Ok, So Maybe The RoboCop Reboot WAS A Good Idea After All [Trailer]

The first trailer for José Padilha's RoboCop reboot has rolled out online, giving fans the first look at how the Brazilian director plans to reinvent Paul Verhoeven's 1987 cult sci-fi action film.

The movie follows Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop - who is critically injured in the line of duty, giving the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp their chance to create a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Of course, the original movie was more than just a man in an aluminium suit shooting at things - it featured a political undercurrent as well as dark humor, intense action and over-the-top gore. It also earned two Oscar nominations.

Padilha's movie appears to hint at similar themes and although the first trailer features plenty of action, it sets out RoboCops' task - essentially to help clean-up a crime-ridden dystopian Detroit, a city very much in the throes of depression in real life.

In a new interview with the Los Angeles' Times Hero Complex website, Padilha was reminded of the original movie's politics, on which he mused, "Yes, absolutely, and we kept that. The thing that distinguishes "RoboCop" from most superhero movies is if you look at a movie like "Spider-Man" or "Iron Man," every kid wants to be Spider-Man or aspires to be Iron Man...RoboCop, he cannot touch his wife and his son, he cannot relate to humans in the way he related before he became RoboCop, so there's no aspiration to be RoboCop."

Watch the RoboCop trailer:

The ground-breaking original was also ahead of its time in that it featured fake ads for consumer products, including a board game called 'Nukem' - something Padilha was keen to retain, though from a more current and politicized angle. 

"Instead of having ads, now we have a right-wing media mogul who is Samuel L. Jackson's character, who distorts reality to his own purposes, and he talks about RoboCop all the time. So he kind of like is the parallel to the ads, but instead of being ads, it's the media itself," he explained.

RoboCop hits theaters in the U.S. on February 7, 2014.

Samuel L JacksonSamuel L Jackson Stars in RoboCop.


Contactmusic

Tags: Joel Kinnaman


Editors Recommendations

President Barack Obama And Wife Michelle Honor Late DJ Frankie Knuckles In Open letter

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have paid tribute to the late Chicago DJ...

President Barack Obama And Wife Michelle Honor Late DJ Frankie Knuckles In Open letter

We Still Don't Know When Letterman Is Leaving "Late Show" And Neither Does Stephen Colbert, Apparently

Stephen Colbert will be taking the reigns of the Late Show from David Letterman in 2015...

We Still Don't Know When Letterman Is Leaving

Neil Patrick Harris Rants At Fan During 'Hedwig' Show, But Was In Character The Whole Time

The 40 year-old actor's recent Broadway performance of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'...

 Neil Patrick Harris Rants At Fan During 'Hedwig' Show, But Was In Character The Whole Time

Moogfest 2014 Gets To The Heart Of Electronic Music With Shows From Kraftwerk And Pet Shop Boys

Moogfest begins in just a few short hours; here's what you have to look forward to.

Moogfest 2014 Gets To The Heart Of Electronic Music With Shows From Kraftwerk And Pet Shop Boys

Snoop Dogg Gives Brian Williams' Rap Of 'Gin And Juice' The Thumbs Up

Don't worry Brian Williams, Snoop Dogg doesn't mind your questionable rendition...

Snoop Dogg Gives Brian Williams' Rap Of 'Gin And Juice' The Thumbs Up

Tori Spelling And Dean McDermott Work Out Their Issues In New Promo For "True Tori"

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott’s marital troubles are no secret, thanks to their reality...

Tori Spelling - Tori Spelling And Dean McDermott Work Out Their Issues In New Promo For

Iggy Azalea: Fans sexually assaulted me at shows

Iggy Azalea was forced to quite crowd surfing after allegedly being sexually assaulted by fans...

Iggy Azalea - Iggy Azalea: Fans sexually assaulted me at shows

From Bruno Mars To Lady Gaga: Ten Celebrities Who Have Changed Their Names

What’s in a name? Well for some celebrities things might have been very different if they...

From Bruno Mars To Lady Gaga: Ten Celebrities Who Have Changed Their Names

Lindsey Vonn And Elin Nordegren Are "Close Friends" In Hatred U-Turn

Lindsey Vonn and Elin Nordegren have finally settled their differences after months...

Lindsey Vonn And Elin Nordegren Are


More recommendations

Comments

Joel Kinnaman Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Joel Kinnaman

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All