Happy Robo-tines Day! Ya know, because for some reason Presidents' Day weekend fell on Valentine's Day and the new Robocop is hitting theaters?
1987's Robocop is one of my favorite flicks of all time. It's a great piece of existential action satire meets technology western. Peter Weller is terrific in the role and Paul Verhoeven makes his U.S. directing debut one of the greatest of all time. When I heard they were making a reboot, I figured it made sense in this world of big budget, special f/x driven superhero movies. Nothing can detract from the original and let's face it, the ho-hum sequels, TV series and animated show had already diluted the brand so to speak.
While it's better than the Total Recall remake, Robocop probably won't be one for the history books. Starship Troopers is next so let's see if Paul Verhoeven can make it 3 for 3 in beating remakes of his films. Oh yeah, towards the end they tried to cram in a line from the original, "Dead or alive you are coming with me" which made me involuntarily blow raspberry and throw a thumbs down at the screen.