Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: They Just Didn’t Get It Edition


Last night, during some rare-ish downtime, I happened to bump into the original 1987 Robocop on cable, and was once again amazed at how good a movie it actually is.  Peter Weller delivers a powerful, understated performance, the choreography is joyfully over-the-top, and the visual effects (admittedly showing their age) are still effective.  Most interestingly, I got another chance to compare it to the newest version of the film, and recognized where I feel the remakers (is that a word?) went astray.  Rather than the kickass, sleek action/adventure hero role of the 2014 film, the original Robocop is a character derived more from Frankenstein than from Batman. Alex Murphy’s cyborg form is bulky and weirdly angled, and the “powers” that he exhibits are brutal and full of body horror.  The sight of Murphy’s face painfully stretched across the circuitry of his robot head is tinged with horror, making us wonder if there *is* any of Alex left, leaving us with a moment designed to shock and repulse.  (It’s one of the few “unmasking” scenes in a quasi-superhero movie that I actually agree needed to be there.)  ‘Course, this isn’t the first time producers missed the mark on reworking an existing property, which leads us into today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still can’t watch the “helmet screws” sequence with cringing, even 25 years down the line, asking: What remake, reboot or relaunch most missed the mark?