‘RoboCop’ trailer: Joel Kinnaman dispenses justice in explosive clip

Nov. 07, 2013 | 1:15 p.m.

Joel Kinnaman stars as the title character in Columbia Pictures' "RoboCop." (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)

Abbie Cornish, left, as Clara Murphy and Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy in "RoboCop." In the film, Kinnaman's character becomes the titular part-man, part-machine law enforcement robot. (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)

Samuel L. Jackson plays conservative media mogul Pat Novak in "RoboCop." (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)

Gary Oldman, left, as brilliant scientist Dr. Dennett Norton and Michael Keaton as Omnicorp executive Raymond Sellars in "RoboCop." (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)

Gary Oldman, left, Jay Baruchel, Michael Keaton and Jennifer Ehle in "RoboCop." (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)

Joel Kinnaman portrays the titular character -- a part-man, part-robot law enforcement officer -- in "RoboCop." (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)

"RoboCop" director José Padilha, photographed in Beverly Hills in 2011. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The newest trailer for next year’s “RoboCop” remake has debuted, and the clip offers a much more detailed glimpse at the world — and the politics — of Brazilian director José Padilha’s reworking of  Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satiric sci-fi film.

Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”) stars as police officer Alex Murphy, who is reborn as a coolly effective law enforcement machine in the wake of a car bombing, leaving him in a sort of existential limbo — he’s neither wholly man nor machine.

Padilha made a name for himself on the festival circuit for his documentary filmmaking before writing and directing “Elite Squad” and its sequel “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” — crime thrillers that became critical darlings. And he’s been explicit about his intentions to use “RoboCop” as a lens through which to examine the morality of drone warfare, among other contentious real-world issues.

“We’re making a movie that has action scenes in it, that has a lot of visual effects, but it’s a movie that talks about current affairs,” Padilha said in an interview with Hero Complex. “It talks about the use of drones and the consequences that this has, ethical and moral and political. I do see some of the documentary skills, if I have any, being inserted into the movie. I don’t see it as so different from documentary filmmaking; it is in a technical way, but not in a philosophical way.”

“RoboCop,” which also stars Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson as a right-wing media mogul, is set to open in theaters Feb. 12, 2014.

Watch the trailer and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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3 Responses to ‘RoboCop’ trailer: Joel Kinnaman dispenses justice in explosive clip

  1. Roboslob says:

    "Let's go with black." HOW ABOUT LET'S NOT. "We're gonna make a loot of money…" I hope the studio takes a MASSIVE hit on putting out this half-baked Iron Man / Batman rip-off. This has nothing to do with the themes of the original and can't hold a candle to that movie. This remake looks like, and most likely will be, garbage.

    • John W. says:

      Hey, Debbie Downer, an Ironman /Batman rip-off? How old are you? The original Ironman was released in 1987, years before Ironman. And I have no idea what you're talking about comparing this to any incarnation of Batman. You're not talking about the black costume, are you? Wow. And why would you wish financial ruin on an entire studio that employs thousands of hard-working people? Here's hoping YOUR employer goes under, d-bag.

  2. Robo87 says:

    Robocop 87 was about a machine that became a man, and from the previews. 2014 looks as though it’s about a man who yet is a fully function human being, morphs into a machine. I don’t believe we see this happening in Ironman or Batman. Good or bad, I’m going to see this anyway.

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