RoboCop has a lot going for it. The PG-13 remake of a 1987 hard R classic is a visually appealing narrative with plenty of glossy action sequences. It ranks up there with Gravity and Avatar as far as its VFX goes. Add in a few nice acting performances and a fine enough script and RoboCop becomes a decently entertaining movie. The only angle that it is really missing is fun.
Today sees the release of the RoboCop remake on Blu-ray and DVD, and to celebrate RoboCop himself will be making an appearance in Detroit to throw the first pitch a the Tigers game. However, plans to unveil the crowd-funded RoboCop memorial have been cancelled.
Starring The Killing’s Joel Kinnamon, Gary Oldman, Michael Keatman, Abbie Cornish and a whole host of other prominent names, the movie made for a pretty good watch in theaters, and soon the action flick is springing onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, thanks to a collaboration between MGM Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
A film blogger recently brought to everyone’s attention that the original Robocop film is a near perfect example of a symmetrical story. Known as a chiasmus, the story can use the same events twice, while employing diametric opposition to keep the story moving. In other words, Robocop is the ultimate story of payback in equal measure, thanks to everyone’s favorite “bad mothercrusher.”
The crowd-sourced film was created by a mix of 50 amateur and professional filmmakers from Los Angeles and New York who agreed to split the 1987 action classic into parts to be remade. Rather than being an exact shot-for-shot remake, it is instead the various interpretations of the movie in the hands of the different teams.
After this weekend, Padilha’s reboot has crossed the $51 million mark, domestically. Here’s a number, though, that will really turn your head. RoboCop has banked $136 million overseas. Which means, globally, the reboot is fast approaching the $200 million mark. That’s sequel money.
With a passable but not outstanding box office haul last weekend, RoboCop's chances of getting a sequel may hinge on how well the film does overseas. In the meantime, we're faced with the question of whether or not the film needs a sequel. Do we want one? Would we see it?
In other words, they tried following up Robocop before, and it just didn’t work. To think they might try again, with Sony’s latest upgrade of the source boggles the mind.
The new remake from Brazilian director José Padilha is rated PG-13, cutting down on the extremely graphic content that was so crucial to the first film. It was a controversial choice made by the filmmaker, but one that star Joel Kinnaman wholeheartedly defended when I had the chance to speak with him a couple weeks back at a RoboCop press event held in Los Angeles.
And it seems as if their fears have been confirmed. Last night, inclement weather pretty much made the public both robo-phobic and wind chill-phobic, according to Deadline. Fans stayed home and the actioner barely got by The Lego Movie for the day’s grosses, netting only $2.75 million.
Now that we have a radical new vision for the character in theaters, the $130 million remake, it’s time to look back and realize, hey: this is a really strange franchise. MGM and Sony want to restart the film series as an exciting cross-genre blockbuster, but the fact is Detroit’s metallic gunslinger has been pretty well-traveled.
In the film, directed by Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha based on the action classic from 1987, Oldman plays an original character named Dr. Dennett Norton, a world-leading expert in the field of robotic prosthetics. He is called upon by the company OmniCorp to help in their mission to create a cyborg who can be powerful enough to replace human police officers out in the line of fire on city streets and take crime investigation to a whole new level.
Not a great week of movies. This is for sure a quantity over quality thing happening. And except for a robotic police officer, there is plenty a cornball love-dovey stuff for the Valentine’s Day crowd with tales of winter, endless love and stories about last night.
Keaton goes on to say that Kinnaman has it so easy in this redesigned RoboCop suit, joking, “You can go out and play three sets of tennis! You can move, you can sit, it’s got air conditioning.”
The next generation of RoboCop trailer says that next generation fire can only be fought with a more violent iteration of that fire. Enter the neck-snapping red-eyelined hero who will save Detroit from itself. This preview gives us exactly what one wants from this kind of film: ass whippings, vehicles flying all over the place, and explosions.