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'RoboCop' 2014: Differences Between the Remake and the Original

Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy in 'RoboCop'

1987: As mentioned in the intro, Verhoeven's approach in RoboCop (originally penned by screenwriters Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner) placed heavy emphasis on satirizing American culture while also presenting a gritty (and ultra-violent) science-fiction future.

2014: Padilha, on the other hand, toned down the violence and satirical elements (though some remain) in order to focus on modern philosophical questions (ex. Should an unfeeling robot be allowed to take a human life?) in addition to Alex Murphy's existential experience - as he tries to rediscover his humanity and maintain personal relationships despite being a man trapped inside of a high-tech cybernetic product.

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