Robocop is rolling fat, heading for cinemas. José Padilha’s remake hopes to repeat the breakout success of the original, whose blend of black comedy, sci-fi SFX, existential angst and dystopian fun-with-a-gun won admirers in both the action and irony camps. Judging from the trailer, the new movie will reprise the major themes. I’ll buy that for a dollar! Yes but—in Paul Verhoeven‘s day Omni Consumer Products (OCP) was the bad guy. In the present day, cops are increasingly seen as unaccountable foot soldiers for Statists (i.e. the government); shooting pets and vets, confiscating shampoo bottles at airports and secretly tracking porn consumption. Will that matter? Robocop him/itself is still the good guy fighting against (for?) himself. And cinematic cops are still heroes, generally speaking. Perhaps there’s a throwaway line about the loss of liberty under the jackboot of killer cops somewhere in the middle of all that gunplay. Perhaps not. . .