If you scan Internet comment boards enough, you'll likely know that next year will bring a reboot of the classic 1987 movie "Robocop". Updated with the latest movie-magic technology, this Robocop is clearly aimed at the younger generation of science-fiction and movie fans who either weren't around for the original movie, or those who may have only seen it on VHS or DVD.
The first trailer for the film has hit YouTube, check it out:
As a fan of the original (I was 19 when it first came out), the announcement of a remake hit me hard. Remakes aren't supposed to be done of films you remember seeing in the movie theater when you were young - they're supposed to be done of old films that your parents went to. I think a lot of the anger about the remake/reboot is based on people who are realizing now that they're the old ones.
Going into seeing this trailer, I wanted to hate the movie, but I have to admit it seems interesting. The original movie was very cynical about the nature of the media, corporations and violence - it looks like some of that will still be there, but the new film seems to have added an interesting piece missing from the original. In the first one, the officer who becomes Robocop had his memory erased, and his family didn't know that he was still alive. In the new one, it looks like the family knows about this, and so does Robocop. The family dynamic here could be played up more than it was in the original.
With high-caliber stars in the new film (Morgan Freeman, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman and Jackie Earle Haley), I'm wiling to keep a more open mind about the movie than I did before. I don't think that this reboot, unlike the one they did for "Total Recall" a few years ago, will do as poorly. But maybe that's just me being mellower in my advancing years.
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