Yesterday, Sony Pictures released the newest trailer for their upcoming film RoboCop.
While the film is largely similar to the original film, the technology has gotten a rather large upgrade. Of course, this can be expected since technology has come a very long way since the original RoboCop’s 1987 release.
The film is set in 2028, where multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology.
In a riveting speech by Pat Novak, host of a show called The Novak Element and prominent supporter of mechanized crime control, played in the film by Samuel L. Jackson, he explains how every country in the world other than the United States is already using machines in order to maintain peace in even the worst neighborhoods.
“It is great to see American machines helping to promote peace abroad.” He says. “So then tell me, why can’t we use these machines here at home? Why is American so robophobic?”
Robophobic? That’s a new one. I’ll have to remember that one.
After Detective Alex Murphy, played by Joel Kinnaman, is critically injured in an explosion, Raymond Sellars, the villainous CEO of OmniCorp, played by Michael Keaton, comes up with the idea of putting a man in a machine. Half man, half machine. This brings about the “birth” of RoboCop.
After undergoing the transformation at the hands of Dr. Dennett Norton, played by Gary Oldman, RoboCop is awakened. At this point it seems that he is treated like more of a science experiment to be mass produced and marketed rather than a human being with feelings and emotions.
RoboCop is trained on how to efficiently use all of the new weaponry at his disposal by Maddox, a military tactician, portrayed in the film by Watchmen’s Jackie Earle Haley.
When put to the test, RoboCop overcomes everything they put in front of him. He exceeds all of their expectations. I do mean all of them.
They certainly did not expect for the human side of RoboCop, the side that is still very much Detective Murphy, to start taking over and rewriting his own programming.
At the end of the day, underneath all of the metal and enhanced weaponry, there is still a man; a man with a family still seeking the pursuit of justice.
Here is a look at the new trailer for the upcoming film RoboCop.
The upcoming reboot also stars Sucker Punch’s Abbie Cornish as Detective Murphy’s wife Clara. Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Kenneth Williams plays Officer Jack Lewis, Murphy’s former partner. We will also see Zero Dark Thirty actress Jennifer Ehle as Liz Kline, the head of legal affairs for OmniCorp, and This is the End’s Jay Baruchel as Tom Pope, the head of marketing for OmniCorp.
As we reported previously, the reboot of the 1987 sci-fi classic, is getting quite an upgrade in the form of an IMAX release. This will bring the experience to new heights with an immersive visual and sound experience.
Usually, I err on the side of caution when it comes to movie reboots; however, this one has struck my curiosity. There are a a number of very talented actors rounding out the cast, so I can’t imagine this movie not living up to a certain standard.
At the end of the day, we will all have to wait and see hen the movie is finally unleashed on the public.
RoboCop is scheduled to be released on February 12, 2014.