Listen: How the New RoboCop Compares to the 1987 Version

That angle continues to make RoboCop a piercingly relevant and refreshing antidote to modern superhero spectacles that aggressively peddle both sanitized sex (look, but don’t touch, Scarlett Johansson’s latex-suited Black Widow) and bloodless mass destruction and loss of life (the latest: Man of Steel, Pacific Rim).

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The ultimate failing of Padilha’s update is that, regardless of its feeble attempts at military-industrial complex commentary, it imitates such contemporary films by providing PG-13-sterile sex and murder via a traditionally structured superhero narrative, thereby failing to grasp the entire self-referential thrust of its precursor. Whereas the new remake sells macho-vigilante sadism with a straight face, Verhoeven’s gem peddles carnal carnage with a prankster’s grin—a distinction that, 27 years later, makes the original RoboCop worth far more than a dollar, even one of those buys-more 1987 ones.

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6 comments
Raymond Audelo
Raymond Audelo

Hated the remake. Petter Weller played the part perfectly.

Luke Vafiades
Luke Vafiades

I find it darkly humorous that Robocop Detroit is better off than real-life Detroit.

José Angel Vargas
José Angel Vargas

Kudos to Nick on this article, really well written points. I loved this movie as a kid for the robots and action but now that I'm older it scares the crap out of me because the messages make sense. It's scary how close we come to being such a reflection of the movies social themes in real life :-/

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Good movie. Cool effects, good story, great villains.

Kirk Burris
Kirk Burris

That might take some original ideas to make it better...

Jake Westenberg
Jake Westenberg

Here's a thought. Why not remake a film that was crap that came out. Not a movie that was successful.

 

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