New RoboCop Trailer Lays Down The Law

The new RoboCop poster (click for larger)

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

The remake of Paul Verhoeven’s ultra violent RoboCop has had more bad press than a Mel Gibson family SKYPE conference.

However, with the February release right around the corner, Columbia and MGM have delivered the new trailer online, and the result is very encouraging. Here it is:

Director Jose Padilha looks to have successfully replicated the original film’s political satire and given it a 21st century makeover. The preview starts by revealing that the US have finally tamed the Middle East, with the help of sophisticated infantry drones.

The creation of RoboCop using cop Alex Murphy, introduces the technology to the war torn streets of Detroit, while alleviating public resistance to non-human law enforcement.

Of course, there were a myriad of reasons behind the veritable kicking the project received online. But essentially, a leaked script, containing some clunky dialogue was compounded by the controversial new suit design.

What the new trailer demonstrates, is that Padilha has created a remake distinct from Verhoeven’s original, something that any filmmaker of merit would aspire to do.

Another impressive aspect to the trailer is the quality and brevity of the special effects involved. There are always fears surrounding the excessive use of CGI in blockbuster remakes, and it looks as though Padilha has thankfully resisted the temptation to do a George Lucas and go green screen crazy.

The cast, as we already knew, is strong, with Gary Oldman, Samuel Jackson, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish lending support to Joel Kinnaman in the titular role.

Robocop, which will be available in IMAX, will be released February 12th 2014.

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