While we're many, many years from seeing highly intelligent robots patrol city streets, we can at least imagine it in the freshly released trailer for "RoboCop."
Joel Kinnaman takes on the role of RoboCop in the movie, which also stars familiar names such as Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
The action takes place in Detroit around 2028, and as evidenced in the trailer, the film will deliver some impressive futuristic visuals of how life could look 15 years from now. Here's the official synopsis for "RoboCop" from Sony Pictures:
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
According to a LA Times interview with "RoboCop" director Jose Padilha, the sci-fi flick echoes the political vibes expressed in the original "RoboCop." Instead of the apartheid and nuclear proliferation themes of yesteryear, the new "RoboCop" tiffs on topics such as Iran, the ethics of using drones on the battlefield (and at home), and other subjects.
"RoboCop" premieres in theaters February 7, 2014.