‘RoboCop’ Receives PG-13 Rating…

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Columbia Pictures’ RoboCop, opening February 12, 2014, has officially been rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material.” Normally I don’t care about ratings, but one of the best things about the RoboCop franchise is the insane violence and gory effects. The fact that the remake is PG-13 is highly concerning to me, but I’ll refrain from judging until I see the flick.

In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilises their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

Director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) reimagines the tale of part man, part machine, all cop starring Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) as the title character, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the scientist who creates RoboCop, and Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) as media mogul Pat Novak. Peter Weller played the character in the original and the 1990 sequel.

 
  • doomas10

    Why I am not even f****** surprised? It is going to be a total recall remake trend. More expensive and polished than the original with good cast, lots of special effects and possibly action but dull, souless, no imagination and at the end of the day a terrible plot that makes the original looking like Citizen Kane.

  • doomas10

    PS that hand, that f****** hand, who thought that it was a great idea? Who? It looks so s***. Jesus, the film has the words doom written all over it. Mark my words

  • divisionbell

    The hand is indeed distracting. It looks terrible and I’m still baffled they went with it.

    Without Verhoeven’s level of violence this movie is going to pale in comparison. The death of Murphy alone is going to be limp. It’s really disappointing.

    • GarmentDistrict

      Not to make things worse, but I don’t think Murphy even dies in this remake.
      It’s gonna be crap.

  • djblack1313

    i’m not going to see this (i was never into the original films) but i completely adore Joel Kinnaman (he’s awesome on THE KILLING) and i hope the movie does well for Joel’s career.

    • Spike0037

      If they made the movie as violent as the original it would be NC-17. the original itt original version Got a X. I an not saying this is going to be better or as good as tbe original. But if you watch the first one it was a major commentary and society in the 80′s. Please if you or anyone else out on the boards can tell me how the can make the same movie without getting a NC-17 I would love to hear it.

  • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

    PG-13? Oh dear, I don’t like the sound of that. I’ll reserve judgment until I actually see the film, but PG-13 is not a good sign at all. And I agree with the hand. It looks terrible and it’s very distracting. Although, I’m guessing there’ll be some kind of significance behind it in the movie.

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  • bigval

    PG? OMG. Confirmation I won’t be seeing this crap.

    Robocop 1 & 2 are still this day two of the best action movies ever made.

    You have 15 seconds to comply!

  • Kroork

    I am personally not interested anymore :)

  • oneofthosedeadfckers

    As soon as I saw the trailer where he was fighting robots I said “NOPE, FUCK THIS SHIT”. If it was R-rated then maybe I’d watch it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gabbi.cordero Gabbi Cordero

    I share the concern over this film’s rating ever since I saw the iconic murder scene be replaced by a car explosion (lame). I don’t need blood and guts but the original film’s gritty style added to its charm, allure, and atmosphere as a dystopia. It’s sad that we live in a day and age where classics are constantly being recycled and our childhood films are being sold back to us. All that effort can be spent on new ideas and new stories. Worse still, is that these movies are watered down for “casual” appeal and child audiences. My hope is this film doesn’t end up as “Total Recall” 2014, though that’s the vibe it’s giving off.

  • LiamZH

    Maybe they left the hand so towards the end of the film, he actually has it blown off like in the original. Or something other drastic situation happens to it.

  • Rick-Taylor

    I’m not particularly enjoying the new GI Joe ninja look. The movie has a lot going against it but I will see it when it appears on Netflix.

  • tbaio

    I can actually deal with the watered down finished product….there’s a lot you can get away with even for a PG-13 rating. What is going to make or break this film is if the leads are not as good as the leads in the original film. Dan O’herlihy, Peter Weller, Ronny Cox & especially Jose Ferrer (whose never been better) made Robocop the vicious & at times funny cult pleaser it is still today. I’ll give it a chance, but I already miss Paul Verhoven’s style. We’ll see how it turns out.

  • sweetooth

    They need to stop remaking Verhoeven. No one making these things understands what made the originals so great.

    I’ll give you a hint, the timelessness hasn’t stemmed from the special effects or even the action, it’s because of the hyperviolence and the satire which are completely intertwined in every single film he’s done.

    If you play Robocop straight it doesn’t even really need to be called Robocop anymore.

    Also, for everyone not concerned about the rating…remember EVERYTHING after Robocop 2?

  • CaptainHowdee

    I don’t think the movie will be watered down just because it’s PG-13. After all, PG-13 movies are indeed more violent than R movies.

    • djblack1313

      “After all, PG-13 movies are indeed more violent than R movies.”

      what?

      • thatenddown

        Pretty much, yeah. The violence in PG-13 films tends to be bloodless — or contain minimal blood — and have higher body counts. The MPAA don’t have any problems with high body counts and frequent gun- and fistfights as long as the blood is at a minimum.

      • CaptainHowdee

        Awhile back some studies were shown that movies that are rated PG-13 are just as violent, if not more violent than R-rated movies.

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  • VictorCrowley

    Will only see this POS because Michael Keaton is in it.