ROBOCOP remake finds its director and star

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  1. Mr. Adventure

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    Looks like Black Manta designed it. This Robocop seems a lot slicker than the old one for better or worse (or different).
     
  2. JarodRussell

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    Looks like a man in a suit on a motorcycle with fancy additions.

    Since he's actually a robot, why not let him integrate into the motorcycle in some form? But maybe that's another magical CG addition.
     
  3. davejames

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    Too bad they didn't at least model the rest of the suit after the helmet.

    A smooth, glossy black suit in the same style would have looked MUCH cooler, I think.
     
  4. Enterprise is Great

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    Good grief...it's actually a remake of Street Hawk!
     
  5. davejames

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  6. Chris3123

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    Robocyle video:

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2PjwvXEWOE[/yt]
     
  7. davejames

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    Watched the original movie again, for the first time in awhile, and it's amazing how absolutely awesome and badass Robocop still looks.... and how utterly dated and old everything ELSE in the movie now looks.

    It's pretty much the only design element that still holds up, and almost makes it look like he popped in from a totally different movie or something. Lol
     
  8. USS Mariner

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    To be honest, there's very little in the effects department that looks dated in Robocop. Hell, Starship Troopers looks even better than most modern CG. Given that Verehoeven started in the effects field, this isn't too shocking.

    ED-209's movement ranges from shoddy to almost-realistic, yes, but it's not nearly as head bangingly stupid as the squibs on the yuppie and Dick Jones going apeshit and the glass behind them not giving two fucks. That never looked good.
     
  9. Timby

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    The best part is as Jones falls, his arms don't scale with the rest of his body. :lol:
     
  10. USS Mariner

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    ^That's one of those things that's never been bad enough to bother me though. I mean, it's a stupid error, sure, but it's not nearly as jarring as a guy being torn to shreds and the glass behind him gives physics the middle finger.
     
  11. Flying Spaghetti Monster

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    I love the original film, the violence was part of the absolute glee and passion the filmmakers had for this story!
     
  12. USS Mariner

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    Not only that, but it's an excellent morality play and social satire.

    I've often said that if I have kids, one of the films we're watching together is Robocop. I'd rather have my kids exposed to ultra-violence in the context of an intelligent narrative than schlock that panders to mouth-breathers.

    I have a feeling I should never have children.
     
  13. Captain Atkin

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    I just saw the costume up close and in person yesterday, as well as the motorcycle. They are shooting in my neighbourhood in Toronto. I was standing about 12 feet away from the stunt double. I didn't see the actual helmet, as the stunt driver was wearing a black motorcycle helmet with white dots painted on it. The costume looked pretty cool in person.

    I took a few pictures on my cell. Will try to post those tomorrow.
     
  14. Flying Spaghetti Monster

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    No, it's a very good point, one that I couldn't quite put into words. I noticed taht the sterile Total REcall remake not only lacked the over-the-top violence that Verhoven put in the original, but it mad eit bland.,. Violence isn't everything, but it was clear that Robocop-Recall-Troopers-era Verhoven had a passion for using it for satire, morality plays as well as just a great way to to bring all the talent that goes into a film to bear on the finished product.
     
  15. davejames

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    True, the effects are still fantastic, but I was referring more to the dated set design, costumes, cars (like that fugly 6000 SUX), etc.

    Design-wise, I'd say the only things that still hold up are Robo and ED-209.

    What I love about it (especially compared to today's bloodless action movies) is that it creates a real, visceral reaction in you. It may be exaggerated, but those bullet wounds still look nasty and painful as hell-- which is probably the way it should be.
     
  16. Timby

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    It's kind of natural for it to be dated, though, because a large point of the design of RoboCop was to be satirical of the absurd excesses of Reagan-era corporate America. It's a product of its time. There was never any effort to make it look timeless -- it's only a rather unfortunate accident that Neumeier and Miner were oddly prescient about just how influential corporations would be in government in the not-too-distant future.

    That's why I'm digging the design of the new RoboCop. Just as the original model was big, bulky and moved at about .2 miles per hour (like a lot of industrial engineering of the '80s), this new RoboCop is rather clearly inspired by the Apple era of industrial design.
     
  17. RAMA

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    Just a thought, it's possible there's a reason for the "matte" finish of the suit, whether it be for FX or keeping glare out of the camera. I still like the design though.
     
  18. USS Mariner

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    ...and yet the Iron Man suits are pretty glossy. Maybe the effects company is comparatively low budget?
     
  19. Brikar99

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    Maybe the suite is matte so he can walk around stealthily in the dark.
     
  20. Yminale

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    I agree with the detractors. What made Robocop so good is the idea of a human being literally being trapped in a machine. These days many people would love the idea of their minds and souls in their Iphone. It just isn't the same.
     

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