Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Jose Padilha’s remake of RoboCop. While it’s already getting plenty of snark from internet grumps, I rather enjoyed this first look at the new film. Sure, it’s got a bit of a Total Recall or [insert recent sci-fi movie] vibe going on, but there’s plenty here to suggest that the filmmakers will give nods to fans of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original while putting their own stamp on the new iteration. Star Joel Kinnaman looks to be charismatic as Alex Murphy, a trait that he’ll struggle to regain once making his transformation. There’s plenty of screentime to go around as we also get looks at Samuel L. Jackson’s media mogul, Michael Keaton’s string-pulling CEO and Gary Oldman’s conflicted scientist. There’s plenty to look forward to, so let’s not lose our collective shit just yet.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and, while you’re at it, check out these newly-released official images from the film. The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel, and Jackie Earle Haley. RoboCop opens February 7, 2014.
Click over to Apple to watch in HD. While the trailer does a nice job at setting up the story, it almost gives too much away (ie what happens to Murphy to set him up as RoboCop and where the plot goes from there to what is, presumably, the third act). As is the case with many trailers these days, a bit of spoilery caution is advised.
Here’s the official synopsis for RoboCop:
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.