Thursday, July 16, 2009

Revisiting RoboCop

I'll always remember reading the book based on the RoboCop movie.

I must have been eight or nine and I asked my mother to buy it for me when we were in WHSmiths. I was too young to read it but I managed to sweet talk her into buying it for me.

Then, I got home, opened it up and one of the first words on the initial page read 'Mother Fucker'.

It was the first time I had ever read a swear word in a book. I can't really explain how I felt but it was like an adrenaline rush knowing I was reading a book I wasn't supposed to be.

A few months later, I saw the movie itself.

It became one of my favourite films.

This must have been 1987 or 1988 and I can still remember recording it on Sky Movies and watching it a lot of times during my first year of high school in 1990.

I hadn't seen it for years but I bought the DVD trilogy a few months ago and vowed to watch it on a day when I had nothing better to do.

And that day came.

The film has aged over the years. This is ironic considering the film was set in the future. I'm not sure if we've actually reached the year it is meant to be set in. I should have done more research!

The effects are not as great through thirty-year old eyes. The version I have here is a director's cut and I didn't recognise anything different - it may have been gorier than before but it was full of bloody shootouts without the director's cut being... cut.

There is a reason why I decided to revisit the RoboCop story.

Darren Aronofsky - director of The Wrestler - is currently working on a remake.

Yes - another remake!

It will be interesting to see how new technology will tell the tale.

It will be even more interesting to see how it will also age twenty-two years from its release.

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