Classic Trailer Flashback – “Robocop” (1987)
When the trailer was released for Paul Verhoeven’s crime/action thriller “Robocop” I can see where people wouldn’t know what to expect. Keep in mind this was the time when Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Norris, Bronson, and company were defining the action genre with tons of bullets, blood, and bodies. Naturally some would watch the Robocop trailer and expect the same. Bullets, blood, and bodies were aplenty (prior to the final edit the film originally received an X rating strictly for its graphic violence). But as it turned out “Robocop” had much more to say than people expected. Themes of police corruption, media manipulation, and authoritarianism among other things were clearly explored making “Robocop” more than your run-of-the-mill action flick.