If you've read Screen Rant's 2014 Winter Movie Preview, then you're aware that there will be several "blockbuster-lite" films arriving in theaters during the first two months of the new year, before a handful of proper tentpoles arrive in March.
One such "blockbuster-lite" title on the February menu is the RoboCop remake, while a week into spring is when Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah sets sail. Both of these movies have garnered their fair share of controversy - for very different reasons - but also feature very impressive ensemble casts and have acclaimed filmmakers at the helm; the Black Swan director with Noah, the Brazilian auteur José Padilha (Elite Squad 1 & 2) with the RoboCop model 2.0. However, whereas the Noah trailers released to date have, by and far, impressed people with grand spectacle (even if they still harbor doubts about the film's substance), the reactions to the RoboCop theatrical previews have been far more consistently mixed thus far.
That said: we don't expect today's batch of high-resolution images from the two films to change your pre-release feelings, for good or bad. Nonetheless, they do offer a closer (and more detailed) look at RoboCop atop his motorcycle and/or Noah's massive ark - or perhaps you are more intrigued by images of Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) as the wife of cyborg Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) in RoboCop and Jennifer Connelly reunited with her A Beautiful Mind onscreen husband, Russell Crowe, in Noah. Whichever is fine, we don't judge.
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Whether or not you're onboard with Aronofsky's Noah re-telling, there's no denying that he looks to very much put his own stamp on the centuries-old flood story. If nothing else, the talent behind and in front of the camera - which includes The Perks of Being a Wallflower costars Emma Watson and Logan Lerman as Noah's daughter-in-law and son - is promising enough to suggest that film will improve on this year's end-of-March offering (see: G.I. Joe: Retaliation). High hurdle to clear, that one.
As for RoboCop: Kinnaman has gone on record to say that the film isn't a self-conscious remake of the cult 1987 Paul Verhoeven film, but instead an attempt to present an engaging sci-fi/action movie with a political/philosophical undercurrent that stands on its own two legs. We'll see if that holds true soon enough.
RoboCop opens in theaters on February 12th, 2014.
Noah arrives in theaters on March 28th, 2014.