‘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. Honestly I was like what.. your remaking Robocop??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.. but after seeing this trailer.. hmmm well sure it will change up the story some. Ok sure the design is updated… the story will probably be more or less the same but it looks well done and not a complete slaughter of one of my fav early sci-fi flicks. I’ll give it a chance. It could turn out to be a really good reboot, maybe a franchise that gets done properly this time around. Still can’t beat Peter Weller though.

    • I was thinking the same. They may have deviated enough from the original to make it fresh. I like the idea that at first he is totally not in control of his actions but he thinks he is. Then somehow overcomes that? I’m interested to see how they explain it or if it is a deus ex machina moment. Could be good fun.

    • Benedict Cumberbatch can.

  2. To be honest, this is remake I want to be nothing like the original. It’s a concept I’m sure many want to do, but will always be accused of ripping off Robocop…so just call it Robocop!!!
    Same concept, totally different movie; I’m cool with that.

    Couldn’t capture the spirit of the original anyway

  3. Can’t wait for February 7th, 2014. That’s when I’ll be watching robocop (not the film using the robocop name for cashgrab reasons but the classic.)

  4. Man or Machine? Isn’t that ripping off the tagline for Iron Man 3?

    • Looks like an Iron Man rip off. I’ll pass.

      • Looks like an Ironman ripoff? How old are you? 20? LOL

        The story is nowhere near that of Ironman.

  5. I don’t know what’s with the positive response as it looks like another generic remake of a distinct classic but hey, its the same audience that praised the hell of the terrible evil dead remake.

  6. How does Murphy die in the original: He gets brutally beat.

    How does Murphy almost die in this: generic car explosion.

    • This is the only breakdown you need, really.

      • It’s a PG. Breakdown complete.

    • Um, Murphy gets his limbs and entire body shot off with a shotgun by the Dad from That 70s Show.

      Brutally beat?? Yeah no… thats not how it happened

      • He got brutally gunned down twice.
        First as Murphy at the hands of Bodicker and gang.
        Second as Robo at the hands of the cops at Dick Jones’ behest.

    • Generic is not a generic enough term, to describe how generic this piece of generic crap looks.
      Iron man is robocop, catch it in theaters on feb the 7th off how gives a f##k!

  7. I don’t know what’s with the positive response as it looks like another generic remake of a distinct classic but hey, its the same audience that praised the hell of the terrible evil dead remake.

    • Evil Dead was good, same for Dredd. Not all remakes are bad. But, I share your opinion on this “Robocop” looks way too generic ironmanish.

  8. I think a remake COULD have been a great retelling IF they had kept the violence and almost over the top satarical nature of Robocop. The original takes itself seriously in not taking it self seriously. Seriously.

    This one, just like the total recall re-do… just takes it seriously.


    I’ll wait for the DVD.

    • Sorry, I ASSUME it’s lame ass violence due to the PG rating.

    • I don’t think it’s possible to recreate paul verhoven’s tone without opening yourself up to comparison, criticism and embarrassment. This looks like the smart way to tackle this.. A fresh director and a top draw cast, dark knight-esque violence (non graphic but still very tense).

      How many R rated sci-fi franchises exist outside the world of Aliens/Predator? The world of Robocop has so much scope for expansion they’d be crazy to limit that to just adults.

      Robocop is one of my all time favourites but I’m of the opinion that younger audiences WANT to engage with more intelligent science fiction, so I’m happy about a softer rating as long as the big questions are still being asked.

      Don’t compare this to the totall recall remake, they’re clearly in a COMPLETELY different class based on the director and cast alone.

      • You make a great point, and I don’t often say that to people as I am a giant argumentative asshole. However as much as i agree with you, my overall problem is that all movies with any kind of real budget are now made for a younger audience. There is nothing left for us,Sometimes you need to see the violence, like in robocop, so you can identify with the characters state of mind. And lets face it there is a vast difference between making something accessible, and just watering it down for profit.

        • and I don’t disagree with that! but that’s not the world we’re living in I’m afraid. Starship Troopers couldn’t get made today

  9. The worst thing they could possibly do is remake robocop.

    …and it doesn’t look like they have, so I’m genuinely excited for this. It looks pretty fantastic in my opinion, and what a cast! That’s a ‘Batman Begins’ quality ensemble there.

  10. The PG-13 is a mistake, it robs this “re-imaging” of the possibility of properly re-visiting the themes of the original.

