Monday, 17 September 2012

Robocop: Poster promises something most believe won’t happen…

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“We’ve got the future sorted.” Well if the negative response to the new Robocop costume is anything to go by then they have anything but sorted the future of Robocop. Let’s be fair though, there’s almost NEVER been a uniform preview (dodgy long range internet pic) of a costume / uniform for a sci-fi film that hasn’t met derision online. X-Men, Spider-Man (both sets) , Star Trek (2009), Thor, Captain America, Batman, The Dark Knight and more. The films listed did just fine and had outfits that, when you actually watch the film, worked. There’s definitely a readiness to jump on top of any film before it’s even finished, let alone shown, so this deserves the benefit of the doubt, just as other films do.

That said I’ll admit that I’ not fan of what the appear to be aiming for with that new suit.. Sure the black actually makes him look more like a policeman than some kind of corporate security model; but again isn’t that missing the point. This Robocop will have to tell its own story, maybe it will be about something else other than greed, over the top capitalism and the like. Maybe the bio-suit look will better reflect the 21st century take on Robocop? I don’t like it, but in all fairness, I haven’t really seen it yet, have I?

What cannot be denied is that a top cast has been hired in support of (let’s face it a global unknown) Joel Kinnaman (Safe House,  The Killing) who is playing Murphy / Robocop: Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton chief amongst them. The film opens on the 13th of August 2013 and is directed by José Padilha (Elite Squad, Elite Squad 2)

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