Robocop Trailer Will Divide Fans And Critics

The Robocop remake gets a trailer.

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

In the age of the remake, the 1980s has proved fertile ground.

Despite this trend quickly becoming ubiquitous, movie fans are still suspicious of seeing former favourites re-hashed with computer generated graphics.

Unsurprisingly, the news that director José Padilha was remaking Paul Verhoeven’s ultra-violent classic Robocop (1987), was largely met with derision.

The original starring Peter Weller in the title role, was a true product of its time. The general consensus is that its sharp political commentary, coupled with its uncompromising, and rather disturbing violence, could not be replicated today.

Well, now the trailer is here, and the reception from critics had been largely positive. Although, the CGI heavy content, and the new design of the Robocop suit, will only serve to exacerbate fan rage. Here it is:

In fairness to the director, he was never going to be able to emulate Verhoeven in terms of blood and guts. But, while speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Padilha was adamant that his film would continue to touch upon modern political issues.

He said: “We’re making a movie that has action scenes in it, that has a lot of visual effects, but it’s a movie that talks about current affairs; it talks about the use of drones and the consequences that this has, ethical and moral and political.”

Of course, there is little point in prejudging a film based on a two minute clip. While there are still big question marks surrounding the script and special effects, not to mention that controversial black suit, there are no complaints about the quality of the acting talent.

The Killing star  Joel Kinnaman takes on the central role of Alex Murphy, bolstered by a stellar cast including Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and media mogul/villain Samuel L Jackson.

Interestingly, the character of Murphy’s wife, played by Abbie Cornish, will play a much more prominent role this time around.

Robocop will be released in the US and the UK on February on February 7th, 2014.

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