There are few movies that better define the ’80s, or rather ’80s excess, better than RoboCop. And, as such, everybody’s been wondering just how the action will come together. Hence, this new clip.
RoboCop Versus RoboCops
The clip is a set-up for a field test. Alex Murphy, with his new cybernetic body and his less-than-joyful attitude towards his new situation in life, has to gun down a lot of robots while avoiding getting shot himself. Needless to say, there’s a little more to it overall than just a test run of his systems, although Alex himself doesn’t know it.
If you haven’t been following the movie, those robots he’s gunning down by the dozens are the little brothers of the ED-209, which you probably remember from the original. It turns out that, in the future, we’ve refined robot soldiers to such a point that we tend to use them to solve all of our problems overseas, especially when it comes to policing the populace that may kind of, you know, want Americans to leave and let them hold their own elections. They also have a tendency to, uh, malfunction.
Needless to say, though, that’s taking a backseat to profit; OCP wants to have robocops on every street corner in America, whether that’s actually safe or not… and that’s where RoboCop comes in.
The Future Of Law Enforcement
Honestly, the movie’s overall theme and pointed question about whether we should leave anything solely in the hands of robots is pretty timely, and we’ll be curious to see how it pulls it off. OK, we’re also curious to see how many robots he gets to shoot in the face and whether he’ll put a Desert Eagle round in a rapist’s crotch. Probably not: This is the twenty-first century. We’ll find out this Valentine’s Day.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.