    “…with Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) having to battle studio demands…” would suggest that the certification is Studio influenced.

    This is “Robocop” in concept only. It’s not going to look at the same themes and it’s not going to do it in the same way.

    Unfortunately by making that change what that means is that it’s now a generic action movie with nothing new to offer and for me that means LoveFilm rental.

    The design work is good, like the new suit design, the CG looks ok I’m not going WOW look at that, it’s hard to gauge directorial and editorial style from a trailer but it seems to have a little flair to it so at least Jose aint a traffic cop.

    This will be a solid but generic action movie that looks at themes explored with greater success else where.

    I predict, depending on reviewer, that Screenrant will give it 2 1/2 or 3 stars.

  11. Horrible, just horrible. Thats all I can say.

  12. You’re gonna be one bad mofo!

  13. Looks alright, but I do think they showed a little too much ‘story’ in this trailer.

  14. This is a PG?? Oh my god, this film is going to suck BIG TIME!! The first film is a classic due to the reasons mentioned above, its satirical – This Robocop will probably have to take care of his kids at weekends and do his accounts at the end of the tax year. This is not even a DVD purchase, I’ll wait for Sky TV to get it. God bless the movie business, remake (badly) all of my beloved childhood memories, I am yet to see one that even comes close to the feel of the originals.

    • Hehheh your post is funny, …taxes…

  15. Kofi, I disagree with your take. I like the different take on Robocop shown in the trailer. We’ll see if it turns out to be a good movie or not.

  16. Looks not enough Robot IMO

  17. Its looks better than I was expecting so I’m game to see it…

  18. RebootCop. We could do with one of those these days

  19. So far I don’t see any problem with the movie. I think it will actually be a pleasant surprise. However the fact it is PG-13 is stupid.

  20. I’d buy THAT for a dollar!

    • That’s about how much its worth at most.

  21. This looks like it might actually be pretty good.
    I like the explanation proffered as well at the choice in armour colouring.

  22. There’s a bit of “Batman Begins” vibe on this movie.
    Robocop on a motorcycle looks a lot like Bats on his batpod in the Nolan movies. Yeah, Gary Oldman looks to carry over his magic from the The Dark Knight trilogy to this one.

  23. This has me interested. I will always love the “original” Robocop but this one has peaked my interest. More than likely I will go check it out because I like Kinnaman’s work. The fact is people will always complain about remakes/reboots. I didn’t think they should have remade this movie but it is what it is. I also thought they shouldn’t have rebooted Spiderman but yet people were happy to see it. If you’re going to complain about remakes/reboots, it needs to be across the board and not just certain ones.

  24. What’s with people loving film remakes only because they offer ” a different take.” They don’t even pay attention to how its told.

  25. The problem is if you do this PG you lose the adult audience and if you do it R you lose the kid audience and you need both for a big enough audience to cover the special effects costs. So you can’t win really with this kind of movie.

  26. I love how people instantly complain because it’s a remake, ignoring the director, the writers, the actors, all the little, yet important things that make a movie. Compare the staff that worked on this one to the one that worked on the Total Recall remake and see for yourself.
    Second, what’s the problem with being a PG-13 movie now? You’ve suddenly forgotten all the hundreds and millions of movies that are PG-13 and are good? Sure it might not be as violent but c’mon, the original one was as violent as your average B-movie with the same kind of special effects.

    And I love how they instantly assume this one won’t be satirical based on a 2 minute trailer that pretty much shows the head of a company making Robocop more likeable to the audiences of the world is set in. Makes you look really smart.

  27. People really get too caught up in nostalgia. So what if it’s not your Robocop? Some children may never see the original. If this movie does well, it’ll introduce the mythos to a younger audience. Just like the Internet to rip into something before it even comes out.

  28. The positive responses are unnerving and leave little to be hopeful about in regards to the future of the cinematic arts. There is something very wrong when a movie looks This Generic and there is a slew of positive reactions.

    It looks very very BAD. Get off your iphones and read a book people.

    • I know right. I said my opinions and everyone’s making fun of my response and even my name.

      Also, its the same crowd who loved MOS (ok but defninitely nowhere near “best superhero movie eva.) and Evil Dead (maybe the worst horror remake of all time.)

      • I got ripped for saying making a similar comment when it came to TASM. People got upset because the movie “showed a better representation of Spiderman”. A remake/reboot is a remake/reboot whether it be good or bad.

  29. looks good cant waite for it to come out