The best thing I can say about director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake is that, for better or worse, it tries to do its own thing. It makes an honest attempt at updating the scathing social critique of the original to fit within our immediate corporate and political landscape and I respect it for that. The most condemning thing I can say about the film is that I found it painfully boring. Aside from the original music playing over the opening title card and watching Samuel L. Jackson‘s spot-on depiction of the pure theater that cable television sells as honest political discourse, I rarely mustered so much as a grin throughout the film’s 108 minutes. To be fair, I don’t envy anyone who is tasked with making a PG-13 reimagining of Paul Verhoeven‘s subversive classic. It’s like Verhoeven was allowed to work with a sledgehammer and Padilha was asked to make due with a Q-tip. It was never a fair fight to begin with.
Opening thoughts aside, we’ll talk more about the RoboCop remake in this week’s Top 5 including an official review and interviews for the film. We’ll also cover the new trailer for Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence, Paramount’s decision to release Darren Aronofsky‘s cut of Noah to theaters, the first trailer for Melissa McCarthy‘s Tammy, and a trailer for the excellent looking doc Jodorowsky’s Dune. As is so often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Opening this week in theaters and IMAX is director Jose Padilha’s new take on RoboCop. For those unfamiliar with the film, it takes place in the near future where a company called OmniCorp has pushed drone technology to new levels, and they now want to mix the technology with a human operator. When police officer Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is gravely injured, OmniCorp takes the opportunity to use him as their prototype cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city. The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Cornish. She talked about how the film has a strong social and political point of view, how she got involved in the project, whether the script changed during production, how she wishes she had scenes with Samuel L. Jackson, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Trying to do a beat-by-beat remake of a classic film is usually a recipe for disaster, and to his credit, director Jose Padilha doesn’t do that with the new iteration of RoboCop. Paul Verhoeven‘s 1987 original is a mix of biting satire and ridiculously gratuitous violence, but Padilha turns RoboCop into a blend of familial bonds and social commentary. Unfortunately, both efforts never reach their full potential as the emphasis on the family relationship lacks depth, and the story casts too wide of a net on its commentary, so it never really finds fresh insight into any particular issue. Although it ditches the extreme violence of Verhoeven’s film, the new RoboCop manages to be at least a serviceable action movie with admirable goals.
In advance of its February debut, we have five clips from José Padilha’s RoboCop reboot to share with you. The new take on the Paul Verhoeven 1987 classic sees Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) taking on the title role as a cybernetically enhanced cop in 2028 Detroit.
The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. RoboCop opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on February 12, 2014. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
MGM and Sony Pictures have released five new images from RoboCop. The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city, but things don’t go as planned. In addition to giving us more images of the cast, the most noteworthy image shows us a suit that looks highly reminiscent of the iconic one from Paul Verhoeven‘s 1987 original. This version looks pretty crappy, and that’s probably intentional since Murphy is presumably meant to evolve from this fat, clunky suit to the sleek black one.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. RoboCop opens February 12, 2014.
MGM and Sony have just released the new trailer and poster for Jose Padilha‘s remake of Paul Verhoeven‘s RoboCop. The film takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of taking blown-apart cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and turning him into a cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops that the company hopes to put in every city around the country, but obviously things don’t go as planned. For me, this trailer is not a good sign. None of the action looks particularly interesting and the few laugh lines (“Robophobic”, “Good Cop/RoboCop”) land with a thud. I think we could be looking at a movie that’s just as pointless as the remake of Verhoeven’s Total Recall.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. RoboCop opens February 12, 2014.
The first trailer for director José Padilha’s RoboCop remake just hit, and a few new official stills came along for the ride. They feature new looks at stars Joel Kinnaman, who plays protagonist Alex Murphy and is seen here in full, tactical Robo-getup; Abbie Cornish as his wife, Clara Murphy; Samuel L. Jackson as conservative media mogul, Pat Novak; and RoboCop-creator, Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) with Michael Keaton as OmniCorp’s CEO, Raymond Sellars.
Also starring Jay Baruchel and Jackie Earle Haley, RoboCop opens February 7, 2014. Hit the jump to view the new images.
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.
While at Comic-Con this weekend for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, and director Jose Padilha spoke to the press about their new futuristic sci-fi thriller, Robocop, a reimagining of the 1980s cult classic. In the year 2028, the multinational conglomerate, OmniCorp, is at the center of robot technology. In a Detroit ravaged by crime, OmniCorp sees an opening for the perfect policeman – a robot that can clean up the city without putting polices lives at risk. The idea of a robot pulling the trigger makes people anxious, but they find a compromise in Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) and discover what happens when man and machine unite.
During the interview, they talked about their reactions when they first heard there would be a new Robocop and read the script, how the original story and themes inspired the modern film and what they brought from the original, why iconic lines from the first film didn’t make it into the second, the importance of making an entertaining film that is also morally intelligent, the relationship between fascism and robotics, what it’s like to play iconic characters in iconic movies, and how dope it would be if you could remake earlier groundbreaking films with today’s technology. Check out what they have to say after the jump.
Last year, Total Recall provided an important reminder: It’s very dangerous to try and remake Paul Verhoeven. He not only made off-kilter blockbuster movies, but he made them in a time when a director could get away with off-kilter blockbuster movies. The R-rating definitely helped, but there was also a strangeness that some could find off-putting. The original RoboCop has its share off odd moments, but what stands out more than the action scenes is the satire like the fake commercials. My biggest question about the remake was if they would carry over the social commentary, or make a forgettable action film featuring a killer cyborg police officer. I got closer to an answer at this afternoon’s Comic-Con panel for the film where Sony showed the first footage from the remake.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel. RoboCop opens February 7, 2014.
Universal Pictures has released a new image from director Jeff Wadlow’s upcoming sequel Kick-Ass 2, and this time it’s all about The Mother F%&*^r. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is seen checking out his new look as the aptly-named supervillain, sporting an outfit that is at once sinister and sexually suggestive. The film’s red-band trailers promise that Wadlow isn’t holding back for the R-rated follow-up, and I’m eager to see more of the character interplay between Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Chloe Grace Moretz. The film opens in theaters on August 16th.
Additionally, the first image from the supernatural thriller Solace has been unveiled. The film centers on a former doctor with psychic abilities who gets roped in by the FBI to aid in a serial killer case. Anthony Hopkins plays the doctor, while Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Abbie Cornish are FBI agents working to track down the killer, played by Colin Farrell. Filming is set to wrap on the film this week. Hit the jump to check out both images.
We’ve got some new casting news covering a few different film genres:
- Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, and Cedric the Entertainer have joined Jason Statham’s upcoming action flick Heat, about a gambling addict and ex-mercenary named Nick (played by Statham) working for hire in Las Vegas.
- Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) has reportedly landed the role of the leading lady in Afonso Poyart’s upcoming film Solace, which will also star Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins.
- Veep star Timothy Simons has joined Ivan Reitman’s NFL comedy Draft Day, where he will play Marx, a Cleveland Browns scout with a big personality.
Hit the jump for more information on each casting bit, folks.
The indie drama The Girl features Australian actress Abbie Cornish in a tragic, heartfelt and ultimately hopeful performance as Ashley Colton, a single mother in Texas who is struggling with the loss of her son to Social Services. When her path collides with a young girl from Mexico, she finds herself in the middle of a life-changing journey that forces her to confront and deal with the cycle of her past.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Abbie Cornish talked about how she came to be a part of this film, how easy she found this character to relate to, learning to speak with a Texas accent and in fluent Spanish (for which she had three months of lessons), how quickly she bonded with the young actress who plays Rosa (Maritza Santiago Hernandez), how intense the entire experience was, and the way she thinks things might have turned out for her character. She also talked about how fun the experience of making the RoboCop remake was, told a funny story about co-star Gary Oldman in the airport, what it was like to work with paparazzi trying to get photos, how she hopes to shoot Fellini Black and White (about Federico Fellini) next, and what her dream role would be. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
New images from the set of director Jose Padilha’s RoboCop remake show off more looks at the film’s futuristic vehicles. We’ve seen glimpses of the cop car and taxi before, and the motorcycle popped up recently, but now we have much more extensive looks at all of them. With all these vehicles to wash and wax, it’s no wonder the film was recently bumped to 2014. As a bonus, we finally know the answer to why Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) retains one human hand as the cyborg-cop: bunny fingers.
RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel and Jackie Earle Haley. RoboCop opens February 7th, 2014. Hit the jump to see the images. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images and video.]
CBS Films has released seven clips from Martin McDonagh‘s upcoming film Seven Psychopaths. The film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mischief of his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a pooch belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson). I had an absolute blast with the flick when I saw it at TIFF, and found the movie to be painfully funny and incredibly clever.
Hit the jump to check out seven clips. The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, and Tom Waits. Seven Psychopaths opens October 12th.