Watch the First 'Robocop' Remake Trailer


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.

Jeff Giles's Latest Blog Entries:

What do you do when you own the film rights to a beloved comic book character that you've previously abused as a supporting player in a much-maligned superhero...
The August release schedule has its moments here and there, but generally speaking, that month is an annual cinematic graveyard -- not necessarily the place...
Eager for a studio-sanctioned glimpse of what's about to go down when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits the big screen on May 1, 2015? Good news, superhero fans --...
The Jeremy Renner-fronted Bourne Legacy spinoff did all right enough -- in fact, Universal's been planning a sequel -- but all things considered, it's been...
No one was quite sure what to think when Legendary announced it was working on a King Kong origin picture before it had much of anyone attached to actually...

Robocop (2014) Photo Gallery

More Robocop (2014) News


About Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles's picture

Jeff is an entertainment writer and editor whose work currently appears at a variety of sites, including Rotten Tomatoes, Paste, American Songwriter, Popdose, Dadnabbit, Diffuser, and Ultimate Classic Rock.

RSS Feed   Subscribe to RSS Feed