U.S. Release Date: 2/12/14
In the year 2028, robots are used to fight wars and rampant crime around the world, but the USA, much to the annoyance of a right wing TV talk show host (Samuel L. Jackson) is opposed to their use. Everyone is too spooked to turn battle and crime fighting over to machines seemingly devoid of emotions.
That’s the premise behind Robocop, a remake of director Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult action title of the same name.
Swedish born Joel Kinnaman, star of TV’s The Killing and Snabba Cash, plays the title character, portrayed by Peter Weller in Verhoeven’s offering.
His character is Alex Murphy, a Detroit cop who is almost killed in a car bomb explosion while trying to take down a notorious drug dealer.
That’s where Omnicorp, headed by CEO Raymon Sellars (Michael Keaton) comes in. The company, which has been made billions by providing robots to countries throughout the world, transforms Murphy, who’s barely clinging onto life, into a combo of man and robot.
“He’s a product they want to sell,” says director José Padilha. “He’s a prototype. He’s been developed, just like a soda company might develop a new bottle.”
“OmniCorp’s idea is that they need a man inside the machine, a man who makes the decisions so the corporation won’t be held liable if something goes wrong. They leave his emotions intact in social situations, but when facing a threat or when a crime is committed, the computer takes over.”
But it’s Murphy’s emotions which ultimately work against OmniCorp.
“He starts to search through all of the camera memories he has in his brain,” says Padhila. “He has access to all of the CCTV cameras in the entire city going back 20 years, and he starts searching for images of his son, his wife, himself, to remind him of who he is. And when he does that, his emotions start coming back.”
Padhila believes the film may be closer to science-fact. Robots, he says, will eventually be on the front lines of modern warfare.
“Everything in the movie is going to be in the real world very soon, and we’re going to have discussions about whether this is OK or not.”
Studio: MGM & Columbia Pictures
Director: José Padilha
Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Screenwriters: Joshua Zetumer and Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner
Producers: Marc Abraham and Eric Newman
Executive Producers: Bill Carraro and Roger Birnbaum
Image Info: Copyright 2012 MGM & Columbia Pictures. All Rights Reserved
Sources: MGM & Columbia Pictures