Director: Jose Padilha. Cast: Joel Kinneman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel. 108 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Crime/Sci-fi.
Considering how critics have trashed both this and the Total Recall remake, and how everybody was losing their mind over casting Daniel Craig as the new James Bond, I just think we're getting the philosophy of a good remake wrong. An admirable remake is one that both takes root from the original, and improves upon its main themes, and this Robocop does just that. Yes, it's less gory than the original (probably to capture a wider audience), but the political corruption and human vs. robot themes are deeper and more updated. And Gary Oldman is such a treasure.
PS #1: Iranians as suicide bombers? Gimme a break.
PS #2: JZ ... thanks for the recommendation!