February 12, 2014
When the original “RoboCop” premiered in 1987, the idea of a resurrected man in a machine body battling autonomous killer droids was only slightly less outlandish than the replicants of “Blade Runner” or a sociopathic artificial intelligence in “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Flash forward nearly three decades to the “RoboCop” remake. Our protagonist, Alex Murphy, instead of being brought back from the dead, is only critically injured when robbed of his agency, which leads to this popcorn action-flick tackling a different breed of philosophical issues than its predecessor.
While the 1987 version spoke to the blurring line between man and machine and the moral responsibilities of science, the 2014 “RoboCop” more readily addresses those meaty cyberpunk themes, thanks in part to the science and technology being conducted in today’s research labs at a pace that is scarily sailing toward science fiction.