Remakes and "re-imagined" movies are part of the cinema landscape these days. When these movies are announced, fans of the originals often feel the upcoming new versions will not be up to par from the source material and sometimes they feel the movie will be flat out bad. When it was announced that "Robocop" was getting the re-boot, many fans were not too pleased. Leaked photos from the set did not help much either. The first trailer was released yesterday, September 5 and it looks like all those negative feelings are going to be justified.
You can check out the trailer for yourself by clicking the video to the side, but get ready to be disappointed. The only positive about the trailer is that it appears that the movie is going with a new storyline. Instead of being killed in action, Alex Murphy, this time played by Joel Kinnaman, is a victim of a car bombing. He survives, but his wife is told he will no longer have a normal life, but the Robocop program can save him (who wants to bet the people behind the Robocop program, set off that car bomb?). "Robocop" was supposed to come out this past summer, but instead was bumped to winter 2014. That could be a bad sign too.
Overall, the "Robocop" trailer fails to impress. There is some familiar imagery as we see Robocop's gun is still kept in his leg, the new Ed-209 looks cool and one of the famous quotes, "Dead or alive, you're coming with me" is uttered in the trailer. The new look of Robocop still is not raising any eyebrows, the storyline we are introduced to in this first trailer does not really entice one to see the movie (the #1 job of a movie trailer), and even the action presented looks tired.
Maybe this will be one of those cases where the movie ends up being better than the trailer. We'll find out on February 7 when the new "Robocop" movie hits theaters everywhere.