I was talking about the classic 1939 film by Victor Fleming.

        • In a way, he kinda proved your point by not even understanding your point.

          • His comment, forgive me, is worded poorly. It sounds like he’s about to read off a list of remakes, and doesn’t get his point across.

            So yeah, you better think things over next time. Maybe “Here are 10 original films who didn’t need pointless remakes”?

            • The 1939 Wizard of Oz is a remake

            • @ ACW 007 Actually you are also missing the point… Every film he listed are remakes. Meaning the ones that you think are original are not! For example the 1939 Wizard of Oz is a REMAKE. Again the point he is trying to make is that people (including yourself, thus proving his point)make the mistake of thinking that these great movies are original when if fact they are remakes.

            • I thought his comment was a list of awesome remakes.

  21. it looks good loving they added a new colour black and kept the classic look but we know we are waiting to hear the classic line “Alive or dead you are coming with me ” i love that line

    • The “Black Suit” isn’t new. That was 1st introduced in the Robocop Live Action Mini Series with Robocop vs Robocop.

  22. Ummmmm idk about the black suit I think ill stick to my childhood robocop

  23. Looks like good, mindless action sci-fi fun! having never seen the original (sorry!) i have nothing to compare it to. so to me it looks like a fun movie. but ill probably wait until dvd before i check it out.

  24. I like it.

  25. WHAT A LOAD OF GARBAGE! WHERE’S THE GORE! THE DRUGS!? THE BLOOD!? THE GOOD STUFF THAT MADE US FALL IN LOVE WITH ACTION FILMS!? THIS TRAILER SUX. good graphics, big deal, i can get good graffix out of LotR. If you’re gonna remake something, make it better, not worse! WON’T BE WATCHING THIS STEAMING PILE OF CRAP!

    • If you want all those things watch Man Bites Dog.

      • The Original Robocop better … everything was better in the 80′s

        • Except for music, movies, fashion, cars, phones, tv’s, game systems, etc. unless a sense of nostalgia is all something has to have to be “better.”

          • “music, movies, fashion” all better in the 80′s

            • same argument can be made for people who grew up in the 40s, 50′s, 60′s, 70s, or 90s you’re argument has not merit to it

          • All the kids are wearing 80′s clothes now. And all the dance music pretty much sounds the same as 80′s synth tunes. Retro games are cool and cars from the 80′s could be fixed without having to take half the engine out just to replace a headlamp.

    • More importantly, where is your caps lock button? Did you lose it? Can’t you get a new one?

  26. This trailer has Michael Keaton

    I like Michael Keaton

  27. I remember the Robocop Live Action Mini Series with Robocop vs Robocop. Looks like they’re bringing back the Black Suit idea. Not bad.

    Tbh I see this movie being better than the Live Action Mini Series and Robocop 3.

  28. “He is all f?-!’@ up!” from
    Robocop 2.

  29. Seems like a good enough popcorn flick. :)