The long-awaited first trailer for the "RoboCop" reboot has finally been unleashed, and with it a look at that newfangled Robo-suit in action.
Officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) barely gets to kiss his pretty wife Clara (Abbie Cornish) before he's blown sky high by a car bomb (a brand new and probably destined to be much-debated 'new death' for our hero). With "fourth degree burns over 80% of his body" (though that explosion looks like it would've been 100%), there's only one thing to do: put "a man inside a machine," creating "a figure the American people can get behind," as described by industrialist Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton, being delightfully Michael Keaton-ish throughout the trailer).
Murphy doesn't take too well to becoming a law-enforcing tin can at first, though soon he's patrolling the streets of Old Detroit (or wherever), delivering such eye-rolling fan service lines as "Dead or alive, you're coming with me." His new silver-metallic Robo-skin makes for a more organic version of the bulkier suit worn by Peter Weller in the original "RoboCop" (1987), though that soon gets an upgrade, too.
"Make him more tactical," says Michael Keaton, er, Raymond Sellars. "Let's go with black," he says, in perhaps a meta-nod to his fellow Batman, Christian Bale, inquiring as to whether the Tumbler comes in black in "Batman Begins" (2005).
The result is a sleeker, sexier RoboCop, one who looks to have more of a connection to the wife and son that Murphy was forced to leave almost completely behind in the original film. There's more of a battle between man and machine in this one as well, with the machine's programming only giving Alex the "illusion of free will," though soon that stubborn Irish flatfoot is "overriding the machine's directives."
The trailer also offers looks at the characters played by Samuel L. Jackson (Pat Novak, a TV personality) and Gary Oldman (Dr. Dennett Norton, one of Robo's creators), though it's distressingly low on personality-driven villains (we're probably going to miss Kurtwood Smith's incredible Clarence Boddicker and Ronny Cox's Dick Jones from the first film). We also get a look at the new ED-209 in all its CG-looking glory, though nothing will top the original's stop-motion animation.
"RoboCop" opens February 14, 2014.