Watch the First 'Robocop' Remake Trailer

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It's been beset by bad buzz and punted into the February wasteland on next year's release calendar -- and nobody was really asking for it to begin with -- but MGM's RoboCop remake is still clanking our way, and as proof, here's the first trailer for the Jose Padilha-directed version of the story that gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "I'd buy that for a dollar" in 1987.

In the new RoboCop, just like the old one, audiences are transported to a not-so-distant dystopian future in which crime runs rampant and the only real solution is to use cutting-edge technology to take a blown-up cop (Joel Kinnaman, taking over where Peter Weller left off) and turn him into a lethal, computer-driven justice machine. The main differences here seem to be special effects and Padilha's access to a better class of actor (Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, and Jackie Earle Haley are just a few of the famous faces here), although it must be noted that the trailer plays up the human element in the story, underlining the grief that would surely be felt by the cyborg cop's wife and kid, not to mention the cruel deceit inherent in using computers to fool a wounded public servant into mindlessly carrying out orders.

Still, three RoboCop movies seemed like more than enough in the '90s, and even if this one doesn't look like the craven act of desperation it seemed to be when it was first announced, neither does it appear to be the least bit essential. On the other hand, if you want to go to the movie theater next February 7, you'll have to see something.

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