Excuse My Complete Lack of Interest in the New 'RoboCop' Remake Trailer

RoboCop remake movie trailer
Joel Kinnaman in RoboCop
Photo: Screen Gems

Please excuse my complete lack of interest as I introduce you to a second trailer for Sony's RoboCop remake starring Joel Kinnaman and directed by Jose Padilha (Elite Squad). It would appear, based on just skimming through this trailer, this time around RoboCop will have to take on a whole army of other RoboCops in an empty warehouse. Or are they just plain robots? Oh man, a half-human, half-robot police officer fighting a bunch of robots? This is going to be the most epic of all non-threatening battles ever!

Set in 2028, like the original film, RoboCop finds its protagonist in Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) who is critically injured in the line of duty, and advanced robotics are used to save his life, turning him into a half-human, half-robot police officer. Along with Kinnaman, the film co-stars Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jennifer Ehle, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Kenneth Williams and Michael Keaton.

RoboCop hits theaters February 12, check out the new trailer and poster below.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jaylav3205/ Jason Lavender

    Brad the part in the trailer you are referring to looks like a training exercise or test of some sort. Just thought I'd let you know.

  • Good Grief

    This looks terrible. "Robophobic?" "Bad cop, Robocop?" It's early days yet, but this could turn out to be one of the worst remakes of all time.

    • Paul Hennen

      Worse than Evil Dead or Bewitched?

      • Good Grief

        I actually didn't hate the "Evil Dead" remake but...ok...you've got me with "Bewitched."

  • robotsrule

    Look at what they did to Total Recall. The question is will this be worse or better than that? I bet this makes slightly more box office.

  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    Wow, this looks absolutely awful. Hollywood seems to be ruining one classic at a time.

    • Matt Belson

      The first sequel, Robocop 2, already ruined Robocop. This film actually looks worth checking out.

      • your mom

        No Robocain was the shit and would rip this new robocop a new one.

        • Paul Hennen

          I really liked the second film, the third one was ruined by PG-13 and the stupid rubber/plastic ninja's...

          • The Dog-Biting Man

            Do you have proof telling the PG-13 rating ruined the 3rd installment? Or could the real point involve you and these hot-headed non-NC-17 lovers NOT caring about whether it is as campy or not as long as it has gore and f-bombs? Schucks, because the remake of "Conan the Barbarian" was as filled with poor writing, it became as a box-office flop. And by the way, the situation is as obvoius with Sam Raimi's "Army of Darkness": it was as intended to being as rated PG-13. But when it was as submitted to the MPAA, it gets an unexpected R for a dumb reason involving: Sam Raimi deciding releasing "Evil Dead 2" as unrated after it originally got an X meaning ONLY adults could see it. And another financial victim of the R rating was as simply, "The Frighteners." I am talking to you Paul Hennen.

            • Paul Hennen

              Robocop 3 shouldn't have broken what didn't need to be fixed. Robocop 1-2 were bloodly and changing that was dumb. It also had poor writing, including the really bad campy rubber ninja's (who don't even fight him in the final fight, just kill each other). What we could use is a female Robocop...

            • your mom

              what do I care about finances? I am not a studio exec but way u talk
              it sounds like you might be hired by one

              • The Dog-Biting Man

                I was talking to Paul. When I said " I am talking to you Paul Hennen," I say that in an attempt to not letting you thinking I am talking to you.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    This looks like a strong D- picture.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Nardog/ Nardog

    I just don't understand why people are so harsh on this one. The Elite Squad diptych was goddamned amazing, and especially having read this /Film interview, I frankly look forward to it.

  • Silent Dogood

    This such a rip-off of Dredd

  • http://mattrisnes.blogspot.com/ Matt Risnes

    This looks quite good actually and has the chance to say an awful lot about America's increasing reliance on umanned drones to police the world, not to mention our infatuation with millitary hardware and destructive technology as a capitalist crutch.

    I saw the original Robocop in the theater and love it dearly, but I won't let nostalgia cloud my ability to give a film a chance. Especially one that looks as good as this does with as impressive a cast as this.

    I'll excuse your total lack of interest Brad, but dismissing something based on skimming a trailer for a screencap is about as reasoned an opinion as someone who hasn't seen a movie harping on your review of it.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Well, to be fair, I sort of dismissed this one before even seeing anything from it. I'll go see it and may be surprised, but screencap, trailer, poster, picture or not, I have no real interest in it. Now, if Michael Kenneth Williams was actually playing RoboCop then I might be a little more interested.

      • yrabadi

        lol... At least you're willing to be honest about it all.

      • http://mattrisnes.blogspot.com/ Matt Risnes

        "Well, to be fair, I sort of dismissed this one before even seeing anything from it."

        LOL That's the textbook definition of not being fair. I understand where you're coming from though. I refused to see the Total Recall remake based on the trailer as it was a run through of every plot point from the original, with a heightened sheen and less interesting cast.

        This Robocop project is vastly more intriguing. It doesn't seem to hit all the plot points of the original (seemingly going out of its way to address things ignored in Verhoeven's film), has an X-factor director and an absolutely inspired cast. Keaton alone is a masterstroke, but Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley and (to a lesser extent) Sam Jackson? That's some serious thespian firepower.

        The February release date is troubling, as is the PG-13, but neither of those factors unequivocally spells disaster. This is the remake I was most upset about upon its announcement and most pleasently suprised by its look and apparent direction based off the trailer. We'll see. I shall remain optimistic.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

          Ha, yeah I meant my "to be fair" to be a little tongue-in-cheek, but I just have a hard time getting behind these remakes any longer. Like I said, I may be surprised, but I can't muster up any excitement.

        • Matt Belson

          PG-13? The original had to be trimmed just to get an R (vs. X) for the violence. Does this mean the movie is tame or are we even more tolerant of screen violence today than in 1987?

          • yrabadi

            Bit of both I would suspect… But I wouldn't count on seeing much blood or a drug factory in this one. It won't have that kind of edge. No way.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

        Robomar comin'

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    The poster looks pretty cool, i'm not motivated enough for the trailer, perhaps another day.

  • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

    I'm done trusting remakes like these, but I will say the action looks inspired for the look of some shots, which means Padilha's hand on it must be a little noticeable. Besides that, February says the rest...

  • yrabadi

    It looks okay. I'm not thrilled with the aesthetics, but the director behind it gives me some hope it could be visually interesting in terms of cinematography and blocking.

    Plot-wise, I dunno... Time will tell.

    Not a fan of the poster... at all.

    If this is anything like Dredd 3D, I'm in.

    Lastly, Keaton. Keaton will be the best thing about the film.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    Robophobic? What is this, Futurama?

  • adu

    Hey at least the poster looks cool, or so I thought before reading 'crime has a new enemy'...gotta love creative tag-lines!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ArthurCarlson/ Arthur Carlson

      "Crime has a new enemy...one that appeared back in 1987..."

      Yeah, if you are doing a remake, words like new or original probably shouldn't appear in your taglines.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    Since I can't even tell what I'll decide to watch tomorrow night I'll defer deciding what to do in Feb/March until then.

    Looks glossy. Looks like there could be an attempt at some sort of social commentary/foreign policy critique. Looks like it could be as subtle and nuanced as a Neil Blomkamp film. Looks like there's some pro's and cons to be weighed up.


    • http://www.myfilmreview.nl/home/ Reindeer

      Subtle and nuanced here are meant sarcastically right?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester


  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I still think that this looks pretty good.

  • Kieran Sturt

    Looks like dumb fun. I'm one of the few who didn't hate the Total Recall remake, and if this turns out similar to that movie I'll give it a solid rental.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/inkwarp/ inkwarp

    nice francis bacon tryptich on the wall behind michael keaton : )
    i am tired of remakes like most. but, i did love the elite squad films, i can see why he got the gig. i am not holding out much hope though. you cannot top the verhoven films, if just for the satire alone... will wait for it on dvd i think : )

  • Paul Hennen

    I am sorry, this movie looks excellent. Training exercises, Robocop seeming to actually rekindle with his family, political commentary that's different from the original film...this is what Robocop is all about. Maybe we can get another Robocop that's female in a sequel...

  • dslacker

    I'd rather be killed by a Robocop than watch this movie - but I clicked, and that's the important thing.