If there’s one thing Paul Verhoeven’s original “Robocop” is famous for, it’s the level of violence. Rated X, it was ultimately edited down to an R and is still considered one of the more brutally violent films of the 1980s.
Next week’s upcoming remake by filmmaker Jose Padilha is a different story – it’s PG-13. It gets away with a lot for a PG-13 film, yet that lighter rating means many are still highly suspicious regarding the movie and its potential quality. The film’s star Joel Kinnaman recently spoke with Collider and explained why he thinks the lighter rating works in this case:
“After seeing what we got away with with PG-13 that battle became quite irrelevant… The violence of the of the original RoboCop was so much aligned with Verhoeven’s cinematic tone and his comedic tone, and our film is carrying Jose’s tone which he’s a completely different filmmaker, so the violence that we have in our movie completely makes sense in terms of who Jose is.”
Will fans and critics go along for the ride? We’ll find out shortly as the film begins an international rollout this week in Asia, Australia, and much of Europe ahead of its U.S. debut next Wednesday.