This article reminded me of the movie (still haven't seen):Robot cops rule! Humanoids take over streets of Kinshasa to tackle traffic chaoshttp://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/tech/robot-cops-rule-kinshasa/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
How do you solve the problem of choking road traffic in one of the world's bustling megacities? You bring in the robot cops.
In Kinshasa, the sprawling capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, two humanoid robots have been installed in high-traffic areas to regulate the flow of vehicles and help drivers and pedestrians traverse the roads safely.
Standing eight feet tall, the robot traffic wardens are on duty 24 hours a day, their towering -- even scarecrow-like -- mass visible from afar. They are powered by solar panels and are equipped with rotating chests and surveillance cameras that record the flow of vehicles.
The humanoids, which are installed on Kinshasa's busy Triomphal and Lumumba intersections, are built of aluminum and stainless steel to endure the city's year-round hot climate.
Featuring green and red lights, Kinshasa's robot cops are designed to merge some of the functions of human officers and traffic lights. The anthropomorphic robots can raise or bend their arms to stop passing vehicles or let others pass, and are also programmed to speak, indicating to pedestrians when they can cross the road.
Alas, no cool sidearms or rotary cannons.
They seem closer to X-MENs' Sentinels...
I almost talked myself into seeing a $15.75 IMAX show Sunday. I checked and about 6 people had bought tickets about an hour before it was to start in the afternoon. Me thinks a lot of studios didn't expect The Lego Movie to pulverize them in a "dead" movie month (Feb.).
imho, the lesson forgotten from Verhoeven's film is it wasn't a big budget movie (it was $13M in 1987 though in my mind it's always about a $30M-$40M-looking film) and its box office was relatively good ($53.4M) for such a cheap film but not a blockbuster by any means.
In retrospect, I would've loved if Neil Blokamp (District 9, Elysium) had taken a stab at a Robocop reboot. He seems adept at making a modest budget seem massive, even if I found Elysium rather disappointing, and he might've done something clever with the political angles.