Robocop was a worldwide cyborg phenomenon in the 80s and 90s. Some of us may not be thrilled with the idea of Hollywood remaking Robocop but at this point, well, resistance is futile. The new Robocop film is set to begin showing on February 7, 2014 and will star Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
The film is set in 2028, with the giant corporation OmniCorp leading the robotics field. After the success of the conglomerate’s military drones overseas, OmniCorp now wants to bring its technology to the home front. When Alex Murphy (Kinnaman), a loving family man and good Detroit cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp uses cutting-edge technology to save Alex from permanent paralysis by turning him into a part-man, part-machine law enforcer.
Fan reactions has so far been mixed. Personally, I like the slick futuristic look of the labs and equipment and such but I think the new version has lost the grittiness of the original. Instead of a brutal murder, Murphy is injured by a more impersonal attack: a car bomb. They even changed Robocop’s iconic look from silver to black! He now looks like Batman and Iron Man’s lovechild. Robocop’s new look sans visor is also too polished in my opinion — he looks just like an attractive guy wearing a black suit, whereas in the original, it is more visually obvious that he is mostly machine, with a face tacked on.
Vangelis composed the songs in the Blade Runner soundtrack. The official recording came out in 1994, more than a decade after the film was released.
The OST is made up of the following musical pieces:
1. Main Titles (3:42)
2. Blush Response (5:47)
3. Wait for Me (5:27)
4. Rachel’s Song (4:46)
5. Love Theme (4:56)
6. One More Kiss, Dear (3:58)
7. Blade Runner Blues (8:53)
8. Memories of Green (5:05)
9. Tales of the Future (4:46)
10. Damask Rose (2:32)
11. Blade Runner (End Titles) (4:40)
12. Tears in Rain (3:00)
William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer is being adapted to the big screen. A lot of cyberpunk fans (including me) feel excited but at the same time nervous about how the movie will turn out. If there’s any novel that pretty much defines ‘cyberpunk’, it is Neuromancer, so I really hope the people behind the movie will do the book justice.
I’m quite intrigued if the movie’s aesthetics will feature future as we envision it today or if it will reflect how the future was imagined during the 80s (when the book came out). There are also rumors since July that Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson had been offered major roles in the movie, with Wahlberg possibly playing the main guy, Case. I am hoping that there was just a misunderstanding of some sort and that Wahlberg will be playing another character, because he is much too old and buff to be Case. Case is a 24-year old hacker, for crying out loud!
Anyway, comingsoon.net posted the movie’s teaser poster from the American Film Market (AFM) event.