This week at the movies, and our first official film review of 2014, we go back, and forward, in time. Director José Padilha dusts off an old 1980s classic about a new breed of law-enforcement. Joel Kinnaman is Alex Murphy, a new cop on the beat in futuristic Detroit who suffers a horrible accident that almost takes his life. OmniCorp, a multinational technology enterprise, sees in Murphy’s accident an opportune chance to bring their robotic technological expertise, predominantly used for military application, to the home front. OmniCorp’s idea to keep Murphy alive and change law-enforcement in America: part-man, part-machine, all cop. 2028 Detroit is put on notice. “RoboCop” is on patrol.
What am I expecting to see?: This remake is something that hits close to home. When I was a boy, my dad had the original 1987 “RoboCop,” directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Peter Weller Nancy Allen, Kurtwood Smith and Ronny Cox, on VHS and we had fond memories watching it over and over again. When news broke that “RoboCop” was being remade, my initial instinct was “is nothing sacred anymore?” Anyway, Padilha and screenwriter Joshua Zetumer, who I’m expecting to be faithful to the screenstory penned by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, want to bring a modern flare to a classic sci-fi/action flick and there is a good core of actors mixed into this feature such as Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley. I just want this remake to be fun.