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RoboCop Busts Heads But Doubts His Creators in New Trailer

RoboCop returns with more gadgets than ever in reboot of 1987 cult classic.

RoboCop returns with more gadgets than ever in reboot of 1987 cult classic.

Joel Kinnaman embodies the age-old conflict between man and machine as Alex Murphy, aka “RoboCop.” In a new trailer for the reboot of the 1987 cult classic, he struggles with his humanity as part man, part machine, while blasting bad guys in of all places, Detroit.

Murphy is a loving husband, father and most of all, good cop in a city that has fallen into the clutches of near anarchy.

He pays the ultimate price when he is critically injured in a car bomb blast. His wife, Clara Murphy, played by Abbie Cornish, must make a difficult decision.

Should she let him survive as a double amputee with burns over 80 percent of his body, or let OmniCorp make him whole, sort of, as the ultimate crime fighter.

The remake is loaded with philosophical baggage much like the low-budget original, which touched on such themes as media corporatism, gentrification, corruption, privatization, capitalism and dystopia.

The new picture, directed by José Padilha explores equally deep themes about the limits of technology. Some reports have even likened it to a commentary on the use of modern-day drones.

In another ironic twist, the film is set in crime ravaged Detroit in the year 2028, which doesn’t seem so far fetched given Detroit’s present day problems. The city has become the first major metro area to file for bankruptcy.

RoboCop is supposed to be controlled by his sophisticated new electronics. But do they have the power to override free will? When Murphy discovers that corruption exists at the highest levels of Omnicorp, he’s torn about pursuing his own creators.

The movie includes a strong supporting cast of Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Jay Baruchel.

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