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.
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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.