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Re-booted 'RoboCop' plays science-fiction as science-fact

The 1987 science-fiction classic 'RoboCop,' opening Wednesday, is rebuilt for a new century of moviegoers.
February 12, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
A 1987 science fiction classic is rebuilt for a new century of moviegoers. The state-of-the-art "RoboCop" blasts his way into theaters Wednesday.

It's been 27 years since the original RoboCop came to keep the peace. The action-filled film is re-imagined for a new generation, with Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman taking over Peter Weller's iconic role.

Kinnaman was such a fan of the original he didn't have to think twice about accepting the hard-hitting role. He's been dreaming about it since he was a youngster.

"My mom was a therapist and she wanted me to go see one of her colleagues because I couldn't stop doing the 'robo-walk' after I saw the film," said Kinnaman. "I was obsessed with the movie as a kid."

The new "RoboCop" utilizes every ounce of imagination in the world of technology. But the film offers more than just state-of-the-art wizardry and high-tech bells and whistles.

"It's a very rare opportunity to get to make a big, exciting action movie on a grand scale that also has a strong emotional core with a lot of drama, and also talks about some really interesting political and philosophical ideas," said Kinnaman.

"The first one was science-fiction, and this now feels more like science-fact," said Gary Oldman, who co-stars in the new movie. "I think we're in a world at the moment where that exists everywhere, in every walk of life, I think at the moment. That, just because you can, is it better?"

"RoboCop" also stars Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley and Samuel L. Jackson. It's rated PG-13.