Back when the original RoboCop was released in 1987 it was an over-the-top action film with bad ass special effects (for 1987) and kept viewers at the edge of their seats. It also carried with it a hefty social message about greed and urban decay. Hidden underneath the action and gore was a pretty thought provoking movie…even with That 70’s show‘s Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith) putting boots to mechanical asses.
In a recent interview with the United Kingdom’s The Telegraph, José Padilha spoke about how his RoboCop will be different but keep the film’s social commentary the same. José, who’s latest film Elite Squad: The Enemy Within became the most commercially successful Brazilian film in history, isn’t afraid of the to keep the messages of the 1987 classic.
“The satire element of RoboCop is, I think, needed today,” he said “That kind of social, aggressive satire I haven’t seen done well in movies lately. And it’s almost like the politics and violence in the world is asking for this: ‘Someone please make some satire now!’ So we’re going to keep that edge.”
It seems most remakes end up as steaming piles of crap, the risk is high that critics everywhere will have a field day bashing this film. Padilha isn’t worried about a lashing though:
“I just don’t think about it. If people want to misunderstand it, it’s their problem.
“This is something that happened with films throughout history. Elite Squad became one of those. Taxi Driver is famous for that kind of misunderstanding. But, as a filmmaker, I don’t feel like constraining artistic expression by second guessing an audience. I have to be clear with myself and very conscious of what I am trying to say. Misunderstandings will always take place: it’s unavoidable.”
As for expanding on issues of greed, violence and the limits of police justice José simply isn’t bothered by it. With the advantage of having a documentarian backround he has that ability to hide the true message among plot exposition and explosions, but that doesn’t mean he’s not thinking ahead.
“My statements are general. I’m not going after a particular individual or group and taking them out of business – that’s what gets you killed.”
If your wondering what to expect for the 2013 release of the rebooted Robocop then be sure to pick up Elite Squad: The Enemy Within on DVD and Blu-ray now and get a sense of what Padilha has in store for us.
Via: The Telegraph