Upon seeing the trailer for the upcoming Robocop film, starring Joel Kinnaman of AMC’s crime drama The Killing, you are struck by one thing while sitting in that movie theater. It is not that this looks like it has a chance of being a fresh, inventive take on this tale (if the almost robot-ninja way Robocop looks and moves doesn’t ruin it). Nor is it the interesting cast that includes Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman.
No… you are struck silent by the stupefying question that a grown man seated behind you asks another, as a moment of quiet descends in the theater once the trailer ends.
The question: “Is that a remake?”
And with that, I present the trailer…
You turned down going to see a retrospective theatrical showing of Tim Burton’s 1989 film, Batman, because you had to get up early the next morning to attend an eight-hour library science course lecture on a Saturday. A lone, sad cry is then heard in the back of your mind as your 1989 counterpart (who saw the film in a theater with your dad as a father/ son outing) sends you a psychic message of his disapproval and perceived betrayal on your part toward the memory of your childhood.
Every time you see Peter Facinelli’s character, Dr. Fitch Cooper, on the Showtime original series Nurse Jackie, you keep thinking to yourself, “This is what it would’ve been like if Bill Blazejowski had decided to go to medical school.”
* NOTE: Bill Blazejowski is Michael Keaton’s character from the 1982 Ron Howard movie, Night Shift. (If you knew this fact beforehand, and are under the age of 50, you can count this as an additional method for “how to tell you’re a nerd”).