The New Robocop: More Human Than Human?

So, they are remaking Robocop.  It has Gary Oldman and a guy from the show the Killing as Robocop.  Except, not much will apparently set him apart from the “non-Robo” cops:

“The visor’s gonna be see-through. It’s going to be much more of a human performance. There’s not going to be any twitchy robot [he mimics very mechanical robotic moves]. Our vision of how a robot is going to be in 2046, it’s going to be a very human skin, it’s gonna look very human. I’m going to be able to put my signature on the body language, too. The first ‘RoboCop’ movie is one of my favorite movies. I’ve seen that movie probably 15 or 20 times. But from an acting standpoint, walking around just moving your jaw, it’s not so interesting. So this is going to be an opportunity to really bring a full performance to it.”

Seriously, the cold imitation of humanity in Weller’s performance is a large part of what makes the original Robocop work so incredibly well.  That Robocop has features of humanity that slip through-connecting to the man he was and influencing Robocop is why it is effective.  It is not a detriment…if they do not understand this, it makes me wonder what kinf og reboot/remake we are getting.  I mean, Gary Oldman is now the conflicted overseer of the Robocop project.  But Morton (Miguel Ferrer) is not conflicted at all.  He is a self centered business man amorally clawing his way to the top.  To change that (the character is named Norton in the reboot) fundamentally changes what made the original work.  Giving him a conscience and making Robocop behave and move more humanly seem like the filmakers are a case of missing the point.

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