Robocop (1987) vs Robocop (2014): Face-Off
It's safe to say that many lives were changed in 1987 with the release of Forever ROBOCOP, conducted by Peter Weller in the title role and directed by auteur filmmaker Paul Verhoeven. The deliciously violent film has been hailed as an oddly humorous work of outsider artistry rooted in a deeper meaning. Seriously, can you imagine a major studio releasing this now? It's almost impossible to pigeonhole the film: it's a sci-fi action film, a horror film, a satire, a philosophical drama about what it means to be human. It's a hard R even by today's standards, and yet it also targeted kids with video games and action figures. This movie had one TOY LINE by Kenner! The 80s were a great time.
It took a while for the inevitable to happen: in 2014, a remake by Brazilian director Jose Padilha saw the light of day, though Darren Aronofsky was once set to take the helm – what would have been a journey. With a PG-13 rating, packed with an amazing cast (including Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael K. Williams to name a few) and a sensibility that's worlds away from the original , the remake attempted to update the same basic story of a horribly wounded police officer who is transformed into a machine with modern visual effects, while retaining some of its predecessor's cleverness and social commentary, with mixed success. We know that Robocop is capable of mincing almost any opponent, human or machine, but what happens when he goes up against... himself? There's only one way to find out: FACE OFF!
This episode of face off was written by Eric Walkuski, narrated by Dave Davis and edited by Lance Vlcek. Check out the previous episodes below! Let us know which ones in the comments Robocop You prefer – the original or its remake!
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