You’re Doing it Wrong: Reboot of ‘Robocop’ (Updated!)- by Dustin Brewer

The first teaser trailer for the remake of ‘Robocop’ is now online and Dustin for one, isn’t having it.

GAME-CHANGING UPDATE: It was announced today that Hugh Laurie had departed from the project, only to be replaced with Michael Keaton! This changes everything. Keaton has become super selective with his roles, last appearing in 2010’s “The Other Guys” in a small supporting role that produced most of the quotes that came from that movie. Keaton will be playing the scientist responsible for creating Robocop and surely his presence will at least make some parts of this remake watchable. 

Above is the newly released teaser for the 2013 reboot of ‘Robocop,’ it’s basically a fake promo for fictional company Omnicorp and their new line of ‘protection enhancers.’

It gives us a look at the Ed-209, the main mechanical enemy Robocop must face and a few slight glimpses of Robocop himself but nothing of any real substance.

While the job of the teaser trailer is to pique interest in the upcoming movie, watching this trailer just filled me with a sense of dread and sadness because it’s highly unlikely that this new version will be half as smart as the original.

Hollywood has been out of ideas for a long time, so it’s no surprise that a remake to ‘Robocop’ is coming. That’s not even the disappointing part, the problem is it’s highly unlikely the new film will match all of the sneaky commentary that the original had.

Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film ‘Robocop’ is widely known for the brutal violence that originally landed the film an X-rating before finally, enough was trimmed that it could be given an R, but there’s far more to it than just graphic violence.

It’s a satire on the decline of  American industry in the 70’s and 80’s, there are news broadcasts throughout the film that talk of the high unemployment rates and all of the crime in the city that parallel the actual struggles the country faced at the time.

Robocop himself has also been considered a metaphor for Jesus, as Alex Murphy, is brutally murdered, only to be brought back as Robocop and in one scene, appears to walk on water.

The current state of Hollywood and remakes is to make every movie darker and try to push the audience and show them things they haven’t seen from the characters before.

It’s highly likely that this reboot will be graphic with its’ violence, not to borderline X territory or anything, but on par with the violence in the “Saw” movies or “The Expendables.” What’s unlikely is that the violence will strike a chord like it did originally, that the images of Murphy being brutally tortured will make audiences squirm in their seats and shudder at the cruelty of it.

The cast lined up is certainly interesting; Gary Oldman, Hugh Laurie Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson all have parts in the film, it’s unsure who will be playing villain Clarence Boddicker, but it’d be hard even for Oldman or Laurie to match the sadistic intensity that Red Foreman brought to the role. 

All that said, the film looks to have all the effects and violence of the original, but unlike its’ highly mechanic hero, it doesn’t seem to have any heart.

 

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