The remake of the 1987 original still has its setting as a dystopian, futuristic Detroit, home to conglomerate OmniCorp, which plans to revolutionise global law enforcement with its robot technology including hulking ED-209 drones.
Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), scheming CEO of OmniCorp, realises that he needs to pluck consumers’ heartstrings to sway political opinion.
“We’ve got to give Americans a product they can love,” Sellars tells his head of legal affairs, Liz Kline (Jennifer Ehle), and head of marketing, Tom Pope (Jay Baruchel).
The golden goose is incorruptible cop Alex Murphy (Kinnaman), who is critically injured and can be rebuilt with OmniCorp technology pioneered by Dr Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman). Alex’s wife Clara (Abbie Cornish) signs the medical release form, and her husband is reborn as the eponymous saviour.
It’s on at the Hollywood Plaza from Friday February 14.