Robocop is one of the most iconic movie characters from the 1980’s. Paul Verhoven’s Robocop is a searing inditement of 80’s corporate policies, the media, and the overt violence of the time. Robocop is a brilliantly constructed film that is both enjoyable as an action film and as a satiric statement on the decade.
The new Robocop reboot does not appear to have any intention of having any meta textual commentary or satirical bite. The film looks like a Platinum Dunes remake. It looks bland, lame, overtly generic, and unimaginative.
Maybe the film will surprise us all, but somehow I really don’t think it will. It’s also being released in February, one of the studio’s dump months. That doesn’t bode well.
The official synopsis is:
In “RoboCop,” the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.