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Attention, citizen. Crime has a new enemy who’ll march into theaters in February. Though by "new," we also mean familiar, as it’s RoboCop, which so many of you reading this already know. Yes, it’s a reboot, but every time we get a fresh look at Jose Padilha’s upcoming RoboCop, we’re allowing ourselves to get a little more excited. Could it actually be good?
The Killing star Joel Kinnaman steps into the role of Alex Murphy in this remake, a top cop injured on the job who is "recruited" for an experimental crime-fighting program that turns this officer into a man-machine hybrid. Padilha told us in a Comic-Con interview that he hopes to better explore the humanity at the heart of Murphy’s struggle, and there’s an image below (captured by Digital Spy) that shows Murphy connecting with his wife (Abbie Cornish) in their family home… after his robotic transformation. Will RoboCop have more heart? Is that a good decision?
Don’t worry, though, these new images also show plenty of weaponry, and you wouldn’t make a RoboCop movie unless you planned on recreating the violence. Right?
Padilha has a top-notch cast for thie remade RoboCop, including Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie reportedly will broach the topic of drone use in military combat. But we’re just going into this hoping for better effects, memorable action set pieces, and the possibility of a sequel. The original Cop triggered a few sequels, so this could be a franchise in the making. RoboCop opens on Feb. 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Watch the latest trailer. Do you think you’ll give this a try, or are you too much of a purist to even consider seeing a new RoboCop? Share your thoughts!