The Robocop remake is out today — but it might not be the only re-working of the original movie's world.
After reading the movie review, a discussion began about the differences between a remake and a re-imaging — and just where videogame Deus Ex: Human Revolution , with its direct references to the original Robocop (see the clip above), might fall on that spectrum:
It's not a remake. It's a reimagining. This iteration takes the character to a different place, at a different time, for a different generation.
Yes, the movie raises many intriguing questions about contemporary issues (robotic drones, the influence of media on public opinion, corporate encroachment) , as well as timeless ones (what is consciousness? what makes a human, human?) That it mostly leaves these questions dangling is not a deal-killer, for me.
The more I hear about this movie it sounds like it has more in common with Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which was another, but less explicit, re-imagining of the original Robocop.
[Human Revolution] borrowed tone and theme from Robocop, Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell (at least). The whole "implanting" montage especially borrowed from the little decent cyberpunk anime out there.
I recently picked up that game once again (hoping to finally actually finish it) and I definitely agree. Especially where the corporations are considering their patients as products instead of people they helped.
That being said, there's this one part about an hour or two into the game where you sneak around a police station. One of the many conversations you overhear is two cops talking about RoboCop and discussing its plot. If your character (a former cop) enters the room where they're speaking, one of them will say "Hey, I think we were just talking about you."
There were also some suggestions for other movies that might fall into the re-imagining category:
Carptenter's The Thing and Cronenberg's The Fly are re-imaginings, being about as far removed from their original versions as you can get.
So, how do you draw the line between a remake, a re-imagining, or just a plain reference — and how would you parse out some of the recent remakes among these three categories?