If Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop wasn’t called “RoboCop,” it would be much easier to embrace. While this remake evokes and/or borrows many designs and big ideas from Paul Verhoven’s 1987 original, the meat of the story is almost totally unique, giving it the feel of a completely different movie. Obviously, that was the point, but by simultaneously differentiating itself while also staying beholden to the original, the film is burdened with the weight of expectations and analysis of the original film.
That burden aside, Padilha has made a pretty solid movie. It has a lot to say and it delves into facets of the Alex Murphy character we’d never seen before. The story is global; the influence of media and government plays a huge role. There’s some really intense action, which takes a back seat to myriad points of social commentary and morality. Those points give the film a seemingly unique voice, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive piece. Padilha has brought together a strong cast with beautiful music and camerawork to make a movie much better than one would expect, but nowhere near what you’d hoped. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
It feels like there’s a Star Wars Episode VII rumor attached to pretty much every actor working these days. Most of the time, stars meet these reports with stringent denials, if they bother to respond at all.
But today’s hot rumor has a bit more meat to it than most. Actor Gary Oldman has confirmed that he was approached for a role in the J.J. Abrams-directed adventure, though he hasn’t gone as far as saying he’s actually been cast. Read his exact words after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
As remakes go, Jose Padilha‘s Robocop seems to be one of the more interesting ones. Not only does it promise a whole new spin on the core concept — by focusing far more closely on the toll that Robocopping takes on Alex Murphy for example — it’s assembled a great cast to help sell that story. Joel Kinnaman is the shining star, but he’s backed by the likes of Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Abbie Cornish.
The latest batch of photos highlight some of those talented supporting players, while also showing off how damn cool Kinnaman looks at Robocop. Check ‘em out after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Rise of the Planet of the Apes ended with humanity in dire straits, and based on the first trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes things haven’t improved much for our kind since then. The film picks up about eight years later, when the struggle against the virus and the infighting among the humans have destroyed civilization as we know it.
But the few humans who are left are eager to pick up the pieces and put themselves back together, and it seems that starts with a conversation with the apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). Think it’s going to go well? Watch the first trailer after the jump and make your guesses.
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Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
Tom Hardy kept a pretty low profile in 2013, after spending the previous two years zipping from Cold War thriller to Prohibition drama to superpowered blockbuster. But fortunately for fans, his release schedule ramps up again in 2014 with two promising crime pics: the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue, and the Stalin-era mystery Child 44.
In the latter, Hardy plays a Soviet military police officer whose investigation into a child murder attracts the displeased attention of the government. The first stills from the production have him looking sharp in uniform, alongside co-stars Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman. Daniel Espinosa directed the film, with Ridley Scott serving as a producer. Check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Most of the Robocop marketing so far has focused on, well, Robocop (Joel Kinnaman). But before he was Robocop, he was a plain old human known as Alex Murphy — and as the latest international trailer reminds us, Alex is lurking inside of him still.
While there’s more than enough action to go around in this new promo, the real focus is on the very human cost of Omnicorp’s new robot police force. It seems that being brought to the brink of death and then revived as a freakish android-man hybrid tends to take an emotional toll on a guy. Watch the video after the jump.
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“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” The first trailer for José Padilha‘s remake of Robocop is finally here. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish, it’s scheduled for release February 7. Check it out below. Read More »
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During the summer movies tend towards sun, superheroes and sequels. There are romantic comedies with huge stars, and animated 3D films generating lines that run around the block. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for the little guy. But maybe something else can sneak in. Paranoia, directed by Robert Luketic, is an espionage thriller that doesn’t boast any big special effects, just an impressive cast with an intriguing plot.
Liam Hemsworth stars as a man hired by one tycoon (Gary Oldman) to spy on his competitor, played by Harrison Ford. Amber Heard, Josh Holloway, and Richard Dreyfuss are caught up in the scheme, too. The film opens August 16. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »