To Serve and Protect

01-Jul-07 12:49 PM by
Filed under Films, Television; 6 comments.

Speaking of top films lists, Entertainment Weekly has published, in preparation for Transformers: The Movie, "our 10 favorite mechanical men (and fembots) in movie history". The list honors good guys such as the Iron Giant (a hero after my own Superman-inspired heart, and the subject of scrutiny in the film studies course I taught), Data, and R2-D2 and C-3PO (who I'd never consciously realized to be an Odd Couple) — but also appropriately celebrates the persistent destruction wrought by darker cyborgs, Robocop and the Terminator (the latter described as "an all-purpose golem").

These two futuristic deathbringers represent possibly my favorite action films ever: the original Robocop film and the second Terminator. The former is a haunting tale of a man robbed of his family, his memory, even his emotions — everything but his career. He uses that sole connection to give his life purpose and, eventually, his audience a TV series that I actually enjoyed. The latter is a villain sent from the future to alter the past… but for better, or for worse? Plot twists, character dynamics (especially the humanity of the Terminator and lack of same in Sarah Connor), and awesome action sequences make this a film that's more than meets the eye.

Too bad these two robotic icons never encountered each other… or did they?!

6 Responses to “To Serve and Protect”

  1. Ken Gagne adds:

    A 20th anniversary edition of Robocop is releasing on DVD this August 21st. See this feature for more details on the package's contents.

  2. Ken Gagne adds:

    Yeah, the ending did get a bit strange. But overall, the artist did an amazingly good job splicing the two together. Check out his other videos, which include other popular amalgams (Robocop vs. Neo, Terminator vs. Reneault Clio, more Terminator vs. Robocop, et al).

  3. peterw adds:

    LOL! That's great!

    However correct me here, but shouldn't the title read "Robocop vs. Terminator vs. …"? :-)

  4. Brandon adds:

    Very well done.

  5. Cooper adds:

    I can't wait, i have the most fond memories of this seires (at least the first and second movie). I can't believe the director of Pi and Requiem is on board this though, i mean he's amazing and i love what he has done but this just seems like a mildy weird fit. the only thing i can imagine him doing really well is the bad guys in the film since that's one of my most memorable thing about the originals, psychotic, Nuke addicted, awesome bad guys. also his movies always have really great music so i'm confident the soundtrack will be top-notch too.i hope they stay true to the original outfit but add in all kinds of technology i never understood he didn't have in the first place like a parachute cause he fell ALOT in all 3 movies. Can't remember the name of the main villain from the first one but he's the dad on That 70 s Show (most recent thing i can think of him in) and it'd be great if he reprised the role, i don't care if he's old he kinda looked old in the original can't come soon enough for this guy!

  6. Ken Gagne adds:

    I haven't heard the name of Hans-Christian Schmid, director of Pi and Requiem, attached to the reboot of Robocop. Are you sure that's right?