Saturday, September 14, 2013

Top 5 Reasons to be Optimistic About the New Robocop

There is a lot of pessimism going around about the Robocop reboot that comes out next year. The biggest question that it faces is the inevitable "why" that reboots have to deal with. The original Robocop is a science fiction classic and a perfect snapshot of everything wrong with the 1980s. Why mess with it by remaking it? What can be added?

Those more existential questions aside, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about the new film. 



1. Joel Kinnaman in the leading role.
For those of you who don't watch The Killing on AMC, Kinnaman is one of the biggest draws of the show. He's a dynamic actor, familiar with the urban-cop territory, and has the gravitas necessary for a leading man. There are a lot of people that shouldn't be in the metal alloy shoes of Robocop, but Kinnaman is a solid candidate to step up.

2. The supporting cast.
Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Ehle, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams... the list goes on. Sure, actors can make mistakes, but the volume and depth of talent in the cast indicates their confidence in the material.

3. The director.
If you're worried about the new Robocop movie, go watch Jose Padilha's Elite Squad & Elite Squad 2. They're almost like non-sci-fi auditions for a Robocop film. They have intense, meaningful violence, corrupt politicians and cops, conflict with a brutal underworld in an culture grappling with a gigantic class divide... the only thing they're missing is robots and Detroit.

Baruchel outlines his own process for deciding to be a part of the reboot as a fan of the original. 

If nothing else sells you, the trailer shows a lot of promise. The key themes of the original are definitely intact, the special effects seem solid if not mind-blowing, and they didn't make the new suit look stupid.


BONUS INTERNET REASON!
Calling it Rebootcop. Come on, you know you want to #hashtag #rebootcop. This is a good internet thing even if the movie is a disaster. Future tweets will proclaim things like "some1 call #rebootcop on this ninja turtles reboot."

